January 25, 2010

ONE WORLD ONE HEART Giveaway Event


Welcome to the 4th annual
"One World One Heart"
event!



Thank you so much for stopping your magic carpet at my place! I hope you had an exciting ride so far and have seen a lot of beautiful spots yet!

I decided to make a fabric collage as my giveaway for you. Not so long ago I couldn't have imagined to make such kind of a collage with uneven and frayed edges. I had been a traditional quilter for many years, always doing my best to sew straight lines and match points. When I didn't meet my demands, the seam ripper got some work to do. About two years ago I got hold of an issue of "Somerset Studio" and had been fascinated by mixed media and altered arts immediately. All of a sudden I was drawn to artwork that was so different from what I had adored for years. I started loving uneven shapes, frayed edges, stained fabrics etc. Now, don't get me wrong! I still love a neat traditional quilt but I do love the other kind also. Sewing my first intentionally uneven seam had been quite a challenge for me. It felt pretty weird. In the meanwhile I got used to it but I can still sew neat also :-). You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.





If you like to win this collage, please leave a comment until February 14th (midnight, German time). This drawing is open to all bloggers around the world. I will draw and announce the winner on February 15th. Just make sure there is a way I can reach you if you win.

I would like to thank Lisa for creating and hosting this wonderful event!

Good luck and have a great ride on the magic carpet to your next stopover!

Hugs,
Julia

January 15, 2010

A Little Sewing Studio

It must be for about 10 years now that my dear friend Liz and I know each other. We first met at a regional quilter's gathering of a German online quilt group. Liz showed me a crab she had hand appliquéd. I was totally stunned by her gorgeous work. You wouldn't believe how tiny the crab legs were. Some weeks later Liz taught me how to appliqué and we are best friends ever since. She is the queen of appliqué and makes the most beautiful quilts. For the last two years I haven't done much quilting but a lot of mixed media and altered art projects. One of those had been a box, decorated with all kinds of sewing items. Liz had liked that box and I thought I would make something similar for her. So for Christmas I gave her this little sewing studio. Since she too loves pink I could do it in my favorite color:


In a miniature dollhouse shop I bought some small baskets, a sewing machine, scissors, a glass vase and a dress form because those were things I couldn't make myself. The base of the dress form had been a little bit too wide and so I replaced it by a thread spool.

The shelf had originally been a small shadow box itself. It had the perfect size, I just had to get rid of the roof and the molding, turn it and paint it white.

 


I had some tiny spools and thought it would be nice to have a spool holder. So I made one from a round wood chip, a little wooden stick, a bead and some toothpicks:



For this tiny pincusion I used a button as a base and I also made that little quilt journal:



Every quilter has at least one scrap basket, so here we go:

 



Liz also likes to embroider and therefore I filled a basket with floss bobbins. It had been quite a challenge to cut those tiny cardboard bobbins (1/4" width) and wind the floss around.



I added bolts and piles of fabric as well as ribbons and laces.



Liz had let me borrow this picture with a Cent she had taken to show the dimensions of the notions.



I had a lot of fun working on that sewing studio for Liz and I'm so glad that she loves it.

Have a great Friday and stay warm, dear friends!

Hugs,
Julia

January 01, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR and some Freebies


Hopefully you all had a wonderful Christmas and a pleasant start into 2010! For the New Year I wish you health, creativity and a lot of happy moments!

I thought I start the year off with some freebies for you to use in your artwork (click on the pictures to enlarge):












Hugs,
Julia