This post is all about small things and certainly reinforces the saying that small is beautiful. Last week I received a birthday present from my dear friend Jan. She knows what I like and always manages to send me something that is delightful. This year was no exception and when I opened the parcel I discovered a gorgeous pincushion made from felt and decorated with such lovely embroidery. I will certainly enjoy using it.
Jan also sent me an ATC with a box on the front which opened to reveal two metal hearts nestling in some wool roving. I have received ATCs before but never one which was three-dimensional. Such a lot of work had gone into this too. Thank you so much Jan for the lovely presents and also for the hand made card which accompanied them.
Another package arrived on Tuesday containing two more small beauties. I recently sent some of my hand dyed threads to my friend, another Jan, and agreed that I would accept one of her beautiful postcards in return. When I opened the envelope there were two postcards inside and I love them both. Jan actually used some fabric and threads that she had previously purchased from me and it was really nice to see them being used in such a creative way. Thank you Jan for this lovely swap. Jan creates wonderful postcards which you can also see on her special postcard blog here.
I’ve been working small too. I finally got round to sending off my contribution to the SAQA Spotlight Auction. This takes place at the Fiberlandia Conference at the end of April and I am really looking forward to seeing all the contributions in person this year. If you are a SAQA member there is still time to send in a contribution. The size is 6″ x 8″ and they will be displayed in mats with a 4.5″ x 6.5″ opening. My contribution is a small version of my Wheels and Windows series. The edge is deliberately not finished except for a row of stitching because of the mat that will be covering it.
Finally I also got going on this year’s journal quilt challenge for the Contemporary Group. The size this year is 6″ x 12″ and we had to commit to portrait or landscape orientation. I decided to challenge myself and go with the landscape. I’ve also decided to combine this, whenever possible, with the monthly challenge for the East Midlands Contemporary Textiles group that I belong to. Each month we explore a different theme and technique and for February the technique was reverse appliqué and the theme was movement. I have used a piece of dyed fabric for the top and a failed printout of an image from which I made a small quilt a while back. I just machined some wave shapes and then cut them back to reveal the fabric underneath. This was then machine quilted by roughly echoing the wave shapes and then the piece was faced. I’m certainly finding it more of a challenge to work in this orientation. I am a little behind with this challenge already, although I do have a couple of pieces batching in the garage which, hopefully, will form the background for at least one more journal quilt.
That is really all I have done since last time as I’m still having problems with BT who don’t seem to be too anxious to contact me about my problem with my home hub. All it means is that everything takes twice as long to do while I wait for it to reconnect to the internet!
I hope that you have a good week and that it is filled with creative fun.