Sunday, 27 April 2008

Sunflower Fairy Gothic Arch


The new theme is up on the Gothic Arches Challenge site and my very good internet friend Debby is the hostess this week. The theme is Garden Fairies, rather appropriate for the first day that we have been able to sit outside this year. The daffodils in our garden are finally flowering too and I love their shining yellow faces but my all time favourite yellow flower is the sunflower, a taste I share with a much more famous countryman of mine, Vincent van Gogh. By great good fortune I found one of my fabric/paper collages in which I had used vintage French text, lots of yellow and napkins with images of the French countryside and of course the totally stunning fields full of sunflowers which you can admire there later on in the year.

Fortune kept on shining on me as I immediately found an image to fit the arch, from the Alphastamps Quite Contrary#2 fabric sheet. I cut the lady out and added her sunflower wings which came from a sunflower fabric (I have what can only be called a collection of them!) and which were Bondawebbed (or Wonderundered in US) underneath the image. Another fabric provided the little sunflowers which adorn her dress, the bouquet in her hands and the sun image at the top of the arch. To all of these I stitched gold size 11 seed beads. The arch really needed nothing else but being sewn onto a watercolour paper background with a variegated yellow cotton thread and satin stitch.

To check out my collection of sunflower fabrics I'm also showing you a quilt which is a class sample, not one of my exhibition quilts. Nevertheless, it's one of my favourites as it just lifts my heart whenever I see it. All that yellow is so joyfull. It's called Vincents Flowers (what else??).

27 comments:

Laura said...

Wow! How stunning! I love sunflowers, too. They make me smile.

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow Frida wonderful creations. So summer feeling. Love it.

Dawne said...

absolutely gorgeous xxxx

Femmy said...

amazing arch!!! love all about it!
more of us have the same problem ( all bloggeraccounts) post it without the link, than it will go fine. the first post ended in ths spam, they have to unspam us!

Anne S. said...

Oooh boy, just great!!

Faye said...

So colorful and beautiful!

herminesplace said...

Vind je arch helemaal geweldig en wat een schitterende quilt.

Karen Owen said...

Frieda, the arch is gorgeous! I love how you used sunflowers for the wings, clever girl! The quilt is "prachtig" too.

Kersten said...

What a phenomenal arch, Frieda - and quilt, too. Both make me think of summer to come, of late July/early August gardens and warm, warm sun.

Kersten said...

What a phenomenal arch, Frieda - and quilt, too. Both make me think of summer to come, of late July/early August gardens and warm, warm sun.

Ms Dragonfly said...

they are amazing!! wow :)

KardKrazy said...

This is just stunning!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Frieda, I love your sunflower art.

Debby said...

Frieda your sunflower fairy is stunning. Gorgeous. I also love your quilt. Thanks so much for playing.
Debby

Jean said...

Beautiful! Love the colors in your artch!!

Kris Dickinson said...

This is amazing! LOVE the quilt as well!

~*~Patty said...

WOW Frieda, breathtaking arch!!!

Judy said...

Another amazing arch, Frieda, yes sunflowers do make you smile - just beautiful!
JudyNZ

Tova said...

Love sunflowers, and your arch is fabulous !!!

christine said...

Wonderful creations. Love it.

filetta said...

thank for your comment ! Your arch is wonderful ! love the watercolors, and the fairy is delicious !

Lenna Andrews said...

So beautiful, Frieda! Both the arch the sample quilt!! The colour yellow so does suit you!

Théalie said...

Très jolie arche qui donne envie d'aller se promener dans la nature !

Christa said...

Great arch, love the colors!

truutske said...

Whow This is so brilliant...so original!!

Kriss said...

Oh Wow! Fabulous arch. I just love the stitching on the edge.

Janny said...

I love them all!

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