Last spring I wrote a story about a magical meadow of Himalayan blue poppies at the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Federal Way. (click here to read the original story). A beautiful photo by Katie Swickard, RSF Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator, illustrated the story.
Months later, I was delighted to hear from Lynn White, a Port Orchard quilter, who was inspired by Swickard's photo. For centuries, the intricacy and perfection of flowers have inspired artists. "It was the complementary blue and orange that drew me to these poppies from the moment I saw the photo in your column," Swickard wrote in an email. "The veins in the petals sure looked like quilting lines to me."
Lynn has completed her poppy quilt, which she plans to enter in the West Sound Quilt Guild show in October. Her fabric poppy captures the silky, gossamer like effect of the poppy's petals. I'm betting she wins a prize for her delicate yet bold work. How did she translate the ephemeral quality and ethereal color of this legendary poppy into thread and fabric?
Here's Katie's photo that Lynn used as her model:
And here's the finished quilt - isn't it amazing?