Chantal Guillermet – Series #2 : Wallflowers : Botanical study
My second flower is “Wallflower”, in French “Giroflée des murailles”.
Material : Hand-dyed popeline, vintage linen and lace – Rayon thread – Discharge paste and Inktense pencils
Inspiration : Wallflowers is a typical old fashioned flower growing wild into gardens or along old walls and ruins. Its symbolism in the language of flowers is “Fidelity in adversity”, “Faith in love” and “promptness”: this is the text that I have quilted on the backgroung, in English and French. Wallflowers can be white or purple but the ones I prefer are the yellow and orange ones and the dark red and brown wild ones . I like how the colours blend on their petals.
Techniques : Like I did in my first botanical quilt the different fabrics are fused on the batting and then the background is heavily quilted. I have used thread sketching for the flower study and the flower branch using brown thread instead of black. My design is reproduced on a tracing paper, the tracing paper is removed at the end. This part is a little bit tedious but the method allows a good reproduction of the design.
Before adding inktense pencil, I have discharged the inside of the plant. I wanted the colour to be light, like a shadow. On the right, the fence design has been stencilled with acrylic gold paint and free motion quilted. The quilt is faced.
Close up View:
Quilts in Series – Wallflowers
Quilt 1 Quilt 2