Monday, December 24, 2018

WIP Monday

Well, let's make it a Work-In-Progress Monday….

What have I done this week?

Working, taking care of mum, a lot of Christmas shopping, writing Christmas cards, baking Christmas cakes, setting up the tree, some stitching on my CQ bag and even did some art journaling…..

Boy, have I been busy😊

Have been searching for trims in my stash for my CQ bag.

Found some lovely vintage and antique ones in a bronze/gold color, think they look great with the used colors....

Also did some embroidery stitches, not much yet, but this is what it looks now:

Now I can also show you  a CQ fabric postcard made in november since it arrived on it's     destination.

I am in a PFA (Postcard Fabric Art) group on FB and the november theme was Japan. 

I made this card with sushi + chopsticks fabric and a piece of red fabric from an old kimono my friend Hideko from Japan gave me.

From Barbara in Australia I received this lovely Japanese card, love the binding she used!   

She also made me some folded cranes to bring me luck, ain't that sweet? 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Started another bag....

I decided to make another bag after finding the striped fabric in blue, green and creme in my stash.

These are more my colors…..

As focal point I used a print of a French postcard from my private collection.

The lady from the Twenties wears a coat in my favorite color turquoise.

The picture of the block doesn´t do right to the colors, it is much brighter in real.

I already started to add embellishments like tatting, lace and trims, now I can start with the embroidering.

Also I´d like to show you a fabric postcard I made. 
It was for a swap of the Postcard Fabric Art group I am in. 
The theme for October was butterflies.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Crazy quilting - a trip down memory lane!

Back to crazy quilting and a trip down memory lane……

Now that my creative mojo is back after my year long burn out I decided to start a CQ bag, have never made one….

The part I always love most is searching for fabrics. This is for me what Crazy Quilting is all about. Not going to a quiltshop and buy all the fabrics you need at one time, but diving into your stash and search for cherished fabrics!

I started with the siggie of this beautiful lady. I bought it from Elizabeth during a CQI retreat in Kansas City, USA some years ago. 

Then I found a William Morris print with honeysuckle which matched great with the siggie. It's a little leftover from the quiltshop I owned in the nineties. 

The second part I added is the light green striped fabric, got this fabric swatch (for curtains) from my long gone SIL Marian.

The third part in dark blue and black is a piece of necktie fabric I bought some years ago at the "Flachsmarkt" in and around the castle in Krefeld, Germany.

And then I found the green checked fabric,think it also comes from a CQI retreat in KC.

The pink fabric is silk from an old kimono that Hideko from Japan shared during my first CQI retreat at Gerry's house in Denver, USA.

The next, a dark blue velvet comes from a jacquet I wore around 1985, yes, my Hippie time😊

On the right of my block you'll find a cream traditional fabric with little flowers from Austria, bought in
Innsbruck during the Quilt Expo IV in 1998.

The next blue fabric with a Paisley motif comes from an old bolt of necktie fabric I bought at the Marché aux Puces in Lille, France around 10 years ago.

The striped cream fabric is from a necktie I got from an old neighbour, the green and pink checked fabric I also brought from a CQI retreat, think it came from Cathy from Utah...

The cream silk with leaves I bought when I started my first CQ project and the last pink fabric with the little flowers is the only one I don't know where it came from…

This was my little trip around the world, it brought back lovely memories of people and places I have visited! 

What do you think, am I a bit strange to know from almost all the fabrics where they came from?

And did I make you curious to the end result, here it is: