Hurricane Ike 2008 was the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United
States, according to Wikipedia, behind Hurricane Andrew of 1992 and Hurricane Katrina of 2005. It was the most intense Atlantic storm of 2008 – when it made its final landfall near Galveston Texas on September 13, 2008 it was a strong Category 2 hurricane with a Category 5 equivalent storm surge. Ike was blamed for 195 deaths, 112 in the US with 23 still listed as missing. Damages from Ike in the U.S. were estimated at $29.6 billion, with an estimated $3 billion in Galveston alone. This hurricane also resulted in the largest evacuation of Texans in our state’s history and became the largest search-and-rescue
operation in U.S. history.
Today marks the 2 year Anniversary of Hurricane Ike. Many of you were a part of my blogger support team, lifting my family up in prayer during those eventful days of struggling to know if we should evacuate, then the aftermath of returning to see many of our neighbors in total devastation. You faithfully followed my blog through the healing and participated in the Quilts of Hope campaign. You may remember my special little gift from God two months after the storm reminding me that sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms the child...this story is part two of Reminder of God's Beauty in Creation posted November 13, 2008....
The little parrot that graced my window sill so many months ago left a lasting impression and I knew that one day I wanted to play tribute to God for sending that little visitor my way..I asked my youngest son to take one of my photos from that day and translate it into a painting for me in hopes that I could then translate his art into a quilt...he never totally finished the painting and the quilt was put on the back burner..Until a week or so ago... It was time.
With Son #2's painting and my original photo I attempted to make a translation to fabric using my blue washout marker...
Several hours later I had a 20 x 20 mini tribute quilt...if any of you have ever done a wholecloth (which is a quilt where the fabric is all one piece and the design is made with thread) then you know this is the scary part - hoping that all the blue marker actually washes out like it is suppose to!
I kept trying to get the colors right based on the painting and the original photo. I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised that the coloring was very relaxing. I put on the iPod and listened to an audible book and was lost for hours!
One negative of working with these pens is the limit of colors. I really wanted a more intense blue for his back feathers. I'm sure if I knew more about using this product that there's probably a way I can achieve the look I want by the way I layer the colors...so this is my homework for the next project, to learn as much about this technique as possible!
These corner feathers are one of Irena's designs : IBBS26 Floating Corner Swag. Many of her designs are digitized but I don't have a computer so mine were hand guided.
The other negative about these pens is that they run out! I went on a search today to purchase more purple pens and had to resign to ordering over the internet...so there went my goal of finishing this tribute quilt on the anniversary of Ike...