Saturday, October 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Warren & Brandon

You all had such nice comments on what a babe my Brandon is. It's funny because the card I made for Warren says," Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."-M. Breenbie... It seemed appropriate. Brandon is a good genetic blend of his father & my father, who Brandon looks a LOT like.
Inside I wrote "Happy Birthday to my favorite work of Art!" Warren appreciated it. :)
For you who are interested in the technical details of this Quard....I started with a piece of hand-painted cotton Batting (wadding for those of you who use that term), layered on a piece of paper towel. Yes, I said paper towel. It was one of the towels I used for clean up after one of my fabric painting sessions & it was too pretty to throw away! I sprinkled on thread bits (I save everything!), & 3 little pieces of Whisper (that cellophane like stuff Florists use to make bows for plants),a piece of painted Bounce (dryer sheet), the little quote (from my Cryptoquote that I do every day in the newspaper), & a piece of gold Tulle to hold it all down. Quilted with Sulky Holoshimmer Copper color thread, then a few more Bouce bits for frame & stitched right on to a card blank.
I just finished another Reversible Purse. I sent the last to my DDIL in Kwajelain. This one will be a sample for my class at Coupville Arts in the spring. (If you want to check out the classes, go to "workshops", Mine are Threadplay Apr. 28 & 29, then April 30 & May 1st, for free motion quilting & the reversible purses).
I really like the button detail on this side. It is fused glass from my friend Mindy Meyn. It took me almost 4 hours to get the beading done to my satisfaction, to hold it in place.
The reverse side includes a bit of the Calendar Girls Challenge fabric, just like the last, & I used several pieces of my hand painted Sheer silk to layer over the top of commercial prints to make them softer looking.
I used one of my Thread-paint Flowers, that will be part of another class at Coupville in April, for this side of the purse.
This last photo is just a little detail shot of some of the quilting.


Sue said...

Wow, I love that purse! I really enjoy seeing your beautiful pictures, too, hope we can do some traveling there someday.

sue b said...

Thanks for sharing the details on the card. I've really got to start saving my dryer sheets!

Love your reversible purse design - ever thought about selling the pattern for those of us who can't get to one of your classes? That button is perfect!

Allison said...

That purse is a stunner, Deb. And so is Brandon!

Micki said...

What a lovely card for your son, Deb. Your purse is great also.

diva of quilts said...

your purses are always so fun! the card is great too.

mindy said...

Wow...thanks for the recognition on the button...amazing always how you take one of my fused flops and make it into something beautiful.

I now feel like a complete moron for missing the Saint's birthday.
I'm here in beautiful sunny Prescott....Christi is sick and the competition is on Saturday afternoon...but I think she's turning the corner.
Anyway...HAPPY BELATED BDAY to one of my absolute favorite men. He is a work of art. Sorry I missed it.