This quilt was inspired by a photograph. I brought the photo to life using lots of different elements. The bush on the left is thread lace using several different thread colors. The iris is made from several different fabrics and layered. The top petal is three dimensional and has a wire in between the fabric layers so the petal can actually curve a bit on the edges. The iris is embellished with beads and some accent thread play. The yellow on the iris is made from DMC floss that I stitched down the middle and then clipped, so it was also dimensional. The lighthouse has been constructed of 2 layers. Bottom layer I painted the brick work and then added the top layer and carefully cut away so the brickwork would now be exposed. The beacon is made from a wonderful shiny organza fabric. I quilted the beacon first and the added the top bit of the lighthouse. By stitching the beacon first, it is accents but the red crepe is flate and doesn't have beacon stitch lines on it. So, it looks like two seperate units. The harbor is at the horizon line.
Beaver Island Harbor Light is a lighthouse located in Michigan on the northern end of Beaver Island on Lake Michigan. It has also been called "St. James Harbor Light" and "Whiskey Point Light." The quilt measures 17 1/2" X 23 3/4". It is an original design by Peggy Szasz.