A superbloom is a rare phenomenon in which wildflowers—vibrant foliage and radiant blossoms in yellows, oranges, purples and reds—carpet a normally arid region, following abundant rainfall.

How to mimic this spectacle in fabric? I choose to make chenille because its construction technique incorporates myriad layers of colors and creates remarkable depth and texture.

The chenille sections were constructed with up to 12 layers of commercial shot cottons and linen, then top-stitched together to form a collage.

Superbloom has been juried into New Quilts of Northern California, a special exhibition at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California, from October 17–20, 2019.

36-1/2″ wide x 37-1/2″ high

Photography by Douglas Sandberg