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Secret Project Revealed

At the end of June, my good fiber friend, Judy, who lives in Georgia, posted this photo of her mother and her grandson that was taken on father’s day, just a couple of weeks before her mom passed away. I just love this photo. Her mother was failing, but rallied on that day when Charlie came to visit. It just speaks volumes about our lives and moms, grandmom and great grandmoms. I knew I just had to create something for Judy with the photo as a remembrance of her mom.

Using Photoshop Elements, I created a line drawing/sketch of the photo.


I experimented with different colors of organza and background fabric and finally found the right combination. I fused the photo to the background chiffon and took it New York with me where I worked on the background stitching, a combination of French knots and seed stitch.

Here is a detail:

I decided that it needed a frame to set it off instead of having a hanging rod. I am very happy with the result.

I sent it off, priority mail, last Friday and Judy called me today, in tears, as she had received it.

I had a really nice long week-end. I managed to stitch the rod pockets for severalĀ  black felt panels for the Twelve by Twelve exhibit at IQF in Houston in November. Terry has been cutting the panels. When they are all finished, we will attach the quilts and send them off to Houston.

On Sunday, Mr C and I went to the lighting store to find new pendent lights for the kitchen. We have four, two over two separate counters. They have always been a problem. The lights keep needing to be changed and finally, this week, one of the globes broke and fell in shatters on the counter and floor. Here is one of the old ones.

Here is the new one. Makes more of a statement and provides better task lighting.

6 Responses to “Secret Project Revealed”

  1. jenclair says:

    A gift to treasure!

  2. Christina says:

    Gerrie, the art for Judy is stunning! I am choked up with emotion just reading the background. You have a HUGE heart which shines brightly and the ripple effect is fabulous out into the ethers.
    Your pendants shine brightly too, no doubt. Great choice!
    All the best,
    Christina in Cleveland, OH

  3. Judy says:

    p.s. I like your new lights – the old ones were waay too small!


  4. Judy says:

    You know, I knew that you were working on a secret project, but i never imagined that it was for me! I’m still in shock over your wonderful gift!!

    Thank you for detailing your steps in creating it, as I didn’t have the presence of mind to inquire when I called you earlier today.

    Mom was so upset the day that photo was taken because she hadn’t felt well enough to have her hair done, but you seemed to make it look wonderful. I know that she is loving this tribute to her and Charlie! Charlie looks a lot like my Dad, and I think that Mom and Charlie had an instant bond because of that!

    You are a true and dear friend, and I thank you so very, very much!


  5. Brenda says:

    What a beautiful, and touching, gift.

  6. Jeannie says:

    Gerrie, I know that Judy was overcome with emotion when she opened your gift. What a tender gesture of love. I love how the background adds some color to Charlie’s cheeks and the stitching is beautiful. Sometimes words cannot convey the enormous amount of beauty and friendship you have shown in this piece of art. Beautiful. (As are your new lights!) xoxo