Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Nan", My Latest "Frame it With Flowers" Project

"Nan" 
I'll be teaching the embellishment class, "Frame it With Flowers" twice in the next 8 months. (See the My Teaching Schedule tab, above.)  This has given me wonderful motivation to create a new piece, to be used as my current class sample.

Nan...that was the name my mother's closest friends and relatives gave her. The picture above was taken a few years before she died in 1976, and is my very favorite of her.  Framing this image has been such a joy--I've gotten to look into those eyes  all the while I stitched!

All the techniques here will be covered in class. 

Below are some more Framed loved ones created in past years...

"May"
 It all started with our cat May in 2010.

"Allers, 1961" 
A similar piece commemorates my husband's family.  It cracks me up how "engulfed" his dad looks!

"Abe and Faye"
My sister-in-law asked me to make this commemorating her parents' long marriage.  This was taken right after Abe got home from Europe in WWII.  Pure happiness!

"Elle, Dave, and the Girls"
This picture was taken a few months before my niece and nephew-in-law's twins were born.

 "Pete and Katie"
To celebrate my nephew's engagement. ;-)

"Tammy"
      My wonderful neighbor who loves her garden.

"Max and Esther"
This was taken in the courthouse moments after they were officially pronounced man and wife by the absolutely sweetest judge.  I love everything about this picture, especially their wedding clothes!
I've used this format for two of the three dedication pages of my books, too.
 This is from Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting, C & T Publishing, 2011.  Again, it is my mom--she would have been so proud of me to publish a book!  This was her senior college portrait; you can't see the jeans and saddle shoes she was also wearing.  ;-)

"Man of My Dreams"
This is the Dedication page of Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined, C & T Publishers, 2017.
It just struck me as funny and so us, that I would choose this picture of my husband, Robert, to frame and honor in my book.
Every Frame it With Flowers project is different, and each student's take is such a joy for me to see.
       I hope you will try this sometime....

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My mom taught me gardening, and to frame my life with flowers.....


2 comments :

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Allie these are lovely. Great ideas and thanks for the reminder about your book.

Allison Aller said...

Thank you, Caroline!