Dutchman's Breeches

©1991 Ruth B. McDowell

A wildflower relative of Bleeding Heart, Duchman's Breeches is actually only about six inches high. For this quilt, I have pieced only the flowers at a greatly enlarged scale, and left out the stems entirely. The leaves are suggested with seven large green squares, then sketched in with zig-zag machine quilting.

In this quilted representation of a tiny woodland flower, instead of reproducing or representing it with photographic realism, I am giving my own impression of that image within the medium of a pieced quilt. Great shifts in scale can be a wonderful part of that artistic process.

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