September 15, 2010

One of the most amazing women I know is fellow Santa Cruz quilter and fabric designer ellen edith. She makes story quilts about the many wacky and also meaningful things that have happened in her life. These quilts are so full of color, life, verve, and a million other energetic words. It’s a style I greatly admire.

Recently ellen sent out photos of her latest quilt, First Date.


ellen:

I just finished a new story quilt celebrating the day I met Larry. I want to share the finished quilt, story and a few close-up details with you:

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My first date with Larry was bicycling to the monarch butterfly preserve. He was so cute & I was so nervous I was yacking away. He finally said “If you would lie down & be quiet the butterflies might land on you!” Right then I knew I could relax & be myself around him. We have had 15 wonderful years.

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I painted his favorite shirt with dog paw prints & the motto “Down Boy Down!”

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I used some of my own butterfly fabric, dressed myself in bright colors & added a vintage pin as a hair ornament.


Santa Cruz is in the migratory path of the Monarch Butterfly. Each fall we look forward to their visit. I can just picture this lovely scene at Natural Bridges State Park.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Comments

5 Responses to “ellen and larry’s first date”

  1. betsy on September 15th, 2010 5:16 pm

    This is an adorable quilt.

  2. kate on September 16th, 2010 9:35 am

    what fun

  3. ann lee on September 16th, 2010 9:43 am

    I love love story quilts..adorable. And such joy to share & pass down thru generations and to give to friends.

  4. Billie K on September 25th, 2010 10:54 am

    I love everything about this quilt!

  5. Mo on October 6th, 2010 2:58 am

    How creative and beautiful….I love it!!

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