Woodwardia Ferns Done

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a completed project and since this one is done before deadline I’m feeling an extra measure of satisfaction.

“Woodwardia Ferns” measures 49″ x 65 1/4″ and is the largest art quilt I’ve made to date. The three heliographic prints were begun in the early summer. These fabulous fronds come from a plant growing in the backyard of my friend Jennifer, a green-thumb pal who, like most avid gardeners, is very generous with her plants.

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Back in July I was Riffing on 3. You know, 3 ferns, 3 rows of checks — my third riff isn’t quite as obvious. It’s the quilting design: the surface is divided into 3 sections. The first section is five 45-degree-angle areas, each 5″ wide, defined by 1/4″ lines of unquilted space. The 5 sections span the width of the quilt, starting at the bottom left side and ending at the top right side. The remaining 2 sections of the surface are divided into the same 5″-wide sections, but these are marked at 60-degree angles off of the 45-degree lines of the middle section.  This subtle layer of design is not apparent until you are close to the quilt. Several of the detail photos in the slideshow reveal it. Sunset gold Lumiere paint  accents the 3 stems and helps to unify the piece.

“Woodwardia Ferns” will be the centerpiece of my solo exhibit Borrowed From Nature at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland beginning this Saturday, October 1 and running through the end of the month. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll make a point of stopping by. The artist reception is Saturday, October 22, 6 – 8 pm.

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    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thanks for sharing my site Maureen. Nice to know that I’m not the only woman out here possessed with the fern. Does she like ginkgos too??

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      And thank you for the feedback. Come again soon. I’m working on more fun pieces which are turning out to be quite a series.

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