Back to the Sunflower

It’s not usual for me to step away from a large project the way I have with the sunflower scrap piece, but I certainly did. Time to refocus and move this project forward.  Progress may continue in a slow manner, however, because I do have several small projects that are time sensitive and need to be completed soon. But for now, here is where I am on beginning the quilting that will fill the background on Sunflower Scrap VI.

Franki Kohler,

Beginning progress

I am quilting with a 60-weight cotton that coordinates with the peach fabric surrounding the sunflower fabric scraps. I’m pleased with the effect this contrast is having — standing several feet away, you cannot make out the detail of the quilting design but the thread imbues a kind of ‘glow’ to the fabric. As the quilting moves away from the flowers and vines I will switch to a light blue thread of the same weight.

Time to get back at it. You can see the beginnings of this project here.

This posting has been shared with Off the Wall Fridays.


Olive Hyde Gallery Exhibit

Seven of my pieces have been accepted for the 46th Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, California. I’ve had my work at this gallery in the past, but not with so few artists — six artists have work in this exhibit.

My five Sunflower Scrap pieces, Woodwardia Wonder and Oakleaf Hydrangea II will be there.

OakleafHydrangea-II_FullHere are the particulars:

46th Annual Textile Exhibition

March 28 – April 27, 2014

Olive Hyde Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA

Opening Artist Reception: Friday, March 28, 7 – 9 p.m.

Sunflower Scrap V Done

After making several of these foot-square sunflower quilts my sister shared a half yard of sunflower fabric with me. When I saw Christy last month, she handed me a scrap of another sunflower fabric. It came together. . .

I shared the beginning of this piece here. The half yard of light-colored sunflower batik provided a perfect backdrop for the portion of a large sunflower on the darker batik fabric. Here it is well on its way.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap V almost done For the first time, adding stems to the flowers made complete sense. I think the stems make the two fabrics more of an equal partnership here. What do you think?

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap V, 12" x 12", 2013, For Sale

I used 4 threads on this project: a variegated Madeira metallic for the large sunflower, 50-wt. DMC yellow-gold for the small sunflowers and some of the background quilting, 60-wt. Mettler thread in rust for leaves and the stem on the large sunflower and a 60-wt. Mettler in a neutral color for the rest of the background quilting.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap V, detail

As often happens, I had one set of beads out to fill the center of the flowers but changed my mind mid-course.

New images of the entire series can be seen on my gallery.

Sunflower Scrap IV Fini

Done. And I’m rather happy with the nuanced differences in this one. I outline quilted the vines and leaves with the gold-orange thread and tried my hand with some new quilting designs.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap IV, 12" x 12", 2013

I used two colors of beads in the center.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower-Scrap-IV-FiniDetail

See the first three in this series here.

Creative Procrastination

My holiday cards arrived yesterday.  But having just rescued my muse from captivity in Illinois (If this sounds confusing, become enlightened here.) I am more keenly aware of her bidding so I’m in the studio.

Another scrap of sunflower fabric has presented itself for audition. I have appliqued it to a soft peachy fabric and have placed it on a nice piece of beige upholstery fabric.


This will be #4 in my Sunflower Scrap series and will measure 12″ x 12″. (You can see the others here: #1, #2, #3.)  The size of this piece doesn’t make it a 10-minute job — it presents all the thought-provoking elements of any work of art: color, shape, line, texture, space, form, and value. Then there are the principles of design to consider: unity, focal point, scale/proportion, balance, rhythm and variety. Seriously considering all these things takes time so it is my practice to go slow, evaluating each step over time. The first decision is what shape and size the peachy fabric will take before it is appliqued to the foundation fabric.

So — while I consider the next decision of creating this one, I’ll turn my attention to those holiday cards.

Art Reception

The reception for my solo show at Creative Framing & Gallery was Saturday, October 20 from 6 – 9 pm. People came and went almost as if they had a time-stamped ticket which meant that the gallery was never over crowded and I had an opportunity to talk with everyone who came — a real treat.

The back wall here shows Ginkgo Dust Up with 8 journal page quilts.

Nature’s Fractal came home in late September after two years of travel with the SAQA Art Meets Science exhibit — just in time to be included in the show!

The Sunflower Scrap series was a hit.

And there were plenty of questions about how the broken ginkgo series was created.

The blackbirds always create a stir.

Here I am with gallery owner Heather Piazza.

The exhibit is up through October 31. If you stop by, be sure to sign the guest book and let me know what you thought.