Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Are you a Dandelion?

Doing something that not everyone understands.

I have long thought that the lowly Dandelion is much maligned as a flower. It is one the prettiest yellow flowers that exist in nature and it’s bloom is so sunny, velvety and bright.

I found this on the internet about Dandelions and if you want to read more about the Dandelion you can here.

Dandelion Overview:

  • While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb that can be used as a food and medicine. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.
  • Traditionally, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, it was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.
  • So far, there have not been any good quality scientific studies on dandelion. Today, the roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, and for liver and gallbladder problems. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of excess fluid.
Plant Description:
  • Hundreds of species of dandelion grow in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Dandelion is a hardy perennial that can grow to a height of nearly 12 inches. Dandelions have deeply notched, toothy, spatula-like leaves that are shiny and hairless. Dandelion stems are capped by bright yellow flowers. The grooved leaves funnel rain to the root.
Dandelion flowers open with the sun in the morning and close in the evening or during gloomy weather, just like ME.

I was still piecing many of my quilts when I made my first fused art quilt  - Dandelions.fanderson_dandelion_full2
Because I used the natural colors of the Dandelion I wanted to use a color behind them that would really make them pop and wow. The purple was a beautiful choice.

Dandelions greet me almost 9 months out of the year when I go into the woods near my home. My little woods is a natural old oak savannah so everything that grows in there grows up out of a bed of old dead oak leaves. Therefore I had to put the Dandelions on a bed of oak leaves. I like the idea that the leaves are not “brown” and dead looking. I feel as if the oak leaves are giving LIFE to the new Dandelion plant that is popping up out of those leaves.

I like to put borders on my quilts. I am influenced in my choices by liking traditional album style quilts. Many of those traditional quilts have flower or leaf borders. My border of oak leaves is just a little more modern.

Dandelions was the first quilt I made into a pattern. Since the original quilt was large at 40” x 50” when I made it into a pattern I called it Petite Dandelions. It seemed appropriate to me at the time.
Frieda's covers Dandelions
Petite Dandelion
  • This little quilt is made with one yard of my Rainbow stripe fabric.
  • You use different sections of the fabric for all the different parts.
  • I used the pink to purple part in the middle of the fabric for the background behind the dandelions.
  • I used the green end for the border fabric, leaves and stems, and I used all the other colors for the colorful oak leaves in the border.
  • And of course I used the bright yellow for the sunny dandelions themselves.
New Dandelion for upcoming Book Fun Fast Fusing with Frieda

Darling Dandelions is the pattern that is in my book Fun Fast Fusies. I used the wavy decorative blade to make the two tone leaves in the middle of the quilt behind the more abstract looking Dandelion flowers.


Are you a Dandelion? Doing what everyone else thinks is out of place? I like that I am a Dandelion.

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4 comments:

Richard Healey said...

You know you just changed my Opinion on Dandelion's Going to convince the wife we need to keep them this year in the lawn.

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Dolores said...

My son collected dandelions to make wine. I remember my daughter telling me that her teacher said that weeds are just flowers that grow where you don't want them.
I love the brightness of dandelions but I don't know if I am one of them.

Cornwoman said...

Hmmm...I am going to have to rethink dandelions now. It's almost a shame that we don't get them in our yard. As for being one....probably, but then, I don't see the things that I do as being out of place so I guess it doesn't really matter. lol

Terri said...

Love dandelions - mostly cause we miss them here in CA. Oh, we have them, but they are skinny stemmed, and far and few between. I call them "Wisconsin Orchids" because in WI, they are robust, and plentiful... like orchids elsewhere. Weeds are what you make of them... depends on your point of view on things. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Thanks for showing them.
Hugs!

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