Monday, 8 June 2009

Lucky Me!

I asked my friend Doreen in Australia if she would make me a 5" Quiltie and I would make her a 6" Butterfly page for her Book. She agreed, and the postman delivered this sweet little girl this morning. Isn't she gorgeous?! Doreen tells me most of the laces are antique, and she dyed the soft brown one in the middle herself. The colours melt so well together the whole piece makes my mouth water!

I doodled a bit in my sketchbook on some purple pages while creating a design for Doreen, so a purple hand dyed piece of fabric was an obvious choice when it came to stitching it. Doreen was delighted I am pleased to say, but I know who I reckon got the best deal!

Doreen also sent me a 5" piece of her Killed Catalogue she did with Maggie Grey, and an ATC. It was great to get touchy feely with it, as it is quite textured but also has an overall smooth surface. Amazing..... Gorgeous colours

This little 5" Quiltie was made for me by Chris in New Zealand as the May swap for Unlimited Textiles. Chris says she was inspired by the Elizabethan costumes she sees on TV. She certainly has captured the feeling with the beautiful textures, colours and beading. Thanks again Chris - I love it.

This postcard I made for the May swap on Calendar Girls, using the inspiration of a Monet painting. My interpretation used a hand dyed piece of fabric, free machine stitching and some paint to highlight a few details. It is now with Carol in Wales.

These gorgeous postcards were made by Lynda (Purplemisses) using the same inspiration. Lynda sent me three actually, but I gifted one to Doreen. She says she laser printed lutradur primed with fluid matt medium then thermofax screen printed (the rose) using iridescent bronze fluid acrylic mixed with gold metallic paint! Lucky me!
You can see the other cards the ladies have made using Monet's inspiration is you click on the Calendar Girls Logo on the right hand side of the page. You can then also visit their blogs.


Heather said...

What luscious things you have posted Val. I think it was a fair swap - yes, Doreen's little girl trimmed with antique lace is exquisite, but so is your piece with those lovely butterflies. I love the quiltie and your Monet inspired postcard is gorgeous. I'm running out of adjectives for all the wonderful things you have shared with us.

dot said...

Didn't you do well!! But then so did the recipients of the beautiful pieces you made.

Doreen G said...

I dissagree Val because I think I am the winner.

Sandy said...

Those are wonderful pieces you and Doreen traded as are the other ones.

maggi said...

Wonderful pieces. You look to be having fun with your swaps.

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