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..."

Friday, April 06, 2018

ATC Friday

Another bunch of round robin cards - these are ones where I've only started them - made the background or first step as the case may be, and then two other people have worked on them. I don't know how it breaks down between the two players as to who added what, but it's always fun to see what direction cards take when you send them off into the wide world on their own.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

ATC Tuesday

These cards were from a swap calling for flowers, but not hand-drawn or hand-painted. This appealed to me as I am bad at hand drawing and there are lots of swaps for hand-drawn things, which I can never take part in.  So I raided my stash for various instances of flowers which were good for collaging and came up with these.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Block Lotto - or not

I originally made these blocks to go to this month's Block Lotto, but they are actually a little small - probably didn't make the scant seams scant enough.  I think I'll probably just chuck them in my orphans bag instead. I'm not crazy about the composition anyway (even though they are supposed to be scrappy).

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, Week 20

Week 20 was apparently a very minimalist week for my journal quilt project originally. Here's what I said at the time:

"I did manage to get my journal quilt done today, just. I decided that as this was a kind of scrappy, unfinished sort of week in the end, I would let my journal quilt reflect that. So I've cut coin pieces from my scrap basket, stitched them together and just run a few lines of quilting over it. I've finished neither the back nor the edges, and I think I will leave it like that, except that I will just do a quick running stitch around the edge to keep it from fraying and pulling away from the vilene stabiliser, which is what I use as a base. Anyway. In some ways I am very tempted to finish this piece more, but I'm going to resist, because it is a much better representation of my week if it's not finished, as a lot of my week hasn't been finished!"

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sneak peak

A little actual sewing - rare these days - I added a round to the centre block I received for the current Cotton Robin. I can't show the centre block, or really, anything much of what I did, so I've taken this very small, greyscale, completely unhelpful little snippet to share, just to say I've done something. I do have pictures to show once the whole thing is completed, of course. You'll just have to be patient.

Friday, March 30, 2018

ATC Friday

Today's cards are both Round Robin sets, where I was the second person in the mix. The top of the three cards is how it looks completely finished, then I have also shown how it was when I got it, and how it looked once I'd added something. 

I found this one a little hard to add to because the fly image was so large, and I wanted to leave space for the third person to add something, but it I think came out ok in the end. 

This one was easier to work with as it came to me with just a background and a tag - I added some washi tape and a little image onto the tag. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ATC Tuesday - Trash to Treasure

This was a fun kind of swap - a "Trash to Treasure" swap - meaning that the hostess sends you an envelope of goodies and you have to use at least some of them in making your cards - though usually you can (or sometimes are required to) alter them as you see fit. You are also allowed to add your own things, of course.

With this card, I used part of a slide frame (taken apart from the actual film of the slide), some translucent film and picture of a creature, which, when folded into the frame looked a bit like a monster. The lettering is my own. 

In this card, the hand was from something I received; the waves were cut from the envelope I received my "trash" in and the rest of the water is from another bit of paper inluded in the swap. The crests of the waves are from a woven material received in the swap. The lettering, again, is mine.

here, I received the doily, the bottom washi tape, the feather die cuts (which I covered with my own washi tape and cut out again) and the paper which I cut the vase from. The paper flowers are my own.

And finally, the filter paper of the yin & yang was received in the swap, the two things from which I cut the circles as well (the dark one is actually cut from the film part of the slide mentioned above), and the two tags. I added the quotes as well as spraying the filter paper with spray ink.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilt Project, week 19

I worked on this journal quilt in a week when I received lots of lovely things in the post, so I decided  it would be fun to do a quilt using only items I had received from other people (not necessarily during this particular week, but just to mark the joy of it) - not counting things I've bought, though allowing things I have swapped for. And so, this JQ is made up entirely of things from others, except for the vilene (stabiliser inside), the thread I used and the paper on the back. I know where some of these items came from, but some I can't remember for certain - and it's certainly the case that far more people have sent me things than are represented here - I have received things because of swaps, as birthday presents, things I won in giveaways, things sent as thank you's for things I've sent (which I wasn't asking for anything in return for - hence, not a swap), as extras with a purchase from a seller on eBay or etsy, as consolation squishies when my dad died, and sometimes, just as RAKs (random acts of kindness) - that is, for no reason at all, other than the fact that people are nice. I wanted to celebrate that with this quilt - what better way than to use some of the things!

I've included the original paragraph I wrote about who sent what, but it's been a while, so my apologies if some of the links don't work.

Here are some of what they are - the background is a piece of shibori, made by Ann H, which recently arrived with the shibori swap from my dyeing group. The three square pieces of fabric and the metallic button are from the scavenger hunt swap I did with Angela on Arts in the Mail - oh and the butterfly is cut from a square of fabric from that swap. The green silk strip, piece of marbled fabric and the fleur-de-lis stencil paper are from the grab-bag I won on Susan's blog. The red snowflake stamped in Angelina was made by chaos for an angelina technique swap in my surface embellishment group. The narrow strip of pale blue felt was one of the things I received (in bigger pieces) with my Valentine's Swap from Amy. The feather was in a recent goodie bag from Karol-Ann, sent from South Africa and was hand-collected by her lovely self. The "PEACE" letter beads are from Cathi, who sent them because she thought I'd use them more than she would. (I wanted to put LOVE to go with the heart, but there was no L - oh well!) The white lace flower was in a recent surprise RAK package from Penny. The bit of interesting thread/ribbon across the top of the piece was a free bobbin which came with an order of ephemera and bits from The Fruit Pixie. The eyelash yarn around the edge came from the stash of Annie, who sympathised with my moanings about the cost of eyelash yarn over here, when one only used it for trim rather than a whole scarf and sent me dozens of colours (ok, maybe a dozen - but it was a lot!). The piece of silk mesh (behind the felt and rhinestone flower) came in a wee package of silk scraps with a Christmas Card from Annica. The peach flower button is from Julie. The shamrock charm and the rhinestone flower came from someone(s) but I can't remember who. It's possible they might have come from Anne or Jane, who sent me bits back when my dad died. (If either of you ladies recognises one of those as being from you, leave a comment and I'll edit my post to say!) And if I got any of them wrong, please correct me - mostly I was doing it from memory, and we know what that's like...

As you can see, a great collection of stuff - and there many more things I have been sent on various occasions, which haven't made it into this little 8x8 journal quilt.