Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Since I have been making this elephant parade quilt, I have been thinking about three prints I bought at the Arts Festival. I talked to the artist, who was born in Uganda, and purchased three prints from him. Unfortunately, this was several years ago and these prints have been waiting for me to get frames.
With my clarity focus for the year, I decided it was time to give these prints a home. I will be able to put the prints and the elephant parade wall hanging in the family room. This meant I had to make a trip to the store or two.
You can see from the reflection that the sun is finally shining brightly. These are all black and white prints. I just wanted simple frames that would let the beauty of the prints show through. They are not originals, but are limited edition copies. He had used three different types of paper. The prints were all different sizes and I did have to trim the paper to get them to fit into the frames. I'm sure that is probably a big no-no in the art world, but I'd rather enjoy them instead of trying to preserve the value.
The trip to the store meant temptation though. I got five pieces of fabric. I loved the retro feel of the pink and orange elephant print, and the modern feel of the owl print. I thought I could use all the different things in the colorful print on the right for appliquing. I bought a big piece of the safari print on the bottom. I thought I could use that as the back of the elephant parade quilt. Oh, I also found a green that would look awesome for the turtle in the elephant parade quilt. It wasn't a quilting fabric, but it is 100% cotton. It was very expensive for me, even though it was 50% off, so I bought the smallest she would cut, 1/8th yard.
The buttons on the top are actually nail hiders. You put a nail on the wall and put the button on top so you can't see the nail. Cute idea for hanging up wall hangings. I also got a Primitive Patchwork magazine. I like every single project in this magazine. I have admired a lot of primitive quilts as I go through blogs, and have decided to make one of my own. I went to their website, and they are having a free sew-along, so even though I now have patterns I can use from the magazine, I am going to be joining their sew-along first! So much for all of my other WIPs/UFOs!