Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A Day Off

Yesterday I gave myself a day off from the tidying and attended a workshop in order to gain some confidence in free motion quilting.  This is one of those things where I know the idea and the basics but have never actually used it on a quilt because I always 'chicken out' at the last minute in case I mess it up.  It was a really enjoyable day and we came away with lots of ideas which we tried out on a 'quilt sandwich' of a reasonable size to get us used to handling the bulk in the sewing machine.  I have a few blocks left over from a large quilt made some time ago and I'm going to bite the bullet and use free motion quilting to turn them into a lap quilt. One important point I gained from this day was that any minor imperfections don't matter because they show that the work was done by a human being - if you want 'perfect' you would send the quilt away to be quilted by a computer-controlled machine!!  This reminded me so much of what Tim Holtz says about embracing imperfections - I never have 'hang-ups' about sloshing ink, random stamping and torn paper so I must translate that freedom into my quilting as well.

In the meantime I have a card to share which was made almost entirely from oddments 'found' when I was tidying my work space - backing paper cut to size for a card and then not used because the colour wasn't quite right; a piece of embossed background; a stamped and layered image cut away from a 'clean and simple' card where the final stamping of the sentiment had somehow turned out crooked (it happens).  I simply added a couple of die cut shapes from kraft card scraps and a sentiment.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Another Card

I decided that my crafty 'stuff' needs a general tidy and sort out but before putting this lovely Sue Wilson die set away I thought I'd produce another card - displacement activity really because I really MUST have a sort out!!  I used an Embossalicious folder with Centura Pearl card for the background, accented with a light touch of gilding wax.  Sentiment was a Stampin' Up stamp cut out with large oval punch.  A scattering of punched butterflies and there it is - butterflies were accented with clear Wink of Stella pen and a bit of bling.

I've just spotted that the Make My Monday challenge this week is for a grown up card (nothing cute) so I reckon this will fit the bill.