Sewing My Life Together

A Creative, Calm Afternoon

Yellow, blue and red printed fabric quilted and beaded, over gold stretch mesh.

Yellow, blue and red printed fabric quilted and beaded, over gold stretch mesh.

 

 

Well, today  I spent a perfect day….I did a little Christmas shopping this morning, then lunch, then…sewing! All afternoon…well,  I did a little painting on fabric as well, but will concern myself with that at another time. (Oh, I did volunteer to shop with Daughter Number 2 but she turned me down in favor of her boyfriend. Smile)

 

I agreed to participate in my school’s Craft Fair on Friday, December 21, so I need products to display and sell. So from 1-6 today I sat comfortably at my little machine, put Netflix on my laptop, and created.  I was in the mood to ‘create’, not to follow a pattern, so I concentrated on cards and one landscape.  And five hours later, this is what I completed.

Cream card stock, quilted yellow pattern fabric, covered with green lace.

Cream card stock, quilted yellow pattern fabric, covered with green lace.

Light blue card stock, gold stretch ribbon, quilted yellow print fabric.

Light blue card stock, gold stretch ribbon, quilted yellow print fabric.

What I loved about today was that I could create a piece, complete it, and then move on to the next, different one. This is very satisfying work for me. Each one takes about 45 minutes. (NOTE: I also created a Chanukah card for a work colleague, but I already sealed it into its envelope). Too bad!

Cream card stock, yellow print fabric, green ribbon and light green leaves.

Cream card stock, yellow print fabric, green ribbon and light green leaves.

All right, so each of these is not really ‘art’, but once I am finished with one, I sit very still and look at it as if it IS a work of art….

Again, yellow print fabric, sewn onto card and then light and dark green leaves hand-sewn onto the yellow.

Again, yellow print fabric, sewn onto card and then light and dark green leaves hand-sewn onto the yellow.

I think the one above is my favorite. It’s actually a challenge to hand-sew the leaves on; they are slippery, and I have to search through my thread stash to find similar color thread. Then, I also have to have several needles threaded with several different colors…it would be more productive to thread several needles with the same thread, then make several of the same or similar cards (in what would be more of a production line) but I resist doing that. I’d get more work done faster, but it would not be nearly so satisfying.

Read and greens for Christmas...

Read and greens for Christmas…

 

And since this is a Christmas-time craft fair, I’ll need some holiday cards.

Finally, I sorted through my batiks to make a landscape and once I completed it, framed it. These are small (4 x 6 inches) and each is hand-sewn, so the mixing and matching of colors is time-consuming (But oh so satisfying!) as well as the actual stitching. You’ll notice I also sewed a ribbon of leaves into this landscape; I like this personalization.

 

Greens, browns, yellows and hand-stitched leaves....quilted clouds!

Greens, browns, yellows and hand-stitched leaves….quilted clouds!

 

 

So, now it is 7 PM and time to iron…or maybe another card? Another landscape? Something totally different?

 

I don’t want to stop but I do have to get ready for the work week.

 

 

 

 

 

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This entry was published on December 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm and is filed under Cards, Crafts, Fabric Landscapes. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “A Creative, Calm Afternoon

  1. I love the variety of pieces you made. And, yes, it is art, all of it!!

  2. These are really wonderful! They do look like fun and they are pieces of art. I, too, put Netflix on in the background while I sew.

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