I have had scarcely enough time to breathe, but I can find time to quilt. I was away in Alaska on a cruise, been uber-busy on the job, and things at the house are a mess. During all of this I have been able to get my quilt for Quilting Arts mailed as well as finish off a bunch of ATCs for swaps.
I was invited to a quilt retreat in Pennsylvania the weekend after the cruise (last weekend), and through a rotten cold caught on the plane from Seattle, I was able to finish a circle journal page for my own Circle Journal that was mailed to Australia, but also finished my “precious fabric” round robin starter. I decided to do a fabric journal, in which each participant would do a set of pages, or one “signature”. I chose my hand dyed fabrics as my precious fabrics. It was hard to cut them up. I also finished about 10 ATCs for swaps.
Now I have someone elses’ round robin and someone elses’ circle journal to finish this month, as well as about 5 swaps before the end of the year. I finished these ATCs today. I love how old tombstones say “Sacred to the Memory of…” on them, cemeteries are so often forgotten, but are there so you always remember the people in them. I wonder sometimes if the people there are upset that no one remembers who they were. My husband lost a good friend this past week, so this set of ATCs was a bit theraputic.
Both of my checks for QA magazine and the European Papers’ ATC show have been cashed. Hooray! Sounds dumb, but that means they are both in. I wish I could go to Houston for the big Quilt show, but it is always Halloween weekend, and this year is an important anniversary I don’t think I can miss. 😉 However, I am saving my pennies for the show in Chicago in April. I can’t wait to go!
I am hosting this week’s International ATC Month Week 1 challenge on fabric ATCs. Monday, I’m hosting a chat class on how to make them. I spent today making some non sewn ATCs. This one I am keeping for me.
I burned the heck out of my fingers making this damn card.
I made some cards that were hand sewn, and also some catds that were painted, stamped, and drawn, so that each person could use their art on fabric somehow.
Now, I have ton’s of other projects to do… One, I need to start my round robin project. You know, precious fabrics. 🙁
I’m in desperate need of more plain black fabric, and some white as well, in order to start these projects, and to have on hand.
I also need to go back and update my posts that have the pictures missing, and maybe update the quilting pages as well. I have a vase and two purses to post (one I made today) from the Tammy Tadd pattern I bought in Chicago.
I was invited to go to a retreat with my round robin friends in a camp north of Harrisburg PA Sept 29th – October 1. This is right after I get back from Alaska, but I don’t care. I joined right up! Hopefully I can use that opportunity to get some projects done!!
Here is mine. I was hoping to get this done before my vacation and I’m glad I did. It’s very creepy.
The picture is from our trip to the UK. The churchyard is behind the St Mary’s Abbey, a beautiful ruin from the 13th century. While walking around the back of the abbey ruins, there was an iron gate and a church and churchyard. The graves were all from the 1700’s.
I’m sending it off this week. I’m so excited.
Here is step 1. I fused fabric bits to make the little people. These cards are for the Zetti stle swap i joined on www.atcards.com.
Step 7. Here is the edging going on. I make 2 passes around. My machine is set on a 5 point width and a .80 distance on a zig zag stitch. I am using an overcast foot in order to get the zig zag to go over the edge nicely.
I embellished further with beads and a few sequins.
Step 9. The way I finish my cards is to fuse a sticky backing onto stamped fabric, and them fuse the stamped portion to the card. Here I have stamped plain muslin with the ATC stamp, and fused “Wonder Under” onto the back. It comes with a paper backing you peel away to stick it to the back of the ATC.
Here I am fusing it on with my mini craft iron.
Finished card with fused back. It makes the card a bit stiffer than just writing on the backs.
Step 9 (option 2): some fiber ATC-er’s use a paper backing. Here I stamped the ATC stamp to a piece of card that was cut to ATC size, and I am zig-zag stitching it to card. Use a wider stitch length or you will just perforate the card completely and your back won’t stick on! (I don’t use this method because I don’t like cleaning paper dots out of the guts of my machine!)
I hope this helped you make fabric ATCs!
The website is here: www.europeanpapers.com
I have only ever sent in a card to Quilting Arts magazine. I hope I get to see this card again. I don’t enter many contests or exhibits, but I’m getting my feet wet.
Click on the card for a larger image, I’m rather proud of it.