Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Commission Quilt

A few weeks ago, Jan wrote me a Flickr mail and asked if I ever sell my quilts.  She wanted something for her wall personalized and wondered if I had time to make her something.  I pondered upon it for awhile (being so close to the holidays and still needing to do a few things for myself) and finally wrote back to her wondering what exactly was in her mind.  Surprisingly enough, she wanted me to just use my imagination, however I wanted, to make her a doll sized wall hanging with (naturally) birds.  BUT, there was no rush.  

Well, no one knows this (except all of you now), but I like to go into a new year with no obligations hanging over my head.  I want everything I promised all done and a clean slate for whatever my imagination brings in the new year, so I knew I better think fast.........!!!!  I thought something about 14 by 18 might fit the bill, (one of my all time favorite size quilts to make), but what to do to make it special for her.  Then, she mentioned that her wall was red and Lord knows what that did to inspire me, but all of a sudden, an image just came out of the blue.  I scribbled it on my grocery list and when I realized it would be cute enough, I went to town on the big drawing (forgot to take a picture of that....sorry) and started transferring it to fabric.   (E-gads, I lost a picture here and I haven't the vaguest idea how to get it back in this spot..........grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!  Man this computer stuff really pisses me off sometimes!!!  I'm sorry.  Every since my blog was fancied up, I'm a bit confused with stuff.....(not that I wasn't confused before, mind you!)  Oh well..............


Once I had all the images fused, I had to decide if I should sew it all on with black, or the appropriate color for the fabric.  As you can see, I used black.  I thought it would stand out better.


When I was done, I asked Jan if she wanted a picture and she said, yes, otherwise you wouldn't be seeing this today.  I don't think she even has gotten this in the mail yet.

Flying Kites for Jan

See the lady bug?

That poor little middle bird....almost falling off that flower!!  LOL  Good thing he didn't drop his kite!

So, if any of you need a special something for your own wall....let's talk.  You can e-mail me at :  turznik@execpc.com  (I won't start it until next year though.......)

32 comments:

Carol said...

Man I love your art!!
Let me ask a question. How do you shop for fabric. Do your eyes roam the bolts and stop when a bright color catches your eye? Do you even look to see what the pattern on it is? I want to look at fabric with your perspective.

Do you have a formal drawing education or are your abilities natural?

Merry Christmas

Joan J said...

I'm such an admirer of what your art. You are SO talented! I can't imagine Jan will be anything but thrilled with your creation!

Ursula said...

Oh my gosh! That is so cute! Jan will LOVE it!

Barbara said...

Everything you make and show here makes my smile - your art brings great joy to all - what a blessing you have and are, Carol !

Amy said...

I love it!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Fabulous creation!!

2MuchFun said...

OMG, that is sooooo cute!!!!

Wendy said...

It's gorgeous!!! I love it! Lucky lucky recipient. By the way, it's Blogger, not your computer. It steals photos or puts up 2 or 3 of the same and wont let you delete them!

Linda said...

How excited Jans going to be to get this in the mail. You are one talented Lady...

Linda said...

Wonderful! I so love your crazy birds - they always look surprised! Jan will be thrilled.

live a colorful life said...

This is SOOO cute!

Janet said...

This is so cute. I love your birds!! They always make me smile. You have a real talent for these little guys.

Lisa said...

Too cute!

felicity said...

Delightful, whimsical and colourful - what a nice post to read as I begin my day. Love it!

Annette said...

I just love seeing your creations. Awesome! They are such day brighteners.

Poppyprint said...

Super fun, Carol!I love the patchwork wing on the left side birdie. I'm sure Jan will love this little original!!

Madame Samm said...

Well you know how I feel about your artistic endeavors...I want to spread you around the world and back..sew the birds are befitting...Jan will no doubt be over excited...I just love this Carol...and I am sew excited at our soon to be date lol...
Ohh birds...love you in flight...

Anja said...

How cuuuuuuuuute!
If she doesn´t like it - my son´s name is Jan (it´s Dutch/North-German for Johannes = John, so it would fit perfectly in his room;o))

I love it!

Anja

Sewconsult said...

Ingeniously precious!

Dianne said...

Such an ADORABLE work of art for Jan's wall! Each bird has it's own personality - I love it!

moosestashquilting said...

Jan is one lucky girl, and I know she will be thrilled with it. By the way, didn't Jan tell you to contact me for the mailing address??? hahahahah Great Job as usual. Your an inspiration!

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with Wendy - its blogger not your computer. Although i do prefer my iMac over my hubbie's PC anyday- it won't let me do lots I things I can do with my Mac! Anyway this quilt is just so adorable. I can just tell Carol is going to be really famous one day and I have one of her beauties!

Shannon said...

Oh my!! It is so cute. You do such wonderful work. LOVE IT!!

Jenn said...

Absolutly adorable. I especially love the little lady bug :)

gill said...

This is gorgeous!
I love it

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

So adorable! Love the colors and whimsy.

9patchnurse said...

Too darn cute! Lucky Jan.

Alexis said...

Sew, sew, sew cute!! I'm green with envy of your creativity!!

Linda said...

wowwwwww girl you are just soooooooo talented! I love your use of brite color and your great wild imagination! She should be thrilled if not let me know as I would be thrilled to hang it in my sewing room! Take care Linda

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I thought the middle bird was a mommy. It looks like she has a nest of baby birds on her apron.

Gmama Jane said...

I thought the same thing as Annie about the middle bird..oh well..where do you get your inspiration?? I know I know, it's all in your head. People like you just have a natural bent when it comes to design and creativity. I love your color choices and everything you do!!
Gmama Jane

susan said...

so so wonderful. what a great piece for her to have on her wall!