Friday, April 1, 2011


Well, it's April 1st, and I'm looking forward to seeing what we have made.

I hope I haven't gone too far around the bend on this one, but the first thought that popped to mind for "bird" was a woman I admired for her work in ecology and the spreading of wildflowers across the US. I'm thinking, of course, of LadyBird Johnson.

I studied many on-line photos of her, and modeled my image on several from her later life. I knew she always tried to wear bright colors, so I gave her a dress made from Kaffe Fasett fabric with a big flower as a collar, a red silk hat, and set her among as many pieces of floral fabric as I could squeeze onto our 11 x 17" format.

I had fun making "LadyBird."

Sue Walen


  1. Sue,
    Looking at your piece without reading your statement I immediately knew it was LadyByrd, you did a nice job. The way you used Kaffes' fabric for her clothing will make me look at the fabrics I have in my stash a bit differently. Is the inner border (green w/white lines) an actual fabric or did you add the marks? What about the picket fence?

  2. You did capture Ladybird very, very well. And your use of different fabrics is fun to study. We get stuck in ruts but you stretched and it shows.

  3. I am glad you did explain about LadyBird Johnson, as I do not know her. I really is full of color.
    I just wonder how you did her face?