Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These altered playing cards were made as part of a Pick-a-theme swap (the players each choose a theme), with an additional stipulation that you had to use an item of "trash" on the card somewhere as well -and the player could say what type of trash.

So, for instance, this first card was a Hallowe'en theme, and you had to use a candy wrapper. I've used a chocolate bar wrapper as a background.

This one wanted a cancelled postage stamp, with a flower theme overall. 

Here, the request was for a vintage theme, and the item was a paper bag. 

And finally, this one was a postage stamp theme as well - a woman on a cancelled postage stamp. 

This final card was a hostess gift, and I used a piece of filter paper which I'd received in another trash-to-treasure swap as part of the background, to keep with the theme of using up "trash" - though I didn't have to (hostess cards are always an optional thank you to the hostess for running the swap...)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, Week 31

It was interesting reading back what I wrote about this journal quilt at the time - looking at it now, it's definitely not one of my favourites, and it clearly wasn't at the time, either. Here's what I said.

"...a journal quilt which I don't really like - I was experimenting with sheers and angelina - like the petals I did on the summer quilt, only I wanted to try them with some angelina inside. I didn't really like what I came up with, so I took the paint to it before adding a little more angelina - that I liked better, but it's still not great. But at least I know..."

Not everything is successful every time. But it's good to experiment.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stained Glass Quilt - finished and ready to hang

I showed this before when it had been quilted, but not bound - the binding is now on, and it's ready to hang. Nice to finish something!

Friday, June 15, 2018

ATC Friday

These are all RRs where I started the card and then two other people worked on them. So I have a scan of the finished cards, and the way they looked when I started them. It's hard to make starters some times - hard to know how much to put on the background - you want to give something more than just a plain background, but you also want to leave lots of space to work on the card and not make it too restrictive for the other players.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These blocks were made for a quilt square themed ATC swap - I actually found this quite hard, I think because of all the tiny pieces you need when working this size. The log cabin is my favourite.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 30

This week's journal quilt was done with a river theme, as I was also making some postcards with a similar theme.  I used my little soldering iron to trim the sheer around the sun. And a wee bird charm just for fun.

Friday, June 08, 2018

ATC Friday

Two sets of ATCs, which were round robins. In both sets, I was the third (of three) people to add something to the card. 

This card was so full that I literally just put a border around it - no space for anything more.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Stained Glass Quilt

Here's another recent finish (well, not quite finished yet - I do have to sew the binding on). This top has been together for a while, but I finally took it to my friend who is a longarm quilter (Lana at Bewitching Stitching) and she suggested we put it in Sandown Quilt Show, so she quilted it straight away and now I just have to stitch the binding down. Hopefully, I'll remember to take another photo of it hanging at the show.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards were for a swap with a dragonfly theme. I used the same dragonfly for all the cards, but altered the wings, and otherwise made the cards different. But similar. All the backgrounds on these cards were from backgrounds I had already - from background swaps or other places. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 29

This silver and gold mini was made with leftover bits from the lining of an insulated picnic bag, and various other silver and gold elements. I had to make some silver & gold cards for a swap, so I went with the same theme for the journal quilt.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Finished Baby Quilt

I actually finished stitching the binding on this a while ago, but forgot to blog it. The light isn't great, now that I look at the photo, but you still get an idea what the quilt looks like, which is what matters.

Friday, June 01, 2018

ATC Friday

Two quite different cards, both where I made the starter and others added to them. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

ATC Tuesday

Here are four cards made for a "Tissue Box Background" swap - all the backgrounds of the cards had to be cut from decorative tissue boxes. There are no shortage of them out there, so it wasn't too tough. I used the tissue boxes for backgrounds, and most of the rest of the items came from a little box of bits which I keep on my worktable -usually things I've got out then not used for a different card, or which people have sent me in the post along with a swap, etc. A few things were dug out of my stash, but mostly, I worked from that one source. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 28

Well, when I mentioned being with my friend Cathi last week, apparently we were at her house in Ireland, as shown clearly in the subsequent week's journal quilt. Also made at her place in Ireland, apparently on the last day there. This one has a bit of an Irish theme. I have used some of Cathi's fabrics, along with some lace and trim from my scrap bag, as well as a picture of the Rock of Cashel and a feather collected by my DS (who is obsessed with feathers) - and some wild cotton grass from our walk up to the Portroe Millennium Cross. The seashells are actually from a previous visit - collected on a beach somewhere, can't remember precisely, but they seemed apt.

Friday, May 25, 2018

ATC Friday

A few more sets of round robin cards where I was the second player. Love this surreal twist on a fish & river type card. 

And this Autumnal card arose out of a suggested theme of "summer's end"

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ATC Tuesday

More cards for a Pick-a-Theme swap, which means instead of 4 or 5 cards on one theme, you make 4 or 5 cards each to a single theme.  Here I have a butterfly card, 

a hummingbird card, 

a card with an Ireland theme

and a card with a Found Poetry theme. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 27

This quilt was made while I was on holiday with my friend Cathi - not sure if we were at hers or mine, but it doesn't matter. Apparently, we took a break from the kids - according to my notes, they were playing some complicated game involving 3 dozen My Little Ponies at the time.

I used African shwe shwe fabrics, some orange and yellow tie-dye type fabric and some  orange and yellow yarn. Plus apparently, a polymer clay face and some beads.