Fabric postcard #2

 

 

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Adijane  is the name of this quilt  pattern.  I picked it up last year

at Thimbles and Things, in Orilla, for my niece who is getting married

this coming weekend.  I am both shocked and amazed that it is actually

finished, quilted and bound.  I spent last Saturday quilting it- only 12 hours.

I wanted to quilt some light designs onto it but that didn’t happen. It seems

like I have to fill in every possible nook and cranny on a quilt.

 

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Because it is a “Modern Quilt”, I tried to quilt modern motifs onto it.

Some of the designs are from Jennifer Ricca, a longarmer in Orilla.  This

particular design is not.  I have seen it in several books I have so I

thought that it would fit the space.

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In the large white areas, I stitched straight lines. It makes

the quilt look very  industrial looking; I hope my niece

likes it.

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I think that this is my most favorite block on the whole quilt.

Pebbles and  swirls make up the stitching.

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In the space between these two areas, more swirls and pebbles.

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Greek Keys have never been a favorite of mine but they are

growing on me.  I am intrigued by how the pattern changes when

the light hits in at a certain angle.  It doesn’t even look like Greek

Keys then.

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Due to the rush I was in, I didn’t applique the circles onto

the top.  I placed them on and zigzagged around them.  It does

make the edges ragged but it should still hold together.

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More circles and straight lines.

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In the dark blue section, I quilted in more wavy lines, in a dark blue

polyester thread.

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This is actually the top of the quilt.  I followed Jennifer’s lead and

stitched in circles in this area.  I do love circles but you can see any

slight mistake with them.

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This large blue area received cross hatching.

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Another lonely circle but it has the squares  all around it.

backing of the quilt

backing of the quilt

The backing of the quilt.  Not sure if this backing would fit into

the “Modern” theme though.

As I  mentioned before, here is week #2 of the Fabric Postcard Challenge.

I found this picture on the Net and copied it in fabric.  Flowers are now the

theme for this week’s Challenge.  My mom loves Pansies so it was an easy

choice and I can send it to her later.

Picture of the pansy

Picture of the pansy

Here is the finished postcard. It is now on its way to  my mom.

I didn’t quite find the exact bluish purple for the outside but this is

all part of the learnign experience.

Pansy fabric postcard

Pansy fabric postcard

This piece of fabric started out as a totally white piece of cotton.

I traced the pansy onto the white fabric and then colored it in

with Prismacolor  Pencils.  Then, I stitched the lines onto the

flower with matching thead.  As a last step, I placed a white

piece of cotton on the back and zig zagged all around the edge.

I am amazed that you can actually send these through the mail.

I just received one from Janet ( What comes next.com) for

Canada Day.  Her  postcard is beautiful!

They are alot of fun to create and so fast as well.

Have a great week!

 

Fabric Postcards-Week # 1

Dale's quilt

Dale’s quilt

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Dale did a great job on this batik quilt.  “Spring Bouquet” is the name

of the panto that she wanted for the quilt.  I used a dark polyester pink

thread on the top and a pale pink polyester thread on the backing.

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In the border area, you can really see the stitching well.

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The backing was also a pale pink color.  It makes  the quilt look totally

different from the front of the quilt.

 

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Dale also brought a really neat “Elephant” wallhanging that

needed to be quilted as well.

The  picture above shows the 2 different borders in the wallhanging.

In the inner block border, I followed the lines of the blocks using a light

grey polyester thread.

In the white borde area, I quilted a simple wavy line .  This helped add

some texture to the area. In the outer border, I quilted an “X” shape,

again following the lines on the fabric. Sometimes, the fabric used in

the quilt top itself gives you an idea of what to quilt in a particular area.

I think that if the person used a certain fabric in the quilt, then they must

like that fabric.   So, why not use the pattern within the fabric itself?

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I really love the sun shape in this wallhanging.  It is so cool.  Dale wanted

me to stitch around the sun and leave the inside area alone. No problem.

In this space, I used a darker grey thread to match the background area

around the sun.

There is also a tree stitched underneath the sun.  I thought that the elephant

needed some vegetation to surround him,to make him feel at home.

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Here you can see the front of the elephant.  Again, another tree was stitched

in this area.  Again, a lighter grey thread was used to match the background

area.

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Underneath the elephant, I tried to quilt in some pebbles and dirt.

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You can see most of the elephant here. It is a really neat

wallhanging.

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There were also 2 pieces of grass on the wallhanging.  I thought that more

grass would be fun so that is what I quilted in these 2 areas.

Last week, I mentioned starting a Fabric Postcard Challenge.  In the rules

I created, I had to take a picture and make a postcard from that photo.  Each

week, there would also be a theme.

Well, here is week # 1. The theme I chose was “Circles.”  I didn’t think that

I would actually manage to complete my postcard for this week.  Isn’t that

the  way-make a committment and then not even manage to complete it

the very first week. I got up early today and stitched it this morning.

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Hay bales at a neighbouring farm.

Week # !- Circles

Week # 1- Circles

Here is my completed fabric postcard.  It needs some work but at least it is

finished.  There are a few things that can improved upon but it was fun

to do.  Hoping that it will stimulate my creative juices.

Have a great week.

OH, by the way, 3  people left comments last week so I have decided to send

each one a piece of my hand dyed fabric.

Comfort Quilts, Dyeing, Fabric Postcards and Winnings…

Mary made this cute comfort quilt for our Guild.  It just needed to be quilted and bound.

The lime green color really stands out.

Comfort Quilt by Mary

Comfort Quilt by Mary

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A close up of the quilting on the Train Comfort Quilt.  I wanted to

quilt a quick free motion design so I decided to follow the  pieced block

pattern  and quilt a small gentle line in each section.  White polyester thread was

used on the top and a dark blue on the backing.

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I have been wanting to dye fabric for a while  so I took

the plunge and ordered some powdered dyes from G & S, in Toronto.

This is the result.  Do you like hand dyed fabrics?  Leave a comment

at the end of this post, telling me why you like hand dyed

fabric so much. I will draw one name and  send you a piece of both the turquoise and

yellow fabric that I dyed last week.

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Another hand dyed piece-looks kind of cool.

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This looks like a more solid colored piece.  I  find it hard to

create a solid color.  The mottled colors are somewhat easier to dye.

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I really like the yellow and green colors in this piece. I was even fortunate

enough to find some white and cream fabric at a yard sale several weeks ago.

And my neighbour gave me 3 1/2 yards of white fabric too-yeah!  More dyeing to come.

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Yellow-I had to choose a color to dye, so this was it. I like all the various shades

of yellow.

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Below, this is my very first fabric postcard.  Brandy Lynn

Maslowski, is holding a fabric  postcard exchange for Canada Day.

70 people from across Canada have committed to participate and mine

is going to BC.  I will also recieve a fabric postcard from someone as well.

Isn’t that cool? Brandy Lynn is the host of Canadian Quilt Talk.  I will link up

with her show so please check her out.

My very first fabric postcard

My very first fabric postcard

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Here is my second fabric postcard. Can you guess wha it resembles?

Here is one of the six patterns that I won several weeks ago from

Sassfras Designs, in Colorado, during the Creative Blog Festival.

Amy hosted it over at Amy’s Creative Side.

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Here is pattern #2.

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Pattern # 3.

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I love the colors in this pattern -4.

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Pattern # 5 is colorful as well.

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Pattern # 6 didn’t want to co-operate so it has no photo.

Uhmm, which quilt will I make first?

Andre Gallant is a photographer that I just discovered on the Net.

You should check out his photos-they are amazing!  And he is

Canadian as well, from New Brunswick.  I will link up to his

website so you can take a look for yourself.

I am thinking that I may follow his example and take the 52 week

challenge.  My challenge would  involve making fabric postcards but I

have a few rules that I have to follow though.  I have to take a photo to

go along with the postcards.  I can use any theme for the week and I can

use any medium (ie. paint, fabric, markers etc) to help me make my

postcards as well.  Sounds like fun but I am hoping it will kick start

my creative juices.

Each week I will post both the picture and the postcard that I made.

If you feel up for the challenge, you can send me what you have created

too.

I was hoping to have a nice quiet and relaxing summer but I think all that

has changed now.

See you next week.