I spent today at the sewing machine, finishing the nature study spread for my Victorian quilt book. I wanted it to be more rustic to fit the outdoor theme.
I began by stamping a piece of linen with a leaf design. The bird is a gel medium transfer. He's mounted to another gel medium transfer of antique field notes. The bees were printed onto a transparency and then attached to a coffee-stained tag. The ferns and the dragonfly are also transparencies. The nest sticker is by Cavalini.
The large floral print is from the book Florals and Nature by Sterling Publishing. There's a whole series of these books called Memories of a Lifetime. They are very reasonably priced, and each comes with a CD of all of the images.
This spread is from an ongoing project. I'm taking a quilt book workshop from a wonderful and accomplished artist, Lenna Young Andrews. If you would like to see the rest of the book, you can find the photos on my Flicker site, or in recent posts here at Comfort Cottage.
The last thing I wanted to share with you is an art quilt that I did using the fabric from a vintage dress as a background. I hand embroidered the edge and crocheted the flower. The antique photo was printed onto a transparency. The illustration is from an antique children's reader. I scanned it, colored it with crayons, and heat set it. I love old children's books. They represent a carefree innocence to me.
I'm not sure how it is where you are, but Spring finally arrived here in Pennsylvania-at least for a day! I opened the windows and actually breathed fresh air. It's amazing what a little nice weather does for your disposition.
Well, that's all for now. Please pray for the citizens of Japan.
Until next time,