Lets all give a BIG thank you to Madame Samm and Amy Warner for coming up with this "Ruffly" idea and putting it all together for us.
I must say, I am not a "Ruffles" person. I was not raised with fancy things. Only practical, plus I had a big brother. So when I got older and did get something a little fancy....he would tease me. Then I had boys, and only grandsons. Well, lets say this was a challenge. I wanted to make something different.
Then it hit me. We had such a cold winter, everyone can't wait for Spring and for everything to come alive again. For the trees to bud, flowers to bloom, birds to, well, you get the idea. I remember one day when my 2 aunts and mother were having fun in the yard at Easter. So I decided to make them kicking up their heels and celebrating. So I set the scene with a sky and some green grass.
OK, I drew my girls and now I need to make ruffles.
I don't know if I made them correctly, but I did this:
I cut 1 inch strips, then with small dots of glue and my iron, I folded each end in.
Next I used a basting stitch on one end leaving lots of thread for pulling.
I then pulled to make my gathers.
When I had all my applique on, I did some embellishing also,
I painted some glitter to the butterflies,
So lets see the girls, all in their Spring Dresses,
kicking up their heels, celebrating the coming of Spring.
Here is Elsie:
All spruced up with ruffled collar, glitter glasses, those are little pearls I glued on,
(oh, and real feathers for her hat)
Bow on her hat and Rhinestone button on her fancy ruffled dress.
Last, but not least is the oldest sister, Effie:
Ruffled collar...oh, but she better watch,
she is kicking so high her garter is showing
Unfortunately I no longer have my Aunts around anymore. My mother came from a family of 17 (same mother - no twins) She was the youngest, and turned 88 this year. I told her how I made this and named them after her and her sisters. She was excited! I then mailed her a picture of my quilt and cannot wait for her response. I want to take it to my Quilt Guild in April, then am going to send it to her. She will be surprised.
I sure miss my Aunt Elsie, I was VERY close to her. Here are a few doilies she made me long time ago:
OK, it may be the last day.....
but there are some beautiful "Ruffles" out there to be seen.
Here is the list for the day:
Till next time,
HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!!