Monday, February 24, 2014

More from the fabric heart themed swap!

Just a few days later, the second swap group of 3 inchies arrived:
 Lisa H.'s square in felt with beautiful embroidery
Lisa S.'s is so elegant and soft in white
Jeanelle's, in lace from an antique collar, wool felt, buttons...
 and a very cute key
Linda's has many hearts in different textures, all bright

  Tamatha somehow managed 9 tiny, intricately detailed squares on each 3 inchie!
 Hope said she immediately envisioned this "Polly Pocket" style creation when she decided to join the swap:
 and it turned out beautifully -- so original!
 Here's my humble contribution to the second swap:
another multi-layered square onto which I stitched a favorite piece of vintage pink crochet ribbon and a heart cut from a vintage necktie, and then hand stitched in pink and white around it.
 There were more lovely gifts to spoil me!

 Best of all, the generous swappers each made an extra inchie to send to cheer a friend whose health prevented her from joining in the fun this time.
 I made this card from paper and fabric to go with it; it was so much FUN to spread the joy!
Here they all are (including two extras -- my "trial run" inchies)
I haven't yet decided what to do with mine...
but I can't wait to do so, and get started!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fabric heart themed swap

A bunch of us got together to do a fabric heart swap just in time for Valentine's Day; I enjoyed boxes arriving with beautiful art for several wonderful days!
I gathered them together and boxed them up and got them out as quickly as I could -- and that part was joyful, too!  We had two groups with 7 stitchers in each group.
When one had to drop out, I picked up her spot so I ended up being in both swaps!  Here's the 3-inch fabric square I made for one of them.
Its base was muslin, with a layer of white burlap, vintage heart crochet "lace", and a piece of beautiful French ribbon I've been hoarding for years; over all of it was a layer of pink tulle.  And of course a button and some crinkled seam binding.
 This beautiful silk fabric/ribbon weave with a felt puffy heart is by Kristi.
It is so tactile -- I love it like crazy!
French themed, velvet, silk and more...texture galore by Mercedes
These lovely embroidered layers are by Barb...
 who told me she had spent some snowy days relaxing with these hearts and happy memories of stitching with her mother.
Beth's beautiful hearts each had a different phrase sewn on.
 I love her detail and the mixture of pinks and reds.
Suzanne's came pinned to a crocheted doily.
 How adorable is that bouquet in the corner?

Terri made this beautiful creation; each of hers had a different vintage embellishment,
and beautiful gold detail!
It's always such a joy to see how different artists will interpret the same theme!
I received some lovely, lovely gifts from the swappers, too:
 this woven purse from Kristi blew me away with its rosette and rows of fabric...
 ...and look at the quilted piece inside!
This hand made vintage goodness came from Beth:
 ...and of course you already saw Terri's gift in the last post.
There are more scrumptious heart creations to come: 2nd swap group in the next post!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book of love

I'm just going to show you this completely overwhelmingly beautiful gift I received from Terri; she was the first one to inspire me to try fabric journals and got me hooked in a big way.
Terri is so talented; she puts things together with such perfection and she is a far superior sewer than I am!  I think she has patience with her art that I can only aspire to -- and I do!
Feast your eyes:





















Yes, I do know how lucky I am to be the recipient of such a completely beautiful gift!
I will treasure it always!