Monday, March 12, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 17

This week I  apparently chose to do some curved flying geese to reflect some work I'd done on a Round Robin quilt - I don't really remember the round robin, but it apparently had curved flying geese in it. These geese are set into a blue background, which works well with orange, and quilted with parallel (more or less) lines with various stitches in orange variegated thread. The back, which is paper, is a paper with butterflies on it, which I chose in honour of the centre of the SFRR centre, which was a butterfly.

Friday, March 09, 2018

ATC Friday

These are some finished Round Robin cards where I started them off. This set was particularly hard, I thought - I used some prepared papers which I had, which were very busy. Meaning there wasn't much space to work. A real challenge!

And these were probably a bit easier to work with - no theme at all to start, so really open how to interpret them.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

ATC Tuesday

Here are some more buddy cards I started, and others finished off. This one, the background was made entirely from security envelope liners. The other artist has added a variety of other collaged items. 

And with this one, it was a feathery background, from a greeting card, some washi tape and a couple of dragonfly stickers. The wings on all the dragonflies lift up, so none of them are really stuck down on top of the others, despite what it might look like from the scan.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, Week 16

Apparently, ten years ago, this was a very busy week - and that's when I wasn't working at all, let alone full time. I imagine my standards have changed these days, lol.  Here's what I said at the time:

Many weeks I have a good idea what I want to do the JQ about, but this week, there wasn't anything that stood out, so I just went with my desire to use some of the Japanese fabrics I've started accumulating. I've been itching to do something with them, though no specific ideas just what, so I just made a few nine patches and sewed them together randomly. It was a nice, relaxing piece, with nothing more taxing to it than working out how I wanted to place the nine-patches.

Friday, March 02, 2018

ATC Friday

These round robin cards are ones where I was the second player - which means I can show all three stages of the card. The finished card - above - the starting piece (below) and what it looked like after I added something before sending it on to a third player. 

It's always interesting to see what approach people take to something - usually it's nothing like what you might do yourself, which is the point of sharing the card between multiple people.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

ATC Tuesday

Another couple of buddy card sets - these were both APCs (Altered Playing Cards). In both cases, I finished them up. The person I was swapping with has a lot of cute cat stamps, and was trying to make up a deck of cards using them, which is why they are both cat themed...

I tried to go for a very different approach on the two cards...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 15


This week , ten years ago, my friend Cathi was visiting, so I wanted my journal quilt to reflect that. I used an old picture of us on the Seahawk, a boat our college owned, printed onto fabric, and two ticket stubs from Dylan shows we've seen together (recent ones - not sure I have any of the ones from 15 years ago or more!) And of course the theme had to be Tangled up in Blue, which is, if not my favourite Dylan song, at least the one which tends to keep showing up in my life's soundtrack... Plus using that meant I could just pull out blue stuff and apply it!

I was just chatting with her yesterday on messenger about an upcoming visit - in July - when her elder daughter will be attending a ballet school in London - she and I will get some more chances to hang out and catch up. Can't believe we've been friends for like 30 years. We are so old!

Friday, February 23, 2018

ATC Friday

A few more round robin sets - these are ones which I started, and then two other people worked on them before they came back to me. The first had a kind of anatomy theme - I knew these would be a challenge. 

This one was a bit easier to work on, I think - more space to add things, and an easier theme.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These are Buddy Cards - like the round robin cards I do, except this time with only two people - one to start, one to finish. I finished these, which looked like below when I got them. I wanted to carry on with the slightly steampunk/technical feel of them. 

These are also cards which I finished up - I added some grass made from washi tape and some more dragonflies. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 14

Apparently this week 10 years ago, I had a bit of  cold and didn't feel like sewing much, so the journal quilt is a bit basic - a good reflection of life, sometimes. Here's what I said at the time:

So then, I decided I should really do my journal quilt for the week (what with it being over tomorrow and all) but I really didn't feel like doing much, so I decided this was the opportunity to use something I "prepared earlier" - rummaged through my stash of bits and found these little squares, already sewn together and only slightly larger than I needed for the JQ. These struck me as being perfect as my week was largely made up of sewing together squares anyway... As I received my new (to me) book in the post this week, I decided to take a stab at mock-Tavishing them (which is what to call an attempt at McTavishing when you've only read the book a little and are just making it up as you go along).

Friday, February 16, 2018

ATC Friday

Another few sets of ATCs which I've worked on as part of a round robin. In each of these cases, I was the second person to work on the card.  The top view is the finished card, with  the starter in the middle and at the bottom, what it looked like after I'd added to it...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ATC Tuesday - Totally Tacky!

This swap was a little different than some - it was called a "totally tacky mystery item" swap and basically, the hostess sent you a tacky mystery item and you had to use them to create cards.  She gave a lot of leeway - you could cut them up, paint them, melt them, anything you wanted, and a lot of people did alter them a lot. Some of us, however, tried to incorporate them into cards as is, which is what I did.  The creatures, above, were foam stickers, so in addition to the oddness of the mystery item, they were also slightly 3D, which made them a little harder to collage.  I went through a rummage of my various bits and pieces, and here's what I came up with...

I won't say that the cards are the greatest I've ever produced, but it was a fun swap.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 13

My journal quilt for this week had,  perhaps, a predictable theme. I started with string pieced reds, pinks & purples and then just embellished at will. At the time, I had done a number of other Valentine's related projects, though most of them were done in advance due to the nature of swapping. However, this journal piece used some of the leftover bits from those swaps. Some of the images in it were from the free vintage images (from Vintage Image Madness) which came with my Valentine's swap, and the red foil is from my Valentine's swap chocolate hearts. Unfortunately, the first few hearts I opened, I didn't manage to get the foil off without ripping it, so I had to keep eating the chocolates... The sacrifices we make for our art!

Friday, February 09, 2018

ATC Friday

Three sets of cards where I was the final person to add something. On these, I added a little white border and a large white flower to the shabby chic/vintage feel cards I received. 

With these, I luckily had some washi tape with bird silhouettes on it; I also added a bird silhouette square. Wish I had that punch for the birds on the branches. I'd love that!

And with these playing cards, I added some autumn leaves, as the colour of the cards seemed very autumnal to start with.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Cross Stitch Update

Only a wee bit of progress here - a little more branch, and a start to the Cheshire Cat, which sits on it. I don't suppose next week will really have much progress at all, as I am out most night supervising the dressing rooms at the Gang Show, which Alex is performing in. But perhaps I'll get a bit done on the weekend, before I go...