Saturday, July 11, 2009

My first wallhangings

These wall hangings were the first ones I made.

My youngest daughter and her husband have adopted two daughters from China, the first in 1998 and the second in 2003. I was fortunate to accompany my daughter on both occasions.

The group of families (six in total) that travelled together in 1998, have had a reunion every year since then, (incidentally we will have our 11th reunion the first weekend in August). Each family takes turns hosting the reunions. In 2004, I presented all six families(I have only shown five here), with a wall hanging.

I fussy cut and machine appliqued all of the features on the wall hanging. On the left side of the pic I used fabric that represented China, mountains for where the Great Wall is, bamboo and Panda bears, Its difficult to see but I was able to find some oriental fabric with small children on it, which represents the babies when they were adopted. There is also a red silk heart in the bamboo, which represents the birth Mother, it is hidden as we don't know where she is.

The water is the Pacific Ocean which they crossed to come to Canada, the bridge represents the Adoption Agency in Canada, and also the tie that binds the girls to the land of their birth.

The right side represents Canada, the mountains of British Columbia, the wild animals that live in Canada, and also a grown up young girl which represents how they were in 2004. The maple tree in all its Autumn splendor, is loosing its leaves, as they fall they change into the hearts which represents the love that the girls now have from their new family.

Each wall hanging is much the same only I used different poses of the bears and various animals.
I also wrote a letter explaining the picture when I presented them to the parents they were all moved by the words and wall hangings that they had tears streaming down their faces.

Thanks for looking, Patricia

Coral Reef

This is the Second wall hanging that I designed and made. Once again I fussy cut all of the fish sea weed and coral. I machine appliqued all of the rocks, fish, etc and also machine embroidered additional sea weed. I sold this at a craft sale.
Hope you like it, thanks for looking. Patricia

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Another Wallhanging

This is another original design that I completed in 2007, and I named it "Sunflowers".

I purchased the fabric in Wallmart because I liked the yellow colour on the dark blue background. I put the fabric on my design wall and looked at it for a long time trying to decide what to do with it.

I finally cut it into 3 inch squares, re-arranged the yellow portions and sewed it together again.

The centres of the sunflowers are small brown beads, the petals were machined stitched and hand embroidered. The light mauve flowers are made from circles of chiffon, the outsides I burnt with a candle flame so they would not fray. To my surprise, while doing this, the fabric curled, so they circles looked more and more like a flower petal.

The quilting was done by hand.

Thanks for looking, have a great Wednesday. Patricia

Monday, July 6, 2009

Work I have done in the Past

As I am new to Blogger, I thought I would post some of the work I have done in the past. Those of you that have viewed my work before, I hope you enjoy looking at it again.

This wall hanging is named, "Serengeti Sunset" completed in 2007. It is a original design using a piece of fabric that just shouted at me "Sunset". I suffed extra batting in the ears and head of the grey elephant when it was being appliqued, so as to make it look more 3-D, however, it does not show up in the photo. The black trees I drew free hand, the small elephants, however, were taken from a childs colouring book. I appliqued everything by machine, and it is machine quilted by following the horizontal lines of the colours in the fabric.

Thanks for looking. Patricia