My sister, Kristin Shields, is a terrific quilt artist. She uses a liberated style to build her quilts and they are so much fun. She was chosen as the Featured Quilter at this year's huge Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon.
So, last year we had an idea - let's collaborate! Our parents' 50th wedding anniversary is this year and so we decided to make a hanging for them. I made a reverse glass painting of a tree with intertwining trunks and limbs and little birds all in the favorite colors of each of the family members (parents, kids and grandkids).
I sent that up to Kristin in January and she ended up making a little quilt the same width of a close up of the two red birds (our parents' favorite colors) on a limb with leaves. She used almost all fabrics she had died herself.
Kristin had both pieces mounted and framed together and the we presented it to our parents this past Tuesday while I was visiting them all in Oregon.
This was a fun little project and it was exciting just sending off a tile and getting to see the finished project all put together. Maybe we will try another pairing some time - have a little show of them - that would be fun!