Thursday, February 27, 2014


KNOW  27"l x 9"w
Where would the human race be today without the accumulated knowledge of the centuries? I have been reading the Earth's Children series by Jean M Auel and find her well researched descriptions of the Ice Age landscape, fauna and flora fascinating. It is a matter of survival for the main characters to know where to find food and water. It really makes me feel inadequate in my knowledge about the natural environment.
I really know so little about the plants in my garden but thought it would be interesting to present ornamental and weed species together in a sample box style presentation.
We are so lucky as there is no kNOwledge we cannot gain from applied study, curiosity and desire.

 Materials- Cotton/linen blend fabric, rust, wadding, textile ink, thread
Techniques- Rusted, hand printed and painted, machine quilted


  1. I love the peacefulness of this! To me it represents the simplicity and essential nature of ancient knowledge. Both my grandparents were botanists and I know they'd cringe about my ignorance of plants. Granddad used to say weeds were merely volunteers. I often liked the weeds' flowers better than the others! It's all about perspective.

  2. Great piece, Sue! I love the sample box motif and your prints. My mother was really knowledgeable about all of the things you could forage for in the woods or field. I'm afraid a lot of that knowledge got lost.

  3. My garden cultivates 'wildflowers' too…usually the more robust of the plants. I was also very interested in the writings of Jean Auel and find your work very evocative. Thank you!

  4. I love the color of your piece, Sue. It's peaceful. I would like to use the colors in my quilts someday!

  5. Thanks for the lovely comments. I really enjoyed making this and I'm happy the piece has spoken to you too.