This quilt is the second in a series of quilts using the silhouettes of black eyed susan seed heads. By November, all that remains of my favorite flowers are these dark seeds. The birds sit and feed on them in the winter. Some of the seeds escape and produce new plants the following spring. The first quilt used a bright cheerful background; this piece uses a somber selection of gray and brown.
The seed heads of coneflowers and black eyed susans are embroidered over a hand painted wintry gray background. The border is made of pieced triangles in grey and beige. The seed heads are embroidered with solid and variegated threads. Circular stitching in brown and gold metallic thread emphasizes the detail in the larger coneflower seed pods. The piece is quilted to give the feeling of a windy day. The border is heavily quilted with branches of leaves stitched in gray thread surrounded by heavy stippling. The binding is a green and gray print.
This quilt is now hanging in the community room of the new Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant, WI
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