Monday, May 5, 2008

Embellisher Experiment #9: Crazy Quilt Scraps

The little clippings from all of last week's piecing had been swept off the table and into the waste basket when I thought...some of these could still be used, with my embellisher!
So many times when I visit other bloggers and see the spontaneous and quick projects they do I think to myself, "Allie, you should play more..." (I'm pretty project/goal oriented in my stitching.)
So yesterday I gave myself one day to create a little piece using some scraps, just for the fun of it.
It was interesting using the same fabrics in such an entirely different way.

This is 8" X 10".
The orange leaves are actually out of some filmy knitting ribbon that my friend Freda Butler sent to me. Thanks, Freda!
The ivy leaves and flowers are from an old batch of fake flowers I've had on hand for years. I felted them into place with a little soy roving (the fibers acting like a kind of glue.)
There's more I could do with this, but I want to get started on embellishing my Spring Crazy Quilt.
Thanks for the ideas that have come in regarding what to put in the center of the quilt. I love getting them!
Kathi Everett wrote suggesting I use dimensional silk flowers in an arrangement in the center, and I really like that idea...but I can start in on the seam treatments before I decide.

12 comments :

Debra said...

I have that same lament--I don't play enough either. Everything gets so intense for me as I work towards a deadline. Aaark!

Kay said...

Love the orange leaves! Now that's playful.

JoWynn Johns said...

Damn! I had some fake flowers I bought to practice drawing flowers and threw them away. Now to see that even THEY could have been stitched into something! What a beautiful piece you created by playing. Just can't help yourself, can you?

Maureen said...

Glad you enjoyed playing and the result was good.Have to admit I hate to play and it doesn't work out- hate to waste fabric and time.

colorbox said...

Allie....yes! definitely play more! this is gorgeous!!!

Sande said...

Very pretty! Yup, everyone should play more!

Pam Kellogg said...

We seem to share the same attitude. I take my stitching & sewing quite seriously. That's why I've been making cards. It's playtime for me. If they don't come out perfect or the way I intended them to, they're just cards.

This is lovely!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I love this! Evening primroses - a Texas native wildflower. They are all over everywhere in Austin right now - beautiful things. I like it when you play with the embellisher!!

Rian said...

Delightful!! I love the whimsy of this piece. The fake leaves really add a lot. I mean, they're silk, after all.

~Julie~ said...

OOoh!! Allie, I can almost smell the flowers. =) Beautiful job, and I agree that you should play more; the results are lovely!


~Julie~

Susan said...

I'm so glad you decided to play! This is a lovely little piece, and it sounds like you had fun making it.

Mary said...

sooooo sweeet. i love it seester