Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Costumes - Clowning for a Cause

Here we are on the eve of All Hallows Eve. That time of year when costumes abound for children and adults alike. In Queenie’s family costumes are not limited just to Halloween.
Growing up in and around the theatre and then working professionally as a theatre/historic costumer extraordinaire, playing dress-up was an everyday event.  Even now from spark to completion its always an adventure, exercising practiced technique blended with creative solutions. 
The Queenie Father donates countless hours in support of the Shiners’ Children’s Hospitals Organization who provide state of the art medical care for crippled and burned children.
About a year or so ago Dad asked if I would create a clown costume for the clowning side of him, his alter ego PhuDsie. It all started with an email and his sketch.
Shortly thereafter the fabric arrived to Queenie’s studio.
From there I created a set or patterns for this dapper clowning cut away jacket and pantaloon trousers.  Queenie’s pattern paper of choice is brown of course.
Queenie had to remember and then remember some more back to her tailoring days gone by regarding all the layers of this and that which goes into a suit jacket.
With the addition of extra big outside pockets for the carrying of future balloon animals.
Next up was the trousers
Complete with cargo side pockets for the carrying of clown car keys and the like.
And sassy suspender buttons for a finishing touch.
All in all I do believe the Queenie Father a.k.a. PhuDsie is one happy Papa in his new clowning costume.
With clown shoes in hand (for driving with big shoes is not advised) PhuDsie is off spreading cheer, having big fun and raising much needed funds for children in need.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quilting Adventure – Garden at Hermosa Castille

There is a wall in the living room of Hermosa Castille
that begs for a Queenie quilting adventure. 
The story begins this summer when Honey Man and I purchased a couple of vintage side chairs for in front of the wall in question. For the seats of these sweet chairs, someone had lovingly created needle point seat covers.
Just the old-timey floral jumping off point for Queenie's imaginative flight of fancy
for this quilting adventure.
As you know I love Love LOVE flowers. 
A  peek-a-boo, snap shot of an imaginary garden
at Hermosa Castille would be a choice setting indeed.
First up the background upon which the garden will grow.
Next, the creation of imaginary floral applique elements
in colors all their own.
Full blown blossoms down to wee baby buds...
And greenery galore.
With growing stacks of garden elements in hand,
The laying out and arranging began.
This particular layout was most pleasing
at this stage of this quilting adventure.
While photographing,
(sprinkled liberally with pondering and conjuring)
Queenie decided each little element needed a touch of dimensionality.  So, I decided on stuffing each with a layer of batting to create a wee pillow effect for each applique.
Queenie's now nursing a blister on the royal right thumb
from all the tracing, trimming, and stuffing
of wee bits of batting for each dainty piece.  
Ahhhh the suffering one must endure for great art! –lol-
Till next time…
Have a great day!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quilting Adventure - Bouquets of Flowers

Queenie’s been working on a couple of quilting adventures.
One being that king sized quilt top
I first let you know about here.
As you recall, Queenie's next step was conjuring up a beautiful border full of music, flowers and crowns.
During my pondering and conjuring,
I ran across a quilt block called Bride’s Bouquet.
Queenie was smitten indeed.
For bouquets of beautiful flowers make my heart sing.
I pulled from my vast stash of flowered fabrics,
Greenery fabrics,
And purchased the perfect sterling silver be-crowned fabric for the royal Tussy Mussys... or would that be Mussies...
Bouquets full of Roses,
And Tulips,
And Daisies,
And Pansies...
Fussy cut posies galore!
Truth be told…
This is only about a quarter of bouquets that will boarder this king sized quilting adventure!

Have a great day!
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