Monday, 25 April 2011

Thank you, and in advance, apologies!

Whew, what a gap! Coursework for the old course overlapping the start of the new course was followed by a computer/camera malfunction which totally scuppered me! But I'm back :)

First of all I have to say an enormous thank you for the fantastic response to my last post! It was so amazing to have all of you come to visit Cardiff with me :) I hope that I can take you to other new places with me in the near future :)

Secondly I have to apologise for what I'm about to share with you; recently, the thought came upon me that I would like to try crazy quilting. Who knows what possessed me! But the randomness appealed to me, no patterns, just wherever you wanted to go with it (sound like fabric art journaling to you??). I'm sure that this wasn't random at all, but I found this particular piece and thought how completely heavenly it was :) isn't it one of the most beautiful things you've ever seen?

I picked up the basic premise of stitching the fabric together here, and although it takes her like two minutes, it took me like two hours! And my result was this:-

So.... let's just say that I'm hoping that when I add beading then something magical will happen ;) but in the meantime I'm treating this as an experiment! This was SO much fun! I'm treating this particular square like a fabric art journal page, and I'm trying out some stuff :) so far I have added some beading along one seam but due to the above mentioned coursework etc that's about as far as I got!

I've bought a few embellishments which I still haven't sewn down (because I keep moving them, much in the style of anything I do that I add embellishments to!). I still don't know what's going to happen to this piece, how it's going to turn out or what it will be for, but I agreed to share it while chatting with a far superior seamstress because I do think that crazy quilting might just be the sewing answer to art journaling ;)

The eventual goal is that one day, I will have messed around with all this stuff enough so that I can make from scratch the art journal cover that I couldn't find after scouring etsy, folksy, eBay and artfire - because that's what we're here for. We want to create something that we were looking for all along :) wish me luck!


Michelle said...

I am glad you are doing well!!! Been thinking of you!! I enjoyed my tour of Cardiff!!! :) Your quilt looks fantastic!!! I can't wait to see what else you do with it. I have a quilt like that... a Christmas one that my father's wife made and sent to me about 10 years ago. Have a great week!! :)

dianapena8 said...

Crazy Quilting??? I didn't know that existed, something else I've learned from you :) I like the concept, it looks fun, and love what you did, can't wait to see the finished journal page =D