Sacred to the Memory

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!

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What am I getting myself into?

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 also need to get some “texture” squares done for the Off Kilter Quilter group. They have to be 6″. Which is not too bad.

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!!

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Quilting Arts challenge entry

The theme is to take a picture and make an abstract work from it.

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.

Here is my quilt. It’s supposed to be an abstract of the photo.

I’m sending it off this week. I’m so excited.

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Fabric ATC tutorial


Here is step 1. I fused fabric bits to make the little people. These cards are for the Zetti stle swap i joined on

step2Step 2. Make the quilt “sandwich”

step3Step 3. Quilt away! I quilt my cards heavily, in this case with varigated thread.

step4Here are the quilted cards with the back of one shown.

step5Step 4. Trim the cards to size. Here I taped off my ruler to the ATC size and use the clear ruler to center my design. Remember that the edges are going to be sewn, so leave room!

step6Step 5. I made some embellished words to go on the cards. They needed something colorful to make them pop. I stamped words onto small scraps.

step7Here are the cards cut down, with the word embellishments ready to go and a small pile of scraps from cutting.
step8Step 6. Here are the words being sewn on.


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.

step 10Here are the cards after finishing the edges.

step 11Step 8. I am finishing off the front of the cards wth some embellishments. This is black perle cotton for the critter’s arms and legs.

step 12
I embellished further with beads and a few sequins.
step 13Step 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.
step 14Here I am fusing it on with my mini craft iron.
step 15

Finished card with fused back. It makes the card a bit stiffer than just writing on the backs.

step 16Step 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!

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European Papers Entry

I call this Creativity Flows. I could have entered up to 5 cards. I decided to put more effort into one.

The website is here:

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.

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