Saturday, 20 June 2009

Getting back to normal

First let me thank all my kind cyber friends who have sent their condolences on the loss of Jan, they have been a great help during this sad time. Thank you everyone. The funeral is on Monday and we'll meet up with the rest of the family then. Why is it you only meet at weddings, funerals and christenings, we always say "we'll have to get together sometime" then go off and do our own thing. I'm sure we will all feel better once Monday has passed.

I have done some sewing, not much I'll agree but the hand sewing of my cards for the June 'patchwork' swap was very calming. I chose a variation of Cathedral Window for my card and I think I'm going to make a smaller version in Christmas fabrics to hang on the tree. Anyone done this?

This is Jennifer's June patchwork card, I love these colours.

Cindy is a quilter and her card shows her skill at getting points to meet.

Brigitte too is a skilled quilter and her windmill patchwork block is as usual beautifully made. She said her machine has been ill so Brigitte I do hope it is better by now.

I joined the Flower Page swap on MixedMedia_ATC group and the two pages below are my June pages which by now should be with their respective new owners. I hope they like them.

The background is painted lutradur on which I sewed paper lace then used the backing of the lace as a stencil. The central 'flower' is several layers of sheers which I then burned back using a flower stencil. Small lace flowers were the last pieces to go on.

The next two flower pages are the onces I received in the swap.

This one from Paula Watkins. I think she has bonded dried flowers and silk rovings between a cotton bottom sheet and a top sheer.

The second page is from Pat Heeth and Pat has made folded patchwork flowers with buttons for the centres. Leaves and a lace border complete the card.

These are two very different pages, I really enjoy how different we all think when given the same theme to play with.
I received my jigsaw puzzle pieces from the swap Pat Winters had organised a few weeks back. I think I must have done the wrong technique as these are all crazy patchwork pieces and mine were made from fabric paper. These pieces are all similar yet different. My follow conspirators in this swap where Ira Rosenstein (blue top left), Janine Franc (green top right), Arlene White (yellow bottom left) and Jennifer Wilson-Parks (blue bottom right).
I received this really great Mailer Journal from Tracy Borders. Tracy has been really creative with the cover and I haven't photographed the inside but the pages are all blue speckles. Thank you Tracy.

Buster is making himself at home and knows he's top dog. He need to put on some weight and I'm sure with the amount he eats he will soon. He's begging to go for a walk, so is Keith so I'll close now and hopefully it won't be so long to my next blog.


Julie said...

Lots of lovliness in this post Annette. Your flower pages are lovely too and look like lots of work has benn put into them. I have one of Pat's from a previous month's swap. I do hope Monday brings you some closure and comfort. Take care.

Threadhead said...

Hi Annette,
cathedral windows is my passion..that's how I sort of got here as fas as quilting goes...
I am not usre what variation you did, looks like a regular cathedral windows to me?