Monday, May 14, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 26

This week's journal quilt was inspired by a mini-quilt that I made in the same week - it wasn't identical or anything, but the theme was similar. A nice fresh bowl of spring flowers. And it's halfway through the year - week 26!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 25

What is it about photographing things that are purple, that makes them never come out quite right? I tried this in three different lights, and this is the closest, but it's still not right... Anyway, this is my journal quilt for the week - the background is apiece that I monoprinted earlier in the week, and I have added purple cord couched down, following (loosely) the designs in the printing, except in the pink part in the upper right corner, where I have added bright pink roving. A few faces and a word as accents, and that was enough, I decided. Sometimes less is more, right?

Friday, May 04, 2018

ATC Friday

A couple of sets here where I was the second person to add some detail. All I did with these was to add a big flower - it's hard sometimes to leave enough space for a third player. 

This one was easier, as there was a lot of empty space to work with!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These four dragonfly cards were part of a pick-a-theme swap but everyone in my group ended up going with dragonflies as a theme - long story. Anyway, I went to each player profile and tried to find what they liked so I could make them a more personal dragonfly. It was kind of fun. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, Week 24

This week's journal quilt was a sort of a combination of the two sets of ATCs I worked on this week, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in. In the photo, it hasn't yet been edged, but that was done after. There was no further description in with the original blog post about this, and it's been so long I can't possibly remember what the postcards were about, though you can sense a sort of theme!

Friday, April 27, 2018

ATC Friday

Here's a set of ATCs I worked on, where I was the final player to add some details

And with this one as well. I found this one quite tricky as I wanted something to bring together the different elements. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards are from a Pick-a-theme swap, where I was in a group making Altered Playing Cards with various themes.  An Alice in Wonderland theme, 

German shepherds, 

Birds starting with P,

vintage ladies.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 23


This week I worked on both my journal quilt and an arch shaped mini on the same day. I haven't been showing other things I worked on as I've been revisiting my project, but I think I might make an exception this week, as the two seem very closely tied. So I've included commentary and description of both the arch and the journal quilt.

I was inspired to do both of them with a blue silk background, which was salvaged from a top which I bought for 20p in a jumble sale, but never wear (it's too short at the waist). I could have sent it to the charity shop, but decided instead to use the fabric for backgrounds. As I suspected, although I was having trouble with inspiration for the arch, once I started working on it, it all fell together. This one is for Cathy, who said she liked Victorian things, architecture, interesting views, rainbows, whimsy and flowers (I think it's the whimsy that was throwing me - I'm never entirely sure where whimsy ends and stupid begins) and blues, greens, golden yellows and some other colours I can't remember off the top of my head, but not neon (as if I'd do anything neon, anyway - though this blue is fairly bright, I admit).

The background views are from an Artchix image sheet of some sort; the Victorian family (or perhaps they are Edwardian, not sure) are from an image sheet I've had for a while - think I might have got it on ebay, but honestly I can't remember - however, on the same sheet (it's lightweight card) was a small ad for knitted corsets, which I took as a sign vis a vis my journal quilt, as I'd been to see a corset exhibit last week... (At Snibston Discovery Centre in Leicestershire when visiting my mother-in-law). The wings are German scrap, the sequins are from Simply Sequins and the rainbow fabric is swatches of hand-dyes. The ruffle around the outside is from the bottom hem of the same shirt - reduse, reuse, recycle, right?

On the journal quilt, I have used the corset ad I mentioned above, one of the corset postcards I bought at Snibston, more bits of the hand-dye swatches, some eyelash yarn, green plastic fruit netting, and a big lace flower. I have only put the ruffle edge around two sides of the quilt because I ran out, but actually, I think it looks better that way anyway. It will certainly fit in the box better that way!

Friday, April 20, 2018

ATC Friday

As with last Friday's bunch of ATCs, these are round robins where I was the finishing player to add something. I went pretty basic with the coffee cards - they didn't need much. 

The sunflower people got some sun statements (words are my go-to).

And this Christmassy set, with moving tags, got a bit of washi tape and a heart to finish them off. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ATC Tuesday

This was a "Fairy Butterfly Wings" swap - I have a small collection of people and objects which have wings (which don't usually), so this was a good chance to add to that collection. Mine all had people this time around, because that's what I found when I went searching through my bits and pieces, but it could have gone either way. I've gone with butterfly wings because that's what I had. And words, because I like words. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project week 22

The background of this journal quilt is linen, and is from a pair of much loved trousers that have simply worn so much they aren't really, well, wearable any more. So rather than throw them out, I harvested them for backgrounds (for this and for a load of ATCs and fabric postcards made at the same time). Then added some strips of brown velvet from a square I received in a treasure hunt, some brown silk I bought in San Diego about 12 years ago, some scrim, brown mulberry bark, and brown yarn which I was given by my friend Barbara (who doesn't blog) who inherited it from an artist friend on her death and passed it along to me (with a number of other treasures) to use in my work. Sheila had done a lot of interesting multi-media work with fabric, lace, yarn, and so on, so you can imagine there were lots of lovely goodies I took away with me. And some clay faces and words. I think it's interesting - though I didn't notice until just now - that on the postcards, the brown velvet wanted to be at the top, but on the JQ, it wanted to be at the bottom. Whatever.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Baby quilt, quilted

This is one I've been meaning to quilt up for a while, but now that the baby in question has actually made an appearance, I thought I'd really better get to it. 

I just used a wavy design which echoes the fabric itself a bit. 

And the binding is attached, waiting to be stitched down tomorrow evening at my monthly quilt group. Another photo once it's completely completed.

Friday, April 13, 2018

ATC Friday

Another batch of round robin cards; this time I was the final player (third) to add to each of these. I really like all three of these cards. Sometimes I find it harder to add to a card which I really like because the pressure to add something "right" to it is higher.  

The dragonfly card had a lot of space on it, but I wanted to leave a lot of that background showing, as I really like it. 

This mermaid card was fairly full already, so I just added a little found poetry.

Same with the moon card - it didn't need much, so I just found some nice quotes about the moon. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards were for a "Pick a Theme" swap - each person nominates a theme on which they want to receive cards, so you end up making 4 different cards (sometimes 5, if you make a gift for the hostess). This PAT had a limitation of being a "pop culture" PAT and I joined a film group, so all of my cards were based on films, except the Buffy card, which was for the hostess (hostess cards are always optional and up to the discretion of the maker - you can check out a swapper's profile to see what they like; Buffy seemed a good choice here as it was a Pop Culture swap).

Sometimes a card in a PAT is a bit harder to make because if the recipient chooses a subject you aren't familiar with, it's hard to know if your card is a good representation of the chosen theme. (Another reason I chose Buffy as a theme above; having seen it myself I know what makes a good card.)  Luckily, in this group, I was familiar with all the chose themes. 

There was a Hobbit/LOTR theme,

a Labyrinth theme,

A Wizard of Oz theme

And a Pirates of the Caribbean theme. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 21

Apparently, ten years ago was the year it snowed in London in April - I knew there was one, but had forgotten just when it was. My journal quilt has reminded me it was 2008!

"Consequently, I  decided to do my journal quilt for the week with a snow theme - a heavy (for London) snowfall in April is too bizarre not to mark in some way... The photo doesn't really snow this mini quilt to good effect - I started with a piece of white-on-white fabric, and sprinkled some "snow glitter" which I bought in a kids' craft section on it - looks like small pieces of white cellophane chopped up - then covered that with some white organza and free motion quilted it with loops and some snowflakes, of course. Then I added some melted tyvek and a piece of white sheer fabric with stars on it and topped it off with silver snowflake sequins. The back is a piece of paper which says "let it snow" all over it. As I said, too good an opportunity to miss..."