February 2014

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

The always creative group over at DoWhatYouLoveForLife.com are hosting another Stitched Postcard Swap. Hundreds of people from all over the world join to swap a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching, and it needs to fit with that quarter’s swap theme.

The theme this time is “CREATE.” You can use any materials you like (paper, ink, fabric, ephemera, ribbon etc), and put it together to make a postcard. You can include “stitches” with a machine or by hand, and you can either send your postcard as it is, or pop it in an envelope to protect it. In celebration of their brand new online course “Paper Love,” they are also challenging you to do something innovative with paper within your postcard design. This is your chance to be creative, and share that love of creativity with someone somewhere else in the world. It is free to participate. Sign up to be matched with a swap partner here, before February 25th. There is a very nice prize worth $500 for the winning design, sponsored by Anchor (embroidery thread).

I first participated in one of these swaps about four years ago when a virtual quilting bee group I was in decided that we would do a postcard swap. It turned out to be a creative, fast, fun project. This is the postcard I received from my swap partner, Deanna Gipson. DeannaPostcard Do What You Love’s last swap had the theme “Celebrate.” This was the winning postcard, created by Ashley Lotecki of Canada.

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“Celebrate” postcard by Ashley Lotecki, Canada

These cards are from Swap number five, with the theme “Discover.”

Brenda Anderson (USA)

Brenda Anderson (USA)

 

Kirsty Rankin (UK)

Kirsty Rankin (UK)

As you can see, there is a lot of creativity that goes in to making these fun postcard-size works of art. So join the fun and sign up to make a 4 inch by 6 inch artful postcard to send to a new friend somewhere else in the world. The best part is waiting to see what appears in your mailbox in return!

Until next time,

Joan

Treasure Box

Christine

In the Quilt Around the World Bee, Christine asked us to make her a geometric block, using bright geometric prints on a black or dark grey background. This is the block I have made for her. The pattern is called Treasure Box. It requires “Y” seams, but went together fairly easily. This block would make a terrific color block quilt.

Now I’m off to work on a quilt in the Friends with Additions group. I am excited to work on it. Unfortunately, I can’t post a photo of it because we are only sharing sneak-peeks in our Flickr group. There are 14 of us in the group from the U.S., Australia, Canada, England, German and Switzerland. We met while participating in other round robin bees. Each person sent out a starter block. Each person in the group will make an addition to the quilt and then send it on to the next person in the group. By this time next year we should all be receiving a completed quilt top. Time to get back to work.

Until next time,

Joan

Get Inspired with Geometric Coloring Pages

Quilters look for inspiration in many places, and playing with geometric coloring pages can be an unexpected source of ideas. Coloring the designs on coloring pages can also be a way to relax, relieve stress, and feed our creativity. Quilt blocks are a collection of geometric shapes. Sitting with colored pencils and playing with color placement can frequently produce a unique design idea, or a clever new quilting design. Feed your “inner kid” by visiting the sources listed below to find interesting coloring pages that can be translated to quilt design. An Adobe Reader is required to print most of these PDF art pages.

Quilt.com offers an extensive collection of coloring pages based on specific quilt blocks. When printed, the coloring page contains one individual block, and a quilt made of several rows of that block. Coloring one of these pages demonstrates how important color placement can be, particularly with the more complex quilt blocks. Sharpen your colored pencils and prepare to have some fun.

Illustrator Carlton Hibbert shares a collection of artistic patterns that you can download, print, and color. A number of artists and illustrators have contributed to the collection, and all patterns are licensed under Creative Commons, which means you can use them freely for non-commercial projects. There is a link on the blog page to a Flickr group for those who wish to share their favorite work from this site.

If you love mandalas, Geometry Coloring Pages is for you. You are invited to meditate, contemplate and create. Some of the designs would be beautiful continuous-line quilting designs. A design could be projected onto a wall and traced onto paper for a beautiful appliqued quilt.

Confirming that coloring is not just for kids, Color Pages for Mom offers a wide variety of coloring pages designed for moms. For homeschoolers, the site also offers educational printables for children. There are 11 pages of interesting geometric designs for coloring, and the Asian, Flowers and Vases/Pottery pages also offer designs that could be translated into applique or embroidery designs.

Coloring pages are arranged by theme on Daily Coloring Pages. The stained glass flower drawings would translate beautifully to an appliqued quilt design. Many of the holiday-themed pages could be easily translated into embroidery designs.

These sites are just a few of the scores of websites offering free printable coloring pages that can be used for inspiration for a new quilting project, or to use to simply relax and express your creativity in a different way. These coloring pages can also be colored on your computer, using Gimp, Photoshop, or the photo-editing site Pixlr. Use a fill, gradient or paintbrush tool for coloring.

Until next time,

Joan