Since I have framed the stitched Bleeding Heart from Curtis Boehringer's Wildflowers of America I decided to track down the other 3 wildflowers that had I stiched earlier. I chose these flowers because they reminded me of the forests of Ohio where I grew up - Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wake Robin and Bloodroot.
The Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Wake Robin where both finished with fabric frames. This was a favorite finishing technique of mine for a long time. On the back they are dated 1999 - that was a while ago.
I remember the quilt store where I purchased the fabric, but not its name. It's gone now but it was in an old Victorian house in Old Colorado City. The turrets where lined with bolts of fabric and hey had a great selection of plaids.
I had never heard name Wake Robin before and it means nothing to me, but the flower is definitely a Trillium. Back then, I dutifully followed the pattern. Now I would have used the name Trillium or omitted the letters altogether.
I do miss seeing these two flowers in the spring. Maybe sometime I'll be in the right place at the right time and see them again. Until then, I'll enjoy the Colorado wildflowers.
I really liked these two designs and they way they turned out. The Bloodroot was another story. As you would expect from its name, the stem and roots of the Bloodroot are red. The roots where included in the design. What looks good in nature and on paper didn't look as good on linen.
The Bloodroot and Bleeding Heart went into the drawer.
I pulled out the Bloodroot a while back while making a crazy quilt and chopped off the root and put it in a block.
After losing the roots the flower was much improved. The flowers look so happy in the quilt block. After all, there are many ways to frame a piece.
At the time, I couldn't chop up the Bleeding Heart so it went back into the drawer until 2010. I'm going to continue making an effort to get those pieces out of the drawer. I still have a few more living there.