This year Anson and I wanted to do something a little different than previous years. Just to give you an idea of a few of the steps-
We started off with watercolor paper and used Distress Spray Inks to created the magical background. We masked off the moon and then stamped the haunted house and raven. From there we stenciled on the skull and crossbones so that they were barely apparent.
The highlight of the card was the very intricate gate which was cut out with a dye stamp and then embossed it with gold and patina embossing powder.
I belong to this tag swap group that is obsessed with Catherine Moore’s Character Construction rubber stamps. Each year she creates a series of stamps, ranging from 6 – 24 sets that can have from 1 – 8 images per set. There is a theme each year. Some examples are: Circus, Timekeeper’s Garden, Paris, Beekeeper’s Tea, Bird & Bee Paperie, etc.
Each month our group decides on a theme that typically relates to the holiday for the month (if there is going to be one). We create 5 tags, keeping one for ourself and sending the other four to Cathy, our group coordinator. She in turn sends us back four tags from different people from all parts of the US, Canada and Europe. So much fun!
For Halloween the theme was “Witches, Witches, Witches” and you can imagine the end result.
Earlier this summer I took a class at Sewing Arts Center in Santa Monica with Susanne Cole. It was a variation of the Disappearing Four Patch. The class was a lot of fun and in the end I used over 90 different fabrics for this quilt, with each square having four different colors and they were not repeated in other blocks.
As you can see, Lucy claimed this quilt earlier on in the process. While I was sewing the binding by hand she was laying on the quilt and each time I moved the quilt she would get right back on it. For those of you that have four legged kids- you know that they always get their way!
I was very happy with how the quilt turned out. The white background help to give the eyes a bit of a rest from all of the colors that were used.
Aboriginal fabrics are designed by a group of native Australians known as Aboriginals. They have been designing these patterns and fabrics for generation after generation and there is so much symbolism with each design.
They have an extremely limited distribution in the US.
“Australian Aboriginal Designs arise from a heritage that goes back thousands of years. Aboriginal “Dreaming Stories” are passed on from generation to generation and explain life and are central to their culture and relationship to the natural world. Aboriginal art illustrates their “Dreaming Stories” with a series of symbolic motifs. Each design has a story and historical significance. The abstract dot and circle designs, based on these stories, have become a trademark of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement,” HeartSong Quilts.
Here is some of the symbolism that has been used over the centuries:
This is the quilt that I made for James for Christmas 2016- shhh, don’t tell him!
The Dear Stella!, “On My Way” fabrics were perfect for this quilt, featuring different modes of transportation: planes, cars, taxis, boats and his favorite- trains! The backing of the quilt was this very comforting cloud print.
I find that binding the quilt by hand is very soothing and gives me great satisfaction that the recipient will hopefully understand the difference- maybe not at 3 years old, but some day.
This was my first time tackling a wave quilt and making it flat in the end- as opposed to a curved mess!