Monday, November 12, 2018
Here's the last of the year of journal quilts - number 52. I did a very simple JQ this week, representing both the end of this project - my 40th birthday - and the beginning - my dad's shirts, which was what I used for the very first JQ I did. In this instance, I used a piece with the pocket still intact, and I intend to cut some bits from the cards I receive, to keep in the pocket. I enjoyed this project, but I was glad to have it finished! Hard to believe that 10 years ago, I had time to sew nearly every day - what a luxury. Now the kids are growing up and I'm working full time again - I'm lucky to get time to do anything on the weekend, let alone in the week...And my big birthday looming isn't 40 but another one!
Friday, November 09, 2018
Thursday, November 08, 2018
So, here's a quilt top which has been knocking about for a while. I finally got around to passing it to my longarmer friend for quilting and...ta da! Doesn't it look pretty? Now I just need to bind it. When I have some time, ha ha.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
This was yet another different kind of swap - a Pick a Theme swap in a way, as everyone you made a card for got a personalised card. The difference was, you didn't ask for a theme, you let the players decide what to make you, based on your profile on the swap site. So for my cards, I got a lot of things with text backgrounds, dragonflies, crows and ravens and so on, because that's the sort of thing it says I like in my profile.
This person liked purple butterflies, so that was easy.
This person said they liked superheros, particularly Marvel.
This person like gnomes and novelty houses.
This person liked tigers and the muppets, especially Gonzo.
This was a card for the hostess, who likes Alice in Wonderland and cards which open or move.
Monday, November 05, 2018
This week's journal quilt was obviously inspired by fireworks and Bonfire night. I think by this stage in the year, I was getting a little tired of the project and looking forward to it ending - one more week of the review to go!
Friday, November 02, 2018
These round robin cards are ones where I was the third player - so all I have to do ("all", lol) is figure out how to finish the card. The lizard cards I loved - some of the best ones I've received recently - and I didn't want to ruin them. So I stitched some interestingly textured yarn on them and stitched a border - they came out really well, I think.
These were a little easier to do as I wasn't as afraid that I'd wreck them. I added the washi tape at the top and a tea bag tag (which isn't fixed down, it swings).
And with these, I just went for my go-to: a word. And a flower, in this case.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The idea of this swap was to make a house from ATCs - not a small, house-shaped ATC, but a house composed of 6 different ATCs, which went together to make a house - two roof pieces, one door and three windows. And then you got back the same, only not from the same artist. Challenging in a different way!
Monday, October 29, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
Some round robin cards today, where I was the second player to add something. Second player is the hardest, I think - adding something which moves the card forward without being too much, so there's space for the third person. It's fairly easy when the cards are very basic, like these. Less so, when they are more elaborate to start with.
These ones, for instance, had a lot more on them when I received them, so I just added some words.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
This swap was a little different - the host sent out a selection of pre-made background cards and we had to use them to make a card. You were allowed to alter them quite drastically if you wanted to, but I tried to keep to the spirit of the exercise and make sure the background showed well.
So I'm showing the finished card, with the background, in each case. Sometimes the background was fairly neutral, like the one below. Sometimes it led the card, like the one above.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Finally got the binding on this quilt - the friend who its for is getting married this week, but Geoff is away in Lisbon, so won't see her until after that. Shame he's away; we could have gone to the wedding. But anyway, I'm sure she won't mind getting the quilt after the wedding...
My longarmer just happened to have a pattern with pumpkins and leaves, which suited this one perfectly.
Here's another one of my favourite things - a dual purpose piece. This little journal quilt not only serves as a journal quilt (last week's) but also as a piece for the Challenge Quilts group, where the current theme is "Imagine". I realise the major word on the piece is "hope", but "imagine" is also up there, in the corner. And the quilt was inspired by the word imagine - I often think of imagination as a web - words and images weaving together in the mind, so the webs seemed natural. Not to mention, it's kind of that time of year. So the piece is done in autumnal, slightly Hallowe'eny colours with spider webs stitched in each square and some inspirational words and faces.