what if? #2

Using yet another ‘fail’ piece of fabric painting, I placed the cut-out words from what if! #1 underneath and rubbed oil pastels and water soluble wax pastels over them before free machine stitching and couching too. I then roughly cut the piece into strips, and then small squares.

 

This simple six rows of five squares layout used all the squares and that was how I left it overnight.

 

This morning it seemed too safe and boring but more essentially, a pointless exercise if the text couldn’t be read. I also realised that I didn’t need to use all the squares so I selected the text squares, divided some other squares further and settled on this:

It reminds me of graffiti and I like that there are little pieces missing from the text. I also like how I succeeded in turning a fail piece into something I’d be happy to see on my wall.

The painted fabric is blackout curtain lining which doesn’t fray, accepts paint well and stitches through easily. The dark background is cotton sheeting and an additional layer of re-cycled white sheeting was stitched behind that.

stitchy challenge

Decided to do a little Photoshopping to bring up the colour on the C&D challenge but I’m not sure it worked that well! Time to read instruction manuals again.

Layers of various fabrics free-motion embroidered and the desert and sand dunes colour-enhanced with oil pastels. The camel was machine embroidered and then hand-appliquéd.

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May flowers

We’re only four days into May and I’ve already completed the sewing challenge for the month – twice! When I spoke to big sis earlier this afternoon, she admitted that she had also already completed two pieces!

I coloured the background fabric and the daisies with oil pastels before machine stitching the daisies but I can’t decide whether to quilt around the daisies or not – whatdya all think?

daisies

 

Yellow buttercups were the basis for the second piece on silk tinted with water soluble wax pastels.  The fabric around the flowers was puckered after machining them so I bit the bullet and quilted the whole thing but I think it’s ok.

yellow flowers