Thursday, December 20, 2007

Journal Quilt Project - Week 5

On Fibre and Stitch, a challenge was issued to do something with some scraps - select a small baggie of scraps, spending no more than 15 minutes picking them out, then make something. We were allowed to add various other things, including up to a yard of other fabric, but I didn't (add fabric - I did embellish, of course), as I decided to combine this with my journal quilt for the week, given that I had very little sewing time this week anyway. I started with a layer of misc small purple scraps, which I fused down, then did FMQ on the seams. Then I added lots of purple yarns and fibres, then some ribbon of various sizes, and some wool, finally stitching on some skeleton leaves and some purple mesh, then gluing on some polymer clay faces and words, and some little jewels. And a pink ribbon around the edge to finish.

It's a bit hard to see all the layers in the photo, but the closeups show them a bit better. I stitched the whole thing with purple variegated thread, as well, so there's some texture from that in there, too.

I also made a block for my orange swap today, but I forgot to take a photo of it. This isn't a big problem because it looks more or less exactly like the last one I made. Five more to go, I think.

And I got some nice things in the post. Two postcards - one from Caroline in the "L is for..." swap, the other a belated birthday card from Rayna. You may not be able to see it, but the edges of all the voilet petals & leaves are blanket stitched down - great work.

I also got these two things - one is a little kit for a folded oriental flower Christmas ornament, which was a free gift from my local quilt shop, Creative Quilting, as a thank you for "my custom in the past year" (sweet idea, isn't it). I might even have time to make it - actually, might do it by hand tonight, come to think of it.

The other is two fat quarters, both great, though I particularly love the ladies with bags full of Christmas shopping (this FQ may well end up being a bag or part thereof, I reckon). These came with a Christmas card from Annie, just because she is nice.


Sue Bleiweiss said...

Love your challenge piece Kate!

Terri Stegmiller said...

I'm with Sue, great piece Kate! My eyes just keep traveling around seeing something new.

Vicki W said...

Kudos on the challenge piece! I am really bummed that my postcard hasn't made it to you yet.....soon, I hope!

Teodo said...

HAPPY 2008 - FELICE 2008

ciao ciao

McIrish Annie said...

how is it possibe for my two FQs to cross the Atlantic Ocean in less than a week yet my son's snowshoes (which were ordered Dec 12th) are still MIA and giving me fits that they won't be here for Christmas???

I knew you would like the shopping ladies!

Joyce said...

The journal piece is wonderful. I love the colors and the little faces are perfect.

Julie said...

I'm still mulling over fetching out my scraps to assemble the scrap challenge bag and yours is finished! Where do I get some of the focus you've got?! lol. I love the purple page and all its testures.