Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Art quilts and panda stuff......

Sometimes I make pet quilts...I have done quite a few of them and I just finished one for a blogger friends daughter...This is Bosun, Abby and Derby..All done up and ready to mail...










I took the technique a little bit further and made an art quilt for a friends birthday. I put his rottweiler on it along with some things that he loves. He grew up between Seattle and Utah so it has a little of both.
It started like this...







These are the colors of Sand Hollow by St George where he likes to camp. The rust colors are the sand and the turquoise is the water and the sky.
Then I added a little of this...











Apparently this is her begging face...

It all evolved into this...









The birthday boy was thrilled....Can you tell what he does for a living?


Olivia and I also finished her panda swap...She made her partner the cutest pair of pj bottoms with ruffles on the bottom and a matching headband with a little panda....











She also made a tiny little panda pendant and we put it together with some charms...The kid is a whiz at getting jump rings on things!









And together we made an art book out of a watercolor paper pad....This is what inspired Olivia to make a journal for herself using one of the mermaid paintings I did for her....











We tucked in some Twizzlers and a paint box and called it good. Olivia got the best package back from her little partner and her mom. I may have to borrow some photos though...Olivia's mom came and got her and it has been chaos here. I didnt really have time to get pictures. I also got to see Andrew and Trace my grandsons. I will write more about that later.... It was wonderful seeing them....just amazing....I just am sad yet about them leaving so quick.......

Happy summer everyone!

13 comments:

Joanne Lendaro said...

Stopping in to see what you've been up to. Glad to see you have some of the creative juices going again. Caught up on all of your previous post, lots of fun things for me to read about.

Glad you got to see the kiddo's, I know it had to be difficult...hugs!!

Rachel said...

Oh Melinda! It's beautiful! Perfect, perfect, perfect. Abby, Derby and Bosun look almost real. My daughter is going to LOVE this so much. Thank you!!! I can't wait to get it in the mail.

jillytacy said...

The pet quilts are amazing! We love the panda package you and Olivia sent! Thank you!!!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Hi Melinda,
Your doggie quilts are AMAZING!!! I totally LOVE mine!!! You are a great artist!! The new ones you made are AWESOME!!
Take care!
Warmly,
deb

PeggyR said...

Those are amazing! I'm glad I have my pets to come home to!

Needled Mom said...

Your dog pieces are really gorgeous. I know they will be treasured.

Olivias swap items were so sweet. I can't wait to see what she got in return.

I can imagine how tuff it was to see the children, but wonderful at the same time.

Maria said...

Wonderful doggy quilts again Melinda.
You did have fun crafting with Olivia. she has your talent.
The visit with the boys was bittersweet for you. wish things could be resolved for you all.

Michelle said...

I LOVE your pet quilts...TOO COOL!

Laurie said...

Rachel feels the same way about her pups that I felt about mine of Bobby! It's perfect Melinda! And Bobby still hangs proudly in our house!
Great panda swap, it looks like all were happy. Have a wonderful end of summer yourself Melinda!

Marva said...

Oh wow! You two did some fabulous work! Love all the pandas, and your pet portraits are just amazing!!!

Jenny said...

Lovely and creative! Just like you!

Quiltingranny said...

I am so happy you and Olivia are doing these wonderful things, I know having her around is a huge blessing to you!

Quiltingranny said...

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