Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Argentinian Giants

The first bloom on my Argentinian Giant Cactus.
This bloom is almost 7" in diameter and will last only one day.
Luckily, there are over 20 blooms on the plant this year.
Several years ago, I attended a seminar by Ruth McDowell.
A picture of these magnificient flowers was the inspiration for the quilt I designed during the week long seminar.  I called it 'Argentinian Giants Tossed with Swiss Chard.'
The flowers range from my white one to some very intense magenta colored ones. Examples of the full range of colors can be found sprinkled among the gardens in our neighborhood.
It amazes me the delicate beauty that can be found in this harsh environment.
Temperatures over 100 were recorded this last week downtown.
It is getting close to time to head north!


Rosie said...

Thank you, Cheryl. I love seeing this work again. I was privileged to watch it evolve from your original sketch. I hope others will click on it to enlarge and enjoy the textures created by your stitching.

Aunt 'Reen said...

What a beautiful flower on that rare cactus!
Just love the picture!
Your art quilt that depicts them is simply AMAZING! A stunning work of art!

Sue said...

Cheryl what a beautiful flower and your quilt is just gorgeous !

Miki Willa said...

Wow! This is just stunning.

Stray Stitches said...

Oh my goodness!!! Your quilt is breathtaking! Beautiful! Gorgeous!!

Merilyn said...

You did a great job Cheryl!!! Not an easy thing to do, amazing work!!!

Lori said...

Oh my goodness! I love teh quilt and you can enjoy that beautiful bloom all year round!

Maureen said...

Lovely flower and very impressive quilt, Cheryl! Well done!

Wendy said...

It's a beautiful flower and a stunning quilt as well.

Elyte said...

A very creative piece Cheryl, you have a lot of strings to your bow.
Congratulations on such a lovely design.
Your temperatures sound way too hot.

libbyquilter said...

wow~! what a bloom that is~!!!~ and your quilted depiction of it is spectacular as well~!
applause and more applause.


Rhonda G said...

Oh My, this is just beautiful. Do you have any books that you would recommend on learning how to do this? I would love to give something like this a try this next winter. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work. : )