Quilt authorities tell us to to save all our practice pieces for reference, but if I did this, my sewing room would be knee-deep in snowdrifts. Most of my pieces are white, the color of basic muslin, because, of course I don't want to practice on the expensive stuff. They usually look like this:
But as I went through my folder, I found several pieces in which I'd used better fabric. For example, there was this long-forgotten slab...
...and this ancient Jan Mullen fabric, consisting of pink hairy dots, which I'd quilted with holographic thread:
(They work as coasters, too.) I cut up the polka-dot piece, zigzagged the edges, and turned it into a pocket for a denim zippered case for my DH's tablet. (The denim is from old jeans.)
|Don't look at the corners. To paraphrase Dr, McCoy, "I'm a quilter, Jim, not a zippered-case maker!" The pink flap is ultra-suede, so no need to stitch a buttonhole - just cut a slit.|
I started with a large sandwich, about 6.5" wide and 16.5" long, with a solid blue on one side, light pink on the reverse. I went to town with the stitching.
I also made some seperate postcards in a variety of colors. Before stitching, I cut them a tiny bit larger than 4"x 6", to compensate for shrinkage.
Horrific tension? You could call it that, but I prefer to call it conceptual art!
(The concept is: horrific tension.)
Next: Embellishment. I pulled out my mother-of-pearl buttons; my new Jane Austen book fabric (from a line called Ardently Austen, bought from Hawthorne Threads, no affiliation)...
...metal keys from ebay that my friend Kay Mackenzie - the awesome queen of appliqué - had gifted me:
I also pulled out my stash of scraps with fusible applied to the back.
Two friends came over and we went to town! Teresa made these. Note the teeny tiny buttons and the sparkly line of bugle beads...
Here's her second....
I happened to have a pile of white felt cupids (doesn't everyone?). Plus black ribbon with white words, from the scrapbooking store. Marian used them here:
I made the next two:
I love a messy outer edge! I just do. (Perhaps because I cannot do it neatly.)
Along with fiber art postcards, these backgrounds can be used for Artist Trading Cards, Inchies, Twinchies, cuffs, and beyond! Collaging is so much fun. The only problem is that if you overdo it, the brilliant background does get covered up a bit too much. Restrain yourself more than we did.
So dig up your quilting practice pieces and cut them into rectangles, squares or other shapes! This may also be an incentive for you to use the good stuff when you're practicing freemotion quilting.