Olivia has had a fever due to teething, we hope, so i neglected to post yesterday.  So…now that Marilyn has called me from Santa Rosa to say her gift arrived, I will show you the entire banner.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

This is not an original idea, but i just had to make one.  Somewhat akin to the Budhist Prayer Flags, i made each flag with specific intention in mind.

This is simply a hankie with the letters printed in fabric paint and eraser carved letters that Bets Ramsey made in the ’60s.  Bets is a good friend and well-known quilt artist, but no relation. 

This is organza fabric with foam leaf stamps and fabric paint.  The word was done with machine stitching.  Then i added pink rick-rack on 3 sides and whoops, i turned it the wrong way when it was stitched to the ribbon!  A happy accident.

“be” was cut out of a watery piece of batik and hand-stitched on a yellow organza.  The small circles were made with some eraser carved stamps on a blue fabric, then hand-stitched to the background.  I used some more of the circles along the top of the flags’ connecting ribbon, and hung some strips of fabric and cord from them.  The border on this flag is a fabric with bees on it.  A teacher in textile design once said that nobody will buy fabric with bugs on it, but i did.

This is also organza with the word “fly” printed all over.  The birds were cut from book found at the discard bin at the used book store and glued on with a fabric glue.  There is blue cord on three sides.

The rooster was printed with fabric paint on yellow organza with an old wood carved stamp that i found in an antique mall.  You may have seen this same rooster on my wall hanging “A New Day” (see June 25 posting)  The word was printed with purchased alphabet stamps and stitched onto the yellow, with the yellow being cut away behind the word.  The border is a beautiful batik that i found at a quilt show.  It was great fun making this for someone i love…i am in the process of designing one for myself…more so for meditation…focusing on my present spiritual work.  Much gratitude to the inspiration i saw on www.ornamental.typepad.com .


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