Louie, I think this is the beginning
of a beautiful friendship.
~Rick Blaine, Casablanca, 1942
As we all grow older we have great sadness and great joy in our lives. I think we appreciate friendship even more as the years go by. I made this project with a special friend in mind.
I imagined a quilted wall hanging, but since my knowledge of quilting is rather limited, I just forged ahead not knowing really where I was going. Kind of flying by the seat of my pants, which is how I approach many things in my life.
I started with a piece of natural linen, used Warm and Natural batting, and used a pretty bright blue flannel for my bias and backing. I discussed color with my resident color expert, my sister Bethanne, and got some good advice. I drew out a tree with bare branches, a silhouette, and it occurred to me later that this is how Beth paints many of her trees. Anyway, I like the look of the contrast, so it was a black linen tree. I used Wonder Under to attach it to the background, a poor choice, but it is what I found in the sewing room.
Before attaching the tree to the linen, I placed it and marked where I wanted the quote to go. I used the new Bernina software that has a new choice of fonts, and used the Run Freehand font. It is delicate but will hold up as it is stitched out.A friend knows
the song in my heart
and sings it to me
when my memory fails. ~ D. Roberts
I wish I had done some tiny free motion squiggles to finish my design. I thought it didn't need it but as I see it in my minds eye....it would have been a nice touch. I hope it will hang in her sewing room next to her hand made treasures.