Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's Not Just St. Patricks Day

Anyone that gets hung with a birthday on any kind of holiday is sorta screwed from the get go. No matter what, people tend to have the tendency to align your birthday with the holiday and in the end you end up feeling "shorted" because of the conflict of the two occasions. You're probably wondering what all this BS is leading up to. Well, it's my wife Sally's birthday.

Over the years she's been hung with the green cards and green presents and shamrocks and leprechauns etc etc, just because her day is the 17th of March. Needless to say, it got old a few decades ago. Don't get me wrong... she takes it like a man, smiles politely, shrugs her shoulders, says please and thank you, and moves on with her birthday. Whatta gal.

I know theres' a lotta quilter gals that are consistent readers of my blog, so I just wanna kinda flaunt Sal's artistic gift and talent this birthday. I'll probably get "the look" when she sees it, but I couldn't be prouder if I had a blue ribbon pig than I am of my lovely bride.

I'm a big analogy fan.

Sal does "normal" quilting like most of you do, but one thing she tackles that most don't... is Christian banners. These things are huge. 4 or 5 feet wide by 6 to 8 feet tall. She makes her own patterns and designs them all herself. It absolutely boggles my mind when I see her making her patterns and laying them all out. All of the colors on her banners are fabric, the only thing painted is a little bit of airbrush work I've done on a couple of them for her. Often times she does her own background muslin... using dyes and sea salt to get the colors of a stormy sky or a morning sunrise to start with as her base. And then, after she's all done... it's quilted and bound.

Some pics...

A worship banner using the profiles of 3 boys, all brothers, that have since moved away but will always be at the church. She posed them, took a shot and went from there.





A new beginnings banner...





An Eagle banner that she made in honor of Michael, a local fallen soldier in Iraq and close friend of our family. This hung in one of the local banks for quite some time last year. She has since gifted it away. This was the second of these that she made, but this one was much larger than the first. Each feather, star, etc. is a separate piece of fabric... I counted this one up and I can't remember now, but hundreds of pieces to it.









A praise banner that was done from an amalgamation of these two pics of these girls at the church.





This one just floors me with the artistry and vision that she has... and again, that's all fabric, just different patterns and colors.





And finally, just a couple of silly photobooth pics that we did when we were dating several years ago.... because they always make me smile.




Happy Birthday sweetie, I'm glad you finally gave up and just married me. :-)

XOXO

14 comments:

debijeanm said...

What a spectacularly talented woman Sal is! Please wish her the happiest of birthdays in whatever is her favorite color!

Katie said...

Happy birthday to your wife....her banners are AMAZING! My mom does a little quilting too and I've seen how much work goes into the normal types of quilts....I can't imagine the time & talent it takes to finish these beautiful pieces.
Cheers, Katie

Jerry said...

The amount of talent and love in your household is inspiring, Jace. Thank you for sharing with us.

Happy Bithday to Sal from Anne and I!!

Kim said...

Stunning work! I was hoping you'd get around to posting some of Sally's creations, Jace! Happy birthday, Sally! Have a wonderful one!

Vicky said...

Happy Birthday, Sally! Jace, you're one lucky dude, you know that?!! ILY

JudyL said...

Those banners are amazing! I'd love to just stand behind Sally and watch her make one from start to finish. I know . . I'd have to move in! I was telling Chad this weekend about what a great match you two are! Happy Birthday Sally and Congratulations to the two of you for getting together.

Darla said...

I wish I had just a smidge of her talent at making banners! She needs to write a book! I'm always awed by her creations.

Sally said...

Thank you all for your blessings, compliments and encouragement.
Thank you, Sweetheart, for making this a day fit for a Queen. The tiara was a great touch!
I'm glad I gave in and married you too, this is truly the Happily Ever After of my life.

My cup runneth over...

Eileen said...

Sal those banners are stunning, What a great couple you must be. Nice he finally showed some of your work.

Happy Birthday.

Cowguy said...

And thanks from me for all the nice things said. Every girl needs a Tiara on her birthday, even if it comes from the toy section at Wal Mart. :-)

We have quite a bit of fun... lol

Doris said...

Wow. She is talented to say the least. Happy Birthday, Sal!

Linda_J said...

Jace, I love reading your posts--think Vicky of LA quilter fame pointed me here a few months back so count me as one of the quilters who come to visit. What a talented quilter Sally is! She certainly deserves the "shout out" you gave her especially on her special day. Thanks for sharing the pictures of her work with your readers.

Happy Belated Birthday, Sal!

Mar said...

I'm just catching up, but this one brought a tear to my eye, what a wonderful way to honor such a talented birthday girl!

Lindah said...

Really fabulous banners! Thank you for sharing them. A happy belated birthday to Sally!
I really enjoy your posts.