Monday, July 16, 2018
This week, my journal quilt bore no real relation to my week, it was just something created during the time period. The background is a paper napkin from a pack I bought in Sainsbury's (but they are much too nice to be used as napkins), I then quilted it a bit, added a few feathers, and a load of sequins. Simple, but effective...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
These cards were for a swap entitled "Keys to Happiness". The cards had to feature at least two keys per card, plus a quote. In addition, at least one card had to feature a real key (rather than a picture, brad, key charm, etc). In my cards, the top right has a real key, as well as the bottom left, which has two. The small keys and locks are brads, and the other large keys are flat (flattish - flat on the back, at least) metal embellishments. The background paper also has keys printed on it.
Monday, July 09, 2018
I had a bit of an African themed week the week I made this - was playing around with blocks from my African swap with Karol Ann, and making a couple of African fabric blocks, so I decided to do the journal quilt in African prints - an African snails trail. Not quite enough contrast in the block, I think. But it's ok.
Friday, July 06, 2018
Here are a couple of round robin sets which were started by me, then worked on by two others. These started with a ket theme and came back with a castle, which I think worked very well.
These started out with a map background and a strip of ice-cream themed washi tape, and came back with a yummy ice cream theme. Fun!
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Finally been doing a little cross-stitch again - this is going to be a gift for someone, so I do have a deadline (it's only a small piece, though, so it won't be a problem finishing in time.) My daughter Sarah has been getting into cross-stitching lately, so that's prompting me to be better about actually doing some!
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
These cards were for a swap called "Finish it Up" - the host sent a few bits and pieces to the players, which we had to use in our cards. One was an image, one was a word or words and the other was some other sort of embellishment. I received the card with the word cafe on it, which also had a chair on it, which I used on another card.
The swirly design on this was part of the embellishment I received - printed on thin plastic.
Here are some more pieces of the plastic embellishment I used, on this card. It didn't scan that well, as the background paper is purple.
And finally, the image I receied was the cactuses - I kept them black and white and coloured the background of the page, then added a photo of some aquarium gravel.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Apparently I was making some New York Beauty blocks for something (can't imagine what I was thinking) this time, ten years ago. This one was rejected from whatever - not sure why, though I'd guess lack of contrast in the middle section, so it was used for a journal quilt, with some quilting in blue rayon thread.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Well, here it is - hanging at Sandown Quilt Show. It's back in my house now, hanging for the time being (I have one good space where I can hang a larger quilt). I have other things I have to rotate it with, but for the moment, I'm enjoying it on my wall!
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
These cards were all for a "Trash to Treasure" swap - the host sends you an envelope full of junk/stuff from her stash which she has going spare/etc and you have to use it on your cards. There are usually other rules about how many things you have to use per card minimum and/or what you can add from your own stash. Most of the stuff I used on the cards came from the stuff I was sent, though I did add a few bits and pieces.
Monday, June 25, 2018
I made this journal quilt in the same week I worked on a themed arch for an arch swap I was involved in, so I've also included the photo of the finished arch, as the text in my blog talks about both pieces.
There are parallels in the journal quilt to the arch, but it's not exactly the same - partly because of the difference in size and shape - and partly because some of the things I used on the arch, I ran out of. And one or two things here, I forgot I had, or I might have used them when I made the arch (like the red silk leaves). The large green felt flower came to me from Karol-Ann a while back - I think her mother or mother-in-law made it, actually...
Both the journal quilt and the arch started with a fairy printed onto a piece of turquoise hand-dyed fabric. I then added some sheer fabric over top, some green mesh, and lots of fibres couched down to make a sort of tree. Once I had enough fibres, I added some paper vines and flowers I picked up recently, then finished the edges and then added lots and lots of embellishments - flowers, buttons, sequins, charms, and so on.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Didn't buy much at Sandown quilt show today - it's a small show, and I haven't been quilting much lately, so I don't really need to top up my stash at all. I bought three pieces of novelty fabric which were in a sale bin and one pack of fat quarters with a purple theme, which I thought were really pretty. I also bought this pattern to make a Bubble Pod and two FQs to make it up for Sarah (she chose the FQs for that).
She bought a purse/bag (very small like a purse - just big enough for phone, keys, card - but on a long strap - good for going out), I bought a cool shirt and a necklace as well, but they aren't quilting related!
Friday, June 22, 2018
A couple of round robin sets where I was the last person to add something. I found this first one quite challenging, as there wasn't a lot of space on the card, but I did manage to add a word and a bit of washi tape.
With this one, I thought they wanted something a little cheeky, so I looked out for quotes about phones and came up with these.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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
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
Friday, June 15, 2018
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.