Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Double Wedding Ring Experiment ...

At the end of last year I pre-ordered Victoria Findlay Wolfe's new book called Double Wedding Ring Quilts and (in readiness) the Marti Michell DWR template set (although it turns out the book contains all the paper templates you need.).  When the book arrived I was WOWED!!  Victoria has such a wonderful sense of colour, design and playfulness.

Inspired to try something small, I pulled out a lilac/blue print I was trying to use up from my stash, paired with some co-ordinating solids.  So began my time of play with this design.

After many, many variations on the design wall, what I had thought was going to be a square quilt of 2 x 2 rings became a dressing table top runner of 2 x 1 rings.  I 'made' the fabric for the ring centres and used the solids to construct the surrounding melons.  Although I had already done some curved piecing with my Drunkard Paths quilts, I learnt some very useful lessons along the way about how best to match the seams of the melons.

This is the finished piece, together with a close-up of the quilting.  I will definitely tackle a larger quilt at some point, but for now I'm happy that my first experiment stayed small :)

I was able to use the extra 'made' fabric pieces in the backing when I discovered another piece of the lilac/blue print lurking in my stash.  (I think it has mostly gone now apart from a few bits cut down into bricks/squares or in the string bin!)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Brooklyn Babe ...

I'd like to enter this card in the Kenny K's Krafty Crew #194 Just a Girl Challenge.  This was a really fun one to do :)

The image is Kenny K's Brooklyn Babe digi stamp, coloured with watercolour pencils.  The page is from an old book, cut out with the Brother ScanNCut and distressed around the edges.  The backing papers are by Debbie Moore and My Craft Studio.

Monday, 13 April 2015

With love ...

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: Crafty Catz Challenge #274: 2 or more patterned papers and Fantasy Stampers Challenge #34: Clean and Simple.

The main image is by LOTV and is coloured with watercolour pencils.  The greeting is also LOTV.  The butterfly paper is a Debbie Moore magazine freebie and the red paper is by My Craft Studio.  A gemstone from stash completes the card.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Quilting Update ...

It's been a while since I posted about what I've been doing on the quilt front, so here's an update. 

I've finished the Opposites Attract quilt that I have been working on for months!  There was a lot of time spent piecing in order to get the curves right and a lot of time spent quilting.  I'm really pleased with the outcome and it's almost too nice to use ... so I'll have to let it just be admired for a while.

 I've also finished the Sparkle Punch quilt top.  The original pattern had the stars going right up to and off the edges, but as it came to life on my design wall I decided I preferred to keep the stars whole, so the outside edges were filled in with background fabric.  I've even used a couple of orphan blocks to make a pieced backing as the fabric I chose was a few inches too narrow :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

My Besties ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Crafty Catz - #271 No Design Papers; Fusion Challenge - Floral Fusion using the sketch; and My Besties Aussie - #3 Tic Tac Toe using the line tags, swirls, brads.

The main image is a Sherri Baldy's My Besties image coloured with watercolour pencils.  The tag greetings are from LOTV.  The alphabet used to create the background is See-D's Smudgy Keys Alphabet - Distress Inks were applied to card, the stamps were used with water to remove ink, then stamped over again with DInk to create a layered image.  The swirl stamp that decorates the edges is from Tim Holtz's Visual Artistry Collection.  Glossy Accents and Jelly Roll glitter pen were used to highlight parts of the image.  Brads from stash complete the card.

Spring ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:  Fantasy Stampers #32 - Spring in the Air.

The main image was created with Hobby Art's Anna's Collection stamp set using Distress Inks.  The greeting tag is by LOTV. The ribbons are not showing in the proper colours in the photo which are pale lilac and lemon yellow.  A button from stash completes the card.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Birthday Hugs ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Ribbon Girl - Any image with birthday theme; My Besties UK - Anything + 'Bling' and My Besties International - 3 Layers with optional buttons.

The main image is Ella Bella Buttons by Sherri Baldy coloured with watercolour pencils and mica powders (for added 'bling').  The greeting tags are by LOTV.  Background papers (one of which is foiled) are from a mixed pack I bought on eBay a couple of years ago.  Silver mirror card, lace and ribbon from stash complete the card.

This is the first time I've worked with a My Besties image and I think there's lots of room for improvement, but I have to start somewhere :)