Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Look at the blessing I received in the mail from my mother-in-law! She currently lives over seas and is very excited about my work. I had asked her if she ever saw any silk that was reasonably priced, because it can be so expensive here in the US (if you can even find it!). I mainly wanted scraps to experiment with because I rarely use yardage of any kind. She emailed to tell me that some was on the way, and a few days later I received a box, bulging at the seams with silk! Imagine a mix between a kid in a candy store and a quilter in a fabric store and that's about how excited I was!
The pictures don't do the colors justice (which is usually the case), but trust me when I say the colors are luscious and the textures are phenomenal. I took another picture of a couple of my favorites close-up. You can see the tone-on-tone embossed floral designs. In person, they are somewhere between a deep purple and violet. Just beautiful! Now I''m off to experiment with some of it. :)
Today, I got the opportunity to do a program for a small quilt group in my local area. I talked about batting scraps and what we can do with them. You know what scraps I mean, right? The ones we can't seem to part with, but aren't big enough to use in a quilt. Here's what I came up with:
1. Applique: Cut shapes out of plain or dyed batting and use traditional applique or needle felting techniques to adhere them to your project.
2. Trapunto. If you have elements in your quilt that you would like to be "puffy", use a scrap of batting to quilt just the motif. Then layer the entire quilt as you normally would and quilt.
3. Miniature Quilts. No need to cut large pieces of batting down for small quilts, instead, save your scraps!
4. Book and Jounral Covers. Pick your favorite fabrics and piece together a cover. No lining fabric is needed. Quilt the fabric to the batting and the batting will glide over the cover of your book.
5.Needle Books. Great for storing and transporting hand or machine needles, these handy little carriers have "pages" made out of felt, or in this case batting. Organize and store your needles on different pages.
6. Construction. That's right you can actually use the batting to create with. The photo above is a small snowman pincushion (the little guy stands about 3" tall) that I made out of 6 and 4" circles. Just think how cute a teddy bear would be, made out of dyed batting!
What else can you come up with?
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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