I am lucky, because she generously shares her talents. This is the mural she painted 13 years ago on the walls of SweetP's nursery a few weeks after his birth.
When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted our baby's room to be sea themed, and Julie offered to paint a mural. (This was before the Navy started moving us around.) She poured so much love into creating this vibrant space for my baby!
It is from the children's book, The Runaway Whale, written by Keith Faulkner and illustrated by Jonathan Lambert. I immediately fell in love, not only with the story, but the colors and whimsical underwater illustrations that long ago day in the thrift store.
Every time we travel back to Virginia, I make a point of taking a picture of BigP and BabyBird with his mural.
When I began sewing again several years ago, I fell in love with batiks because of the color and movement. Mainly, because I CAN'T draw. Or paint, unless walls & rooms count. But playing with fabric and colorful batiks fueled my creative desires.
Julie admired these blocks from the start. She even claimed them for her own before I was sure I wanted to give them up. She suggested I make a GIANT duvet cover for her down comforter. Um, I'm not quite up to that.
As soon as I heard, I knew I had to pull this project out of the WiP basket. Julie needed something bright and colorful. She needed something made with love.