This year was a special year in my family; my grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday, and my grandparents celebrated their 60th anniversary. Needless to say, despite my grandfather's recent health calamity, we still had much to be happy about. Their anniversary fell on December 12th, and the initial plan was to have a family celebration for a few days in Yosemite. However, by that time my grandfather was unable to move about, and a long car ride and days away from home were not in the picture. So, we decided to postpone the formal celebration until he was feeling better.
I knew I wanted to do something special for their anniversary, and I decided to finally experiment with printing on fabric and using Bubble Jet. I had my mom gather photos of my grandparents, alone and together, from around the time they were married. I picked out 3 favorites and had Jerry scan them in at the highest possible resolution, in case we needed to re-size them. I decided to make a quilted wall-hanging, using 3 star blocks around each of the 3 photos. I went with a very traditional design and colors to match their decor. These photos are admittedly terrible in the bright sunshine (I took more shots using film and different lighting but haven't yet gotten them developed), but hopefully you'll get the idea:
and here are some close-ups:
my grandfather in his army photo
my grandparents' wedding photo
and my gorgeous grandmother
I quilted in the ditch to echo the star motifs, and I added a hanging rod and label (also printed on fabric using Bubble Jet) to the back:
Jerry manipulated and cropped the photos somewhat to make them square and make their heads about the same size in the individual photos. Otherwise, we left the artifacts on the photos (creases, age spots, discoloration, etc.) to be a bit more authentic. We gave them the quilt on Christmas day, and my grandmother was extremely moved when she read the dedication on the label (she cried! she *never* cries!). Although the entire project went really quickly (by necessity) from start to finish, I think it came out really well. I also really liked printing on fabric, and I'm starting to think of some new projects using this technique - it works amazingly well!