Saturday, January 20, 2018

Another finished baby quilt

This one is for our neighbours, who were due around the 20th (today), but actually had their little girl a few days ago.  Good prompt to get the binding stitched down, I guess!

Friday, January 19, 2018

ATC Friday

This is a set of cards which I started as below - with pics of cauliflower. It was added to by two other people and I think it came out really cute!

Another one which I started, and again, added two by two further people.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cross Stitch Update

Only got a very little done on this, this week - probably just one evening's stitching. But some progress is better than no progress, and perhaps, eventually, the Red Queen will actually get a head (it's fitting, somehow that she doesn't have one yet....)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ATC Tuesday

On my swapping forum, I subscribed to a thread for swapping house shaped ATCs - the basic size is the same, in that they fit within the 2.5x3.5" rectangle, but you cut part of the card away to be shaped like a house. Or a birdhouse. A doghouse. Whatever. These are three I made for swapping. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 9

(Journal Quilt no 9 completed on 16 January 2008)

This week's journal quilt also serves the purpose of being an exercise for the class with Laura Cater-Woods I mentioned with the week 8 quilt. One of the assignments was to take the image we worked with last week and develop it in a new way - either by changing colours, media, making it 3-D, or a variety of other options. So I decided to play with the tree using different media - in the end, this had the result of also changing the colour and making it somewhat 3-D. Originally, I had thought to use some yarns couched down to form the shape of the tree trunk and branches - when I had a peep in my yarn drawer I found something better - silk super crunchies, which I bought from the Thread Studio at the Knit and Stitch show. I don't really know how to describe these - they are hard (crunchy) fibrous stands of silk, hand-dyed, in this instance in lovely autumnal colours. They couched down nicely into a tree shape, and the build up is quite nice - very tree-trunk like. The background of the piece is a piece of discharged fabric from my recent discharge swap, and the buttons just add some colour and movement. I am claiming artistic licence to allow for the fact that they are all from different species of tree...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Successful shopping...

Today I went to the Quilter's Sale & Quilt Show at Farnham Maltings - I go every January, as there are quite a few vendors there getting rid of older stock for somewhat bargain prices (anything from £3/metre to the more common £5 or £6 and up).  It's an excellent place to get backings for quilts, without quite so much cash outlay. I went with a list of all the quilt tops I currently own which don't have paired backings (except one older, really big one, which I'm not really interested in finishing up any time soon). There were 10 on the list. I came back with suitable backings for all of them. A good start to the quilting year. Hopefully that will bode well for the year!

Here they all are, paired up with the tops. The one above is small quilt/baby quilt sized. 

This one of course didn't come out well, colourwise, being purple. It's more warm in tone. The quilt is scrappy, but I think the background is a good match.

Baby quilt size with hand-dyes; the batik backing will suit very well. 

This is quite a small quilt, what's show is a quarter, and I bought the bolt end of this fabric, so I'll have some leftover to do other things with.

This one doesn't show well - it's a taupe colour with small blue dots. 

As the quilt top looks quite "stained glass" I thought the  back suited it well.

This one is African fabrics on the top - the backing is black and brown and isn't African, but has a similar sort of feel to it.

These squares are of hand-dyed fabrics, with some signature squares, from a swap with group I used to belong to. I wanted something with an interesting colour tone for the background, but not handdyes...

This has a lot of Hawaiian shirt fabric in it, along with strong tonal colours; the backing is pretty in-your-face but it seemed quite Hawaiian in some ways.

A nice strong brown to go with these autumnal prints; the colours are actually quite tricky. I was hoping for something in the olive green tone, but couldn't find anything suitable. The brown is very pretty, though.

And finally, this doesn't go with any of my quilts, but it was very inexpensive and will make a nice addition to my Project Linus stash.

Friday, January 12, 2018

ATC Friday

This is another set of ATCs - in this case, altered playing cards - for a Pick-a-Theme Swap.  Here, the players requested a theme and a specific card, as they are probably building a deck of cards all with the same theme.  The top one was an Alice in Wonderland theme, specifying NOT to use illustrations by the most common illustrator. I took my piece from an illustration by Carroll himself.

This one had a German shepherd theme.

This one wanted birds starting with P. 

And a simple Vintage person theme. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Finished Baby Quilt photos - finally.

Gave this quilt to its new owner a while back, but I had forgotten to take photos of it with the binding on. Luckily, she kindly snapped some pics for me and sent them along. And now I'm finally getting around to blogging them...

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

ATC Tuesday

Some more buddy cards -- cards started by one person and finished by someone else.  This set of cards with bugs was started by someone else and finished by me. 

And this set, was started by me and finished by someone else.  It's a great exercise, as two people will almost never have the same idea for how to add to a card, so you often get things back which you'd never have considered doing yourself, but which are actually perfect - I think this is a good example of that.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Revisting my Journal Quilts, week 8

(Journal Quilt no 8 completed on 9 January 2008)

This week's journal quilt is a tree, free motion embroidered on tree batik fabric. At the time of making, I was taking part in an online course called  Tempting the Muse with Laura Cater-Woods. One of the assignments during that week was to think of an image you'd like to feature in your work and reduce it to a basic form. I haven't quite done that here, but I have been thinking of trees, and playing with them - here I first stitched with brown thread, then went back over the piece with a neutral variegated to make it seem more wintery.

And with this quilt, I'm back at the point I should have been, had I started back on my birthday in November, when I meant to. Which means these entries will now be once a week, as they are supposed to be, instead of daily.  And the final one, number 52, should finish up on my birthday (as I am going to post weekly on Monday), and round the year off.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Revisting my Journal Quilts, week 7

(Journal Quilt no 7 completed 4 January 2008)

Here's what I wrote about this quiltlet at the time of making; I think it's still quite a good explanation...

This has been an odd week –started with being up at my mother-in-law’s house, then back home but no school, then school. A bit all over the place. The little bit of work I’ve done this week has also been a bit patchy and all over the place, as I try to get all the bits finished for deadlines, etc. So I thought that for my Journal Quilt, I would show that patchy, all over the place kind of feeling. Starting with bits from the top of my scrap basket, I log-cabin pieced a kind of mock-crazy quilt square – all these fabrics are things I’ve used recently in blocks, projects, swaps, etc (including in two different bags, birthday swap blocks, the orange swap, a Christmas project, the Hever group quilt, and the little fabric boxes I’ve been making).  I then added some embellishments – ribbons, etc and some of the heart brads I used on the Valentine’s ornaments I made this week.  The paper on the back is what I used to back my 1960s postcards.

Just in case you are interested, here's how the fabrics were originally used, from the centre out:

  1. art nouveau centre: bag lining & hearts & handles for February test bag

  2. gold geometric print: supermarket shopper bag

  3. green batik: leaves for Hever group quilt

  4. orange trees: orange block swap

  5. turquoise shibori: postcard background

  6. pink floral: used then rejected (i.e. ripped out and replaced) for choc & pink bday block

  7. pink & orange stars: orange block swap

  8. brown circles: choc & pink block

  9. muted sage green tonal: outside of Feb test bag

  10. orange print: orange block swap

  11. blue stars: snowflake quilt, various christmassy things

  12. dark green batik: leaves as above

  13. multi-coloured purple hand-dye: little boxes, insides mostly

  14. also used the pink lace and brads on the Valentine's ornaments; the other laces, ribbons, etc are random

  15. Saturday, January 06, 2018

    Revisting my Journal Quilts, week 6


    (Journal Quilt no 6 completed 26 December 2007)

    This piece was made from offcuts of some little boxes I made (see below) I took all the leftover off cuts from the boxes and sewed them together to form the base of the journal quilt. I then added some MetaMica paint, some decorative stitching and a bunch of bits and pieces in purple and silver, and hey presto.


    Friday, January 05, 2018

    Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 5

    (Journal Quilt no 5 completed on 20 December 2007)

    This week's journal quilt was another dual-purpose piece - it served as my weekly journal as well as a piece for a Fibre and Stitch challenge.  The challenge was to do something with some scraps - select a small baggie of scraps, spending no more than 15 minutes picking them out, then make something.  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. I stitched the whole thing with purple variegated thread, as well, so there's some texture from that in there, too.

    ATC Friday

    Despite the fact that all of these cards feature dragonflies, they were not from a dragonfly themed swap: they were from a pick-a-theme swap where for various reasons everyone in one group ended up picking a dragonfly theme.  What I did was then look at each person's profile to see what kind of stuff they liked, to try to personalise their dragonflies. This top card was for someone who likes black and white cards with a pop of colour. 

    This was was for someone who likes hot pink and bright blue (I think). 

    This one was for someone who likes found poetry.

    And this one was for someone who likes cubism and art "in the style of" specific artists.

    Thursday, January 04, 2018

    Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 4

    (Journal Quilt no 4 completed on 14 December 2007)

    This photograph has suffered from a combination of bad winter light and the use of white-on-white fabric, but the general idea of the quiltlet is there - a decorated Christmas tree. This piece would have been done during the week we put up the Christmas tree, of course. At the time I wrote this:

    "It was a very quick and simple piece, with the tree stitched down simply with invisible thread and then the garland (which I hasten to add was prestrung and has been hanging out in a drawer for at least a year - it came from the Pier in a post Christmas sale - possibly even in 2005) attached. Not only is the tree representative of my week, but the necessary quickness and simplicity certainly embodies this week, which has been full of many things, most of them not sewing."

    Some things never change!

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    Cross Stitch Update

    Well, I put the Christmas Angels away - I got some work done on it this year, but I reckon there's at least another two years worth of work to do, given how infrequently I work on it and how busy I am around Christmas. This is probably a good thing, as what would I do with out my Christmas nemesis to complain about each year?  This is a detail from the Alice in Wonderland piece - you can see the Red Queen's dress is coming along nicely. Especially as I haven't had a lot of time to stitch this week.

    Revisiting my Journal Quilts, week 3

    (Journal Quilt no 3 completed on 4 December 2007)

    The subject matter of this piece is snowflakes - I think it may have snowed during the week. I used a snowflake block which was surplus to requirements from another project, turned  on point, with different snowflake fabric at the corners, quilted it with (take a wild guess) snowflakes, and added snowflake brads and lots of little snowflake thingies glued on.

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    ATC Tuesday (Crazy!)

    Well, it's always been ATC Friday on the blog here (for a few years, anyway) but I actually have this massive list of cards I've never shown, which I'm never going to catch up with, so I thought I'd chuck in an extra day per week, at least until I thin down the list a bit.

    Anyway, here's this Tuesday's batch of ATCs to show. This are all buddy cards - like Round Robins, but only worked on by two people.

    With these, someone else made the background and I added to them. 

    And with these ones, I made the background and the other player went second (so I only can show the card I got back - they are usually pretty similar, though.)