Other than pages from one journal, I haven't shown a crafting update on my blog this year....and I have been crafting. I craft in some way or other every day. Sometimes just a bit of knitting or stitching or doodling, but I have my Ikea crafting cart on wheels next to the couch, so I always have something at hand to work on. (and my living room always looks like a craft room).
This mini quilt is a patchwork of tiny pieces of feedsack layered on the back of a piece cut from a hand quilted vintage quilt.
Except for the beaded purse in the first picture, everything I'm showing has part of an old tattered turkey red and white quilt in it. I bought the quilt at an estate sale a couple of years ago and it's made a great backing for small projects.
More of the same, but in a different color palette.
This ticking apron with a denim pocket was at an estate sale, just begging to be embellished. I used some more of the vintage quilt, a piece cut from some Tim Holtz fabric and lace to pretty it up.
I love finding something already made that speaks to me just asking to be stitched, sewn or decorated into something just a little more special.
I've talked before about "saving old quilts" especially crazy quilts with velvets. It can be hard to take apart the old quilts, lots of seam ripping and snipping with little scissors, lots of thread and tiny fabric fuzz covering me and the floor; but it's rewarding when you can free a beautiful piece of old velvet from its bad rundown neighbors (shredded silk).
These are pieces I've "relocated". I haven't decided on how to make them into a finished piece, so I'll just play and stitch until I get an idea.
That's how a lot of my craft projects start (and end). I play with materials I enjoy, and sometimes I get a finished project, and sometimes I get crap- but I try and remember it's all about the process.