|Cathi Bodine Water Lily|
My husband has told me more than once that “we’re not models”. Usually this is proffered in response to some disappointment with my appearance or an ill-fitting outfit. He reminds me that beauty emanates from the inside: how we think, how we act, what we say. Sure something can be beautiful on the outside, but lasting beauty is from within.
I was reminded of this when I decided to create “Inner Glow”. At first I couldn’t explain my fascination with my friend Cathi Bodine’s photo of a water lily. I have never wanted to make a flower. Even though this flower is beautiful, flowers just aren’t my thing. But the image was so compelling! Eventually, I realized it was the glow emanating from the center of the lily. I really wanted to capture the essence of the flower more than the structure.
For months I stared at the photo, certain it was beyond my capability. When Diane issued the challenge to swing for the fences, I knew my time had come to attempt this piece. In addition to the subject matter, I stretched myself with the quilting.
I typically use a single color thread in the bobbin when I quilt. It’s also not unusual for me to create an envelope binding where the quilting is not visible from the back. On this quilt I decided to reflect the front on the back by using the same color thread. I guess it could be considered a variation of the inner glow, but my true motivation was to swing for the fences by going beyond my norm.
|Inner Glow - Back|
To create “Inner Glow” I painted a piece of white cotton muslin with Dr Ph Martin’s india inks. I used a variety of polyester and cotton threads for the quilting. I got carried away in the process and went beyond challenge dimensions (divisible by 9). My apologies. The piece measures 41” W by 24 ¼” H.