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So back to simple short projects. I wanted to make a more personal greeting card so I started with printing a photo of my favorite blue wicker chair. I tend to sit here when I take quiet time or relax to read or use my iPad. It's my favorite. I decided I'd mount this card on a 4 by 6 inch watercolor paper piece.
First I grabbed my orange bag of scraps and created a sewn background for my chair. I sewed the scraps directly to a piece of batting then trimmed it to the size of the watercolor card.
I then cut out from the paper the printed image of my blue chair, placed it on the orange scrap background and sewed it in place. Then I sewed the whole piece to the watercolor paper. I stamped with my alphabet stamps my message which was "have a blue chair kind of day" and wrote over the stamped areas with a darker ink. I then signed it on the back with a note for a person to whom I might be sending the card. I would place this in an envelope for mailing.
That's all there is to it! I kind of liked this activity so I made a second one that I would use to send to someone who needed a lift or perhaps was ill. This was a photo I took of a garden angel statue that I have. Here's how that card turned out. So I recommend you look through your photo files and find an interesting subject to create a greeting card that is truly from you!
Well I decided to dive in and start piecing a wall quilt with the silk fabrics. This has gone fairly easily and so far I haven't really suffered from it slipping when I sew pieces together.
Here's what I've done so far, it's about 23 by 28 inches. I guess I don't suffer from lack of color do I? Looking forward to the quilting part, i'm thinking I'll do some sort of curvy lines. First I need to figure out a border about 3 inches in width. Thinking it will have black in it.
Here's the pet photo pillow cover for a 16 inch pillow I recently completed.
Although it is the same photo I used to make the wall quilt for this friend,
I enlarged the photo to better fill the larger space and this time added a few
grassy accents to create more interest.
So I received this great stack of colorful silk fat quarters that I purchased recently and I can't wait to get into them, but I haven't quite decided on the project.
So I decided to indulge myself by cutting a 3 inch square out of each of them and used them to make a small simple Sunday art. You can use any fabrics to do this but this is what I chose. I first cut a large rectangle of black wool felt. On the silk squares I stamped with green ink a ginkgo leave. Then I added the silk pieces on the wool diagonally and stitched around the edge of the leaves with the sewing machine. Nice! Great contrast between the bright silks and the black wool. I trimmed away the excess black background so the final piece looks like a series of individual squares. Attached a way to hang it and here it is hung on my purple side door. I had that location in mind the whole time I was making it because I knew it would really pop on that purple background. And that's my simple Sunday art for this week. A short process that scratches my creative itch and adds something fun to the door at the same time.
I was very happy to hear yesterday that my quilt inspired by a visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial in 2010 has been juried into this exhibit at the Brush Gallery in Lowell Massachusetts. This is an all media show to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks.
In my quilt I chose to highlight two of the interesting points at this memorial site, the Survivor Tree and the Field of Empty Chairs. It is 24 by 24 inches. I was strongly moved by my visit to this site. Here's the information from the prospectus:
Brush Art Gallery and Lowell National Historical Park Seek entries for Centennial Art Exhibition, Telling America's Stories: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service.
The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016! In celebration of the centennial, Brush Art Gallery and Studios in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park is seeking entries of contemporary art for a juried exhibit, to be held at the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts from May 7 - June 10, 2016. Help us commemorate the visionaries who came before us, their groundbreaking ideas, the amazing places the National Park Service manages, and the powerful and significant stories they collectively tell.
This is special to me because I'm a big fan of the national parks in our country.
Occasionally I use scraps of fiber and fabric and create note cards. Here's a few samples I've made recently using fibers left over from my weaving. Every time I look at them I think of the words "she's come undone" "which I think I remember from a popular rock song of the 60s. Anyway it can be fun to create and send these cards. Keep some blank cards and envelopes on hand for this reason! A simple project to turn to to make simple Sunday art.