We were moms together; we each have two boys the same age, one quiet, one loud...she understands and loves my kids more than almost anyone.
Now that all our boys are grown and flown, Tammy and I are still very close.
I took some pictures of her during the annual 4th of July BBQ she and her husband Frank have every year...knowing I wanted to use her as the subject of a new "Frame it With Flowers" portrait. I didn't tell her though!
It's a very portable project and I've taken it with me on my summer travels, as you will see. I decided to mount it when it was finished, to keep it flat and easily hangable on the wall.
So meet Tammy....
I took this as my color scheme for the flowers I was going to make.
As I said, this is a great project for traveling.
First it went to Atascadero, CA where I was teaching the class, "Frame it With Flowers".
I love this class so much because the photos everyone brings to frame all have such meaningful stories...
Next I took Tammy to Vermont, where the Quilt Alliance was holding its annual board meeting.
Frances Holliday Alford. We not only brought our own projects to work on during the meeting, but Frances had covered the whole table with canvas and set out markers and paints for us to cover it with during our time there. Yay Frances! I circled my place at the table so you can see my project.
Next up was the first Salon of Mark Lipinski's Slow Stitch Movement in New Hope, PA. He wrote an excellent blog post about it here. You definitely should check out his website to see what this is all about.
Liza Lucy, Mark, and Meg Cox around the table. If you don't know Chawne's work, drop everything right now and go see her quilts here. And her astonishing redwork here. (Not for the faint of heart!) The fact that Chawne is a full professor of mathematics awed me for sure, but her work does even more.
Liza is business partners with Kaffe Fassette and she had a whole room in her home with his fabrics for her mail order business.
Then I came back home and finished up my project. Here is how I mounted it:
One of my favorite parts of this project was looking down at her smiling face the whole time I worked.
Here's a detail:
Tammy had no idea this was happening so when she came over to tour the garden (she and my husband are great gardening pals)....
Well, she started to cry which made me so happy. Bulls eye!
Is there anyone you want to frame with flowers? Try it, you will love it!