Now back to cards...
I finally got to make something other than cards! I need a better picture, it's too sunny out here today :-) Looking at a photo of my quilts is a good way to find where it can be improved...the caribou needed a bit more contrast, my usual problem... I like this style though, since I'd much rather make fun backgrounds than foregrounds, this way it's mostly background :-)
Now back to cards...
I finally got an order in the mail that I've been working on for awhile! Here's my latest attempt at fireweed, and my girls made a batch of birch trees almost completely without me, using a nifty "slash and insert" method for the trees.
I finally got back around to playing with Photoshop and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) this morning. I edited a photo of a fireweed blossom in Photoshop, then printed it on the TAP and ironed it onto PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric. Then I layered it with some batting and interfacing and added some stitching. I was trying to make it look like a painted flower, but it still looks a lot like a photo to me, what do you think?
I'm trying to generate more 'likes' for my Facebook page, so now through
Wednesday, March 26 I am giving a free downloadable pattern of your choice to anyone who likes my page. Please leave a comment on this post telling me which one you want, which will automatically give me your e-mail address to send the pattern to without you having to post it publicly. (You DO NOT have to put your e-mail in the comment, just in the box, which won't show publicly. Also, I won't use it for anything else or share it!) Of course, I would love it if you share my website or Facebook page on yours, but I am not making it a requirement, too much to keep track of :-) If you have already 'liked' my page, you can get a pattern by sharing instead. To recap:
1. like my Facebook page (button on sidebar to the right, NOT the button at the bottom of the post, that just likes this post)
2. leave a comment below to tell me which pattern you want. (click here to see them) If I get a lot, it may take me a while to get them all out, please be patient :-) It will come as a PDF attachment.
This is a fun and quick method for a small project, and uses up random scraps. Tutorial here.
We had a great quilting retreat last weekend, and I finally got 60 cards made. They are already mostly gone though, so I'm still not as caught up as I'd like to be! Too many irons in the fire, we are working on getting printed patterns available on the website, a new crane wall quilt pattern is almost ready, and I have some classes going on too. The printed patterns are available now to quilt shops, send me an e-mail if you are interested in those! firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time, I branched out to the coast of Alaska, so far I have stuck mostly to interior plants and animals. Lots of possible ideas there!
I finally managed to get some cards done and in to one of the quilt shops... Still need lots more, but I have a quilting retreat this weekend, so that should help! One batch was some simple modernish ones. The cross eyed owl is a bit TOO cross eyed after I stitched down the middle of his face :-)
I'm having trouble getting cards done with other opportunities popping up all over the place. Last week I did some alterations on a wedding dress and made a shawl to go with it. I used some of the blue fabric left over to make a little scene for a wedding gift. It's just 5 x 7 inches, basically a big card.
I have since gotten some cards done, I'll put those pictures up soon! I'm still thinking about my latest request for a very non quilty project...if I do it I'll put up pictures, but I may scream and run the other way... :-)
I haven't been getting many cards done lately, I've been sidetracked by other projects! This is another version of the Moose Madness pattern that I quilted the sample quilt for. A local quilter, Nancy Hanneman, made this wonderful variation of the quilt and asked me to quilt it for her. She did a great job on the fabric selection!
I also had a wedding dress alteration, maybe next week I'll be back to cards...
I decided to try a technique I saw on Pinterest, and got what I thought was really cool results. It's just a credit card and a little bit of fabric ink, paint would probably work too. It takes a bit to get the right touch, my daughter was trying it too and we wrecked several of them, but once we got the hang of it, it's so quick and easy and looks great! I can never have enough ways to make birch trees :-) The original post was an elementary school art teacher doing this on paper with her students, I think it looks even better on fabric. Here is a link to that post: http://cmae-adayinthelife.blogspot.com/search/label/Student%20Art?updated-max=2011-12-02T22:26:00-07:00&max-results=20&&by-date=false