For several years now I've been doing 'guardian angel' wall quilts as welcome gifts to new babies in our family. The first one was Ella Jane's done, well, I guess she's nine? I wish I had pictures of them all, but that was before digital. The last one, the one nearly finished is for Declan. Of course he's not a "new" baby anymore, just turning one. But that doesn't matter. I won't show the whole thing yet because Heidi (mom) and Bridget (big sister) read my blog occasionally and would probably rather be surprised. But I will show a little piece:
I have to admit I designed this not so much with Declan and his likes in mind (though it is reported he does like trucks and vintage trucks can be really cool,) but more with trying out some new techniques, having been inspired by Susan Lewis Storey and her work. The tiles are made of Fimo and stamped to spell out Declans Guardian Angel. They are my attempt at work similar to Laurie Mika.
I've also been putting gardens to bed, painting a new wall in our hall, which led to another wall that needed paint and a new laundry room that needed paint and making floor cloths on canvas as gifts and I continue to ask myself where this spurt of creative energy has come from. Like the bears getting ready for winter, could it be that soon I'll crash and wake up in the spring?! Or perhaps the level of energy that runs my friend Sarah Smith has finally rubbed off on me!