Sego Lily | Utah State Flower
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I can tell you that these photos fall short of what this looks like in person. All the subtle details and shadows fall flat in 2D. This is a quilled Sego Lily, the state flower of Utah. It’s shipping out to a benefit auction on Monday and I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as I do. (I really don’t want to part with it!!!)
I wanted a white flower but for it not to look plain white. So to give it some depth and decoration I built each of the three petals in a thick cardstock for weight. I crimped the same cardstock to make the outer layer and pointed tip. The interior outlines are made with regular weight white paper and the fill inside each of the four chambers in each flower are actually 1/8″ paper that sits inside. In person the piece has a huge amount of depth and only wish I could photograph it in a way to depict this.
The purple bits are tight coils turned topsy-turvy. One side I pressed in on and the other up. It resulted in a wave effect that is spectacular.
The thin green petal hump up to give another bit of visual interest to the piece.
The center of the flower is built to a height of about 1.5″ and has two layers. The bottom layer containing six stamen which sit below a pistil.