Thursday, July 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Chrissie

One of the things I do for my closest friends is to make them a "Favorite Things" wall hanging for their birthday. Today we are celebrating the birthday of one of my best friends, Chrissie. Here is her wall hanging quilt.

The quilt is about 19"X 20" (about a FQ) of my hand-dyed fabric. The color is Periwinkle - Chrissie's favorite color. I'll tell you what all is in the piece with the more detailed pictures below.

Happy Birthday Chrissie!!!

Upper Right Corner - Chrissie collects artwork about "kisses". The picture in the corner is an ad in French I think (and English) about a perfume called "Djer Kiss". It was an ad in a lot of ephemera I won on e-bay. I also added the fleur-del-lis charm. The strip of fabric going at an angle is a map of Paris (upside down because one day the two of us plan to turn Paris upside down!!) The top addition is a postcard button that says "I love Paris in the springtime". Attached to it are an airplane and a suitcase. Chrissie travels A LOT!!! On down the fabric is an art button and from it hang an artist's easel, pallette knife, and paint pallete. Chrissie is also a painter.

Chrissie is from Belgium. In the corner is the flag of Belgium cigar silk that I found on e-bay. Also some Belgian stamps, paper money (before the Euro!) and a coin. The playing card I got also on e-bay and the picture is supposed to be some famous building in Belgium.

We often enjoy a bottle of wine together so I have a piece of pounded fabric on which I stenciled a cluster of grapes on a vine with Lumiere paints. Added half of a cork from a wine bottle and a charm of a wine goblet. The center is a page from a small friendship book that says: "A true friend is the gift of God, and He only who made hearts can unite them." - Robert South. Also a scripture about friendship and a tiny cross.

And last but not least, the final corner. To the left is a piece of pink tulle with ballet charms. One of the things Chrissie always wanted to do but didn't get to is be a ballerina. She still loves ballet. The tulle represents a tutu. The other love of her life is her piano. So the piano represents her "Baby" (that is it's name) and the other horizontal fabric has the names of famous classical composers. The black tag has all music stuff on it. On the bottom of the Paris street fabric is a theater playbill button and attached to it is the "tragedy/comedy" masks.

Well, that's it. I hope she likes it!


Wil Opio Oguta said...

I am sure that she will love it!! It is beautiful.

Judi said...

It's beautiful. Great job I'm sure she will love it.

Thelma said...

Most definately she will love it..Awesome!