Friday, June 29, 2018

ATC Friday

Two more round robin cards on which I was the second person to add things. The top of the the three views show the finished card, the second is the starting point and the last in each case is how it looked after I added whatever I added.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Stained Glass Quilt - hanging

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

ATC Tuesday

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

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 32

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

A few goodies

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

ATC Friday

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

ATC Tuesday

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

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, Week 31

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

Stained Glass Quilt - finished and ready to hang

I showed this before when it had been quilted, but not bound - the binding is now on, and it's ready to hang. Nice to finish something!

Friday, June 15, 2018

ATC Friday

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These blocks were made for a quilt square themed ATC swap - I actually found this quite hard, I think because of all the tiny pieces you need when working this size. The log cabin is my favourite.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 30

This week's journal quilt was done with a river theme, as I was also making some postcards with a similar theme.  I used my little soldering iron to trim the sheer around the sun. And a wee bird charm just for fun.

Friday, June 08, 2018

ATC Friday

Two sets of ATCs, which were round robins. In both sets, I was the third (of three) people to add something to the card. 

This card was so full that I literally just put a border around it - no space for anything more.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Stained Glass Quilt

Here's another recent finish (well, not quite finished yet - I do have to sew the binding on). This top has been together for a while, but I finally took it to my friend who is a longarm quilter (Lana at Bewitching Stitching) and she suggested we put it in Sandown Quilt Show, so she quilted it straight away and now I just have to stitch the binding down. Hopefully, I'll remember to take another photo of it hanging at the show.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards were for a swap with a dragonfly theme. I used the same dragonfly for all the cards, but altered the wings, and otherwise made the cards different. But similar. All the backgrounds on these cards were from backgrounds I had already - from background swaps or other places. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 29

This silver and gold mini was made with leftover bits from the lining of an insulated picnic bag, and various other silver and gold elements. I had to make some silver & gold cards for a swap, so I went with the same theme for the journal quilt.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Finished Baby Quilt

I actually finished stitching the binding on this a while ago, but forgot to blog it. The light isn't great, now that I look at the photo, but you still get an idea what the quilt looks like, which is what matters.

Friday, June 01, 2018

ATC Friday

Two quite different cards, both where I made the starter and others added to them.