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Monday, May 23, 2016

Naturalizing with Iris

These two clumps are looking good along the driveway.  They are never watered other than what falls from the sky.  I did pull the weeds that were invading them, but other than that - no care.  Awesome!  My plan is that whenever I need to divide or move an iris clump, I will plug it in somewhere and let it fend for itself!  Tough little plants.  Gotta love them.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris - Cat's Eye

 This is a very showy iris across the garden.  Red iris are very rare and many hybridizers are trying to create one.  This one was introduced by Paul Black in 2002.  It has been sort of slow to establish and I am hoping for a nice clump someday.  I would plant it in other spots if I had enough increases - I really like the color.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Banded Tiger - Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris

I have two nice clumps of this one.  It is taller than some of the other dwarf iris and it makes a striking clump.  It was introduced by Schmieder in 2006.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dwarf Bearded Iris - Rosalie Loving

Rosalie Loving is a Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris introduced by Spoon 2003.  It can be a rebloomer.  It is a strong grower for me in Montana Zone 4.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dwarf Bearded Iris Zoomboomafoo

 Photos taken at two different times.  The light has a real impact on how an iris looks.  Bottom line - this colorful little iris looks great in any light!
Zoomboomafoo was introduced by Paul Black in 2007.  It is 14" tall.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris - Delft Elf

 I have a little clump of "Delft Elf" near the door to my studio.   It struggles - mainly because in the heat of summer, my dog sometimes decides to dig a bed in the soil there.  I love the dainty little flowers!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Seedling Beds

 Last fall, I finished building the seedling beds below the driveway.  I am a little astonished by how quickly they fill up with a few little seeds!   I was hoping I could do with just this set of seedling beds, but I may have to build more.  Groan....

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Germinating Iris Seeds

I've had these iris seeds in the refrigerator in moist peat moss for many weeks hoping they would sprout.  So excited to see these little babies germinating.  I have begun planting them in the seedling bed.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

i. lutescens

 I really love this species iris, native to Crimea.  It is called i. lutescens.  I have naturalized with it all around the driveway.  One of the first iris to open in the early spring.  It was first identified in 1789.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring! Apple Tree

I love this old apple tree with it's very wonky (many) trunks and strange shape.  It is happy this year!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

More Work on the Elements

I like the circles and I think the white strips are necessary.  I am now struggling with the yellow vertical lines in the lower right.  I feel something should be there to balance the bright pop of color in the upper left corner.  I think maybe less strips or maybe a more muted color....  Am I getting close?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On the Design Wall - Stepping Back

OK, so I finally feel like I am close enough that I can put this up on the design wall and stand back to look.  Again, sorry for the photo quality - still using the tablet!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Getting Closer

Still working on the table - which is difficult - but I feel like I am making progress in formulating my ideas and strategy.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Still Playing with Elements

I am digging through my pre-fused scraps trying to come up with some elements that are harmonious, yet interesting......

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dye Patterns on the Work Table





I've moved this piece to the work table and have trimmed the height to 41".  It still has the width because I am not sure yet where it should be cropped.  In this orientation, I am playing around with some additional elements that might bring it to life.  You can get a closer view of the quilting details.  The largest section - mulit-colored is raw silk.  The other fabrics are cotton.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Dye Patterns in the Running

Here is another UFO.  It is about 45 x 60", shown here cropped with photo editing to about 45 x 45".  The quilting has already been done and it was trimmed, but not bound. I was experimenting with using some of my surface design fabrics in large patches.  I feel that the fabrics are interesting on their own.  Interesting and exciting to me, anyway and finding a way to combine them was challenging.

This one was put aside because I was not sure it was dynamic enough.  I think it might work for the Dinner@Eight challenge.  I would call it Dye Patterns or something like that.  All the fabrics are different types of surface design with dye.  I am thinking maybe I can give it more life with some added elements that will create even more patterns.  The two circles and vertical strip of white print are just pinned in place on the design wall as I consider my options.

I apologize for the quality of the photo.  I did not have my SLR and was using my tablet.  The tablet is a great tool for working through imagery on the design wall, but the photos are too low res for the web. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Demolition Series Under Consideration

This series dates back probably 4 years or more.  I was doing a lot of deconstructed screen printing and  was so crazy about it.  It is difficult to work with the fabric to create a final piece, though.  I tried and had some minor success.  This is one that I put together, layered, pinned, and set aside.  It is overprinted with a Thermofax screen that was created using the imagery from the deconstructed prints.  It is plenty big and could be trimmed to 40 x 40.  Trimming it to square would give it better balance.  This is one piece from the UFO box that would actually be improved by cropping.  I would remove from the white side.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Deconstructed Dandelions 40 x 40?

Rummaging around in boxes, I found this piece.  It is already partly quilted.  It is deconstructed printing and submersible dye printed fabrics cut in crazy random triangles and collaged.  I block printed some leaves because it said Dandelions to me.  So - I made a leaf block and printed away.  There is not a good defined pattern here.  It does meet the 40" criteria.  I think I could quilt the design in black and make the dandelion and leaf imagery pop.  But I found others in the box of UFO's!  Stay tuned.