Mandy wanted someone to make her a tree, and I was recommended. I got the bag, stared at it for days and thought, "a tree???". This little sketch came with the fabric.
Okay... I had to meet with this lady. I had questions. So I met Mandy for the first time over at the house of our mutual friend Michelle. Here's what I threw together on Michelle's bed. It was good to talk together and find out what she wanted.
|photographed from the side.|
This was how I arranged the colors. The rainbow was to be sky, the beige & brown would become tree parts, the blue up in the night, the platinum colored silk would become a moon, and the booties would be stars to represent the 2 boys. I would add green to the bottom for the earth. Mandy wanted beads and sparkles on the quilt, and I said no - unless it becomes a wallhanging. So a wallhanging it became because Mandy wanted embellishments. Now before you think, "what? that sky is pretty LOUD. Are you sure?", you have to know that Mandy is one of those people who left Saskatchewan and had to come back because of homesickness. So I figured she could appreciate the sky. It's just the way it is here.
|one night from my window|
|one morning from my deck|
Slowly, here's how it came together.
|little boy booties, worn by both kids|
|carefully made into 2 stars|
|placement... work in progress with bad late-night lighting|
|lots and lots and lots of free motion stitching in a variety of colors and curls|
|many many hand made leaves to be added after quilting|
|placing the leaves|
|sun & earth - both in progress. I added much more...|
|I love the pillowcase finished edge so much, and the quilting, and the beading!|
|more clipping, stitching, layering the bark...|
|lots of French Knots and many beads added by hand to the boughs|
|champagne colored glass beading around the honey colored silk moon|
|knotted hole in front of the three trunk, sun beads in back|
|backing hand stitched in place, hanging sleeve being attached|
|salvaged & on back, I saved Mandy's stitching from her wrap|
And would you believe it? The very moment I decided I was done this quilt (began a half a year ago!!), I got a phone call from a special woman in Calgary asking if she could drop off fabric for a memory quilt.
It is uncanny how this was meant to be. I am so proud of this one. It was a huge challenge at times. I can't wait to tell you about the next one.