Sunday, June 17, 2007
these beautiful ladies are two quilts that i was commissioned to complete as a special secret project. story ~ my father celebrated a milestone birthday this year, and to help him celebrate, two close friends of the family had him "flocked"! they paid a local charitable organization to stake 32 flamingos in my parents front yard with a big happy birthday sign. what a hoot!
since then the pink flamingo phenomenon has been following him as a running gag ever since, a constant reminder of the flocking. even going so far as to bestow a terribly tacky mug on him at church one week, along with a lot of good natured giggles from friends...now my dad figured he would wait for his chance to get even.
so, as their birthdays are both within these two weeks of june, my father decided that he needed to return the flocking....but with class
that is where i came in. one of my favorite pattern books has a pink flamingo wall hanging pattern that i really wanted to try, but didn't know what in the world i would do with when i finished. i mean, this is one of those patterns that you really try to find a good excuse to make. dad solved the issue for me, he asked me if he could pay me to create two of these to bestow upon these two special women as a way of flocking them. the catch, i had to do it in one week!
yippee! i love a challenge and i love the pattern, so on saturday i was off to the fabric store to purchase my necessities ~ hawaiian shirt fabric, 6 fat quarters, and two rolls of batting later, i was on my way home, ready to roll!
i finished them both on saturday, complete with pole sleeve (a first for me) and quilt label on the back. i had soooooo much fun with these little gals. i did tweak the pattern to make it my own, adding the purple eyelids and eyelashes, just to make them a little more prissy.
i outlined quilted the flamingos, and free motion quilted waves around each flamingo, outline quilted the pink hibiscus flowers in the border, with free motion filling around the rest.
now, of course these had to have the perfect bag, but alas we could not find pink flamingo gift bags.....so i made them!
i purchased two .99 pink gift bags from target, then at home i cut a panel of flamingos from the same fabric i used to make the label and glued it to the front of the bag with craft glue, bordered with a glued down piece of ribbon, and completed with some small pink feathers glued to two gals. add a gift tag from target, and voila!
pretty cool, huh!
best of all, my dad was so pleased! i had a great time, and i think the two ladies will really appreciate their prissy flamingo friends.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
as always, it was a super cute ceremony, with our 2z, 3z, and grads all singing (many quite loudly), lots of laughs, smiles, and fun!
my cakes are always a big hit, but i am here to admit that it is largely due to research, not pure talent.
ok...for those who want it, here is a great way to "adjust" a box mix to make a spectacular chocolate pound cake! this is what i use when i don't want to use my scratch recipe. warning...it doesn't work for other flavors, just ends up too heavy: