Saturday, 25 May 2013

New to Me in May

I'm linking up today with Fiona at Celtic Thistle, for New to Me in 2013.

This month, I've been making Artist Trading Cards for the Textile ATC swap organised by Ali at Very Berry Handmade.  I have to admit that until I saw the one that Ali had made, I didn't really see the appeal of ATCs, but the challenge of making something so tiny (at 2.5 x 3.5 inches) is such an interesting one, and possibly I'm slightly addicted. It's the kind of project which keeps you lying in bed at night plotting.

It's a fun way of trying out new techniques on a small scale too.  I posted this one earlier this week, which was made using a mixture of piecing, and reverse applique.


Then I made this one, which uses curved piecing on a really small scale, together with some machine and hand embroidery.



Then last night, inspired by all the Union Jack quilts popping up, I made this Liberty one just to see if it was possible.  It's also by way of a tribute to our swap Leader!


I wondered if I might be able to foundation piece it, but chickened out and went for applique in the end.  I sewed it together using Bondaweb as a foundation though, which meant that when I sewed the backing on face to face and turned it right side out I could iron it to affix it to the backing fabric for a bit of rigidity. I think it would look better pieced so will have to pluck up courage.

Thanks to Fiona for spurring me on to try something new! In the bloggy world of quilts where I lurk it's fun to see what new things other people have been getting up to too.


16 comments:

  1. They are amazing Catherine, I admire your patience and your skill to tackle such tiny projects!

    Thanks for linking up to New to Me too.

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  2. These are amazing Catherine - especially so when you consider the scale. I think you should make and sell these once the swap is done :)

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  3. They're lovely, I particularly like the first one–think it's because it reminds me of a stamp. You're right about small projects being a great way to try out new techniques too.

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  4. Each one is better than the one before! They are just fab :)

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  5. oooh exciting! These are fab and Liberty love - I totally get that! Love the rounded corners! And the Bondaweb idea - might have to copy that!

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  6. Dropping by from 'New To Me' on this occasion Catherine and these are just delightful, my favourite being the first one. I love all that work on such a small area :)

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  7. They are fab, love that Union Jack!

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  8. WOW!These are fantastic, good on you for trying something new! I love them, and might even try making some myself.....maybe we could swap!

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  9. I love your ATC's. I had a wee dabble in the ATC world once but the other ladies were all paper crafters and it kinda put me off. I might have another go in a more familiar medium. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Catherine - These are darn cute and remind me of the mini magnets we made last year in the Zakka Sew Along. i love that open weave fabric in the first one - where does one purchase that?

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  11. These are so so cute - amazing work :-)

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  12. Your Artist Trading cards turned out so pretty! I really like the feather one.

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  13. They're so cool! I love the leaf! The smallest union jack I pieced was mug rug sized... :D

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  14. They are amazing - I've been watching that swap (being unable to take part because I'm too busy) as it looks really fun. I'm sure whoever gets yours will be very pleased.

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  15. Wow! I jut happened on this blog page, but I had already picked out these as several of my favorites on the ATC flickr group. SO lovely!

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