I am very excited to be participating in Ashley’s
14 Days of Love
event… 14 Days of amazing projects via 14 different bloggers followed by a ginormous giveaway!!
My project is a love tribute of sorts. Since my grandmother passed in April, I haven’t been able to cope with my grief all that well. Every time I think I’m ok,
WHAM… it hits me
So, I’m going to share with you a multi media LOVE project today. I call it
I Love You Enough to Let You Go.
Not to forget, but to let go of the sadness that paralyzes my every effort and live my life in a manner that brings honor to what she taught me.
I started out filling my mind with as much inspiration as I could possibly absorb. Check out Sew Somerset magazine (I love all of the Somerset magazines!!) for some amazing ideas. I also read Delight in the Details by Lisa M. Pace cover to cover about 10 times. I outlined and sketched my ideas over the course of about a week. I identified the components I wanted in my project (to represent my feelings) and scoured ebay, antique shops, and craft stores to find them.
I used a quilting hoop, but you can use canvas, cardstock, or whatever medium you want! There is absolutely
NO WRONG WAY
to complete this project… that’s what I love about it.
I grabbed an old feed sack, hooped it, and arranged my components. This process took a day or so while I rearranged things about 20 times until it “flowed.” My poor sister probably has pictures of all 20 different arrangements as I asked for her input along the way.
Layers are good.
Texture is better.
Variety is vital.
Details are KEY.
After everything is arranged, take a picture so you can remember exact details and spacing.
I outlined the perimeter of my hoop with a water soluble pen so I knew my exact work space after I unhooped the feed sack.
I then sewed my components on one layer at a time using a variety of stitches, stitch lengths, and neutral thread colors. This is part of an old quilt top found in my grandmother’s sewing room.
Here is her birthday stamped in metal. I stamped it, colored over it with a black sharpie, and then wiped the excess off with a damp cloth.
A copy of a picture with my grandmother holding my mom and uncle.
“Love Lifted Me” sheet music, trim, lace…
BINGO and Bling… (as far as my grandmother was concerned, the more the merrier on both accounts!)
1938 Sheet Music, antique button, tulle, ric rac
Chiffon and pearl flowers
Cherub clipart courtesy of The Graphics Fairy with a vintage handmade doily and jewelry charm.
The one thing I didn’t get a chance to tell her before she passed from this life to the next…
Never pass up an opportunity to share your love!!
If you missed Kim from The Sasse Life yesterday, go check out her upcycled love picture frame! Don’t forget to come back to tomorrow and see what Aimee at It’s Overflowing has planned.
Thanks Ashley from Cherished Bliss for coordinating this fabulous event!!
I’m also linking this project with a few of these ladies this week! Check them out.
This event is sponsored by…