This little flower is for a group quilt. It is about 16" square. I made it from a whole cloth, inspired by a photo of a flower. More on the group quilt later when we get all the pieces assembled. As for now, it was just an experiment that I had no idea if it would work or not. It started as a dark pink fabric. I batiked the stamens and then bleached. Then I batiked the petals. Next step, bleach again. Last, I carefully dyed the area outside of the flowers green. More wax to protect the green section; by now the entire piece is covered with a solid layer of wax. Then I etched the little white scratch marks and bleached just that area. And I etched the long marks between the outer petals and inner petals and dyed those fuschia. Finally happy with it, I boiled out the wax.
Next was the quilting, which I am afraid that I got a little carried away with. After completing the quilting, I added the satin stitch along the stamens. I liked that a lot! To finish? Hand stitching with Laura Wasilowski's hand-dyed threads (here). If you haven't used her thread before, you should try it. I love the way it feels, and handles, and it's pretty too! Lots of colorways to choose from!