My friend Judy Evans, surprised me yesterday with the cute table topper quilt! Thanks Jude! It looks great in my kitchen. The hand-dyed runner under it, was a gift from Anita Heady. I am blessed!
I got ambitious this morning, & started playing with scraps. I took a bunch of seemingly unrelated, & frankly ugly looking bits (when mixed together), & fused them all on to a sheet of Heavy Heat & Bond.
Once they were fused into one piece, & peeled them off from the paper backing & chopped them up with my wavy rotary cutter.
Next I cut 3 pieces of the stiff batting (Like Fast to Fuse, or whatever you use to make fabric bowls), & I laid them about a finger width apart, on the paper that I had peeled off of the Heat & Bonded fabric.
Next I layered on the bits of fabric & fused them to the batting.
After they were all fused on, I trimmed the edges back even with the batting (keeping the paper that I had built it on intact).
I layered some black pieces, some Angelina fibers, a metallic mesh, & a very dark green silk chiffon on top of the trimmed pieces.
Carefully pinning the edges of the top layers to the paper backing, I took the whole thing to the machine & stitched the edges, paper & all.
A little light quilting through it all, & ripping off the edges of the paper, this is what it looked like from the back side.
& front side.
I covered the gaps, between the pieces with a wire ribbon, & stitched the edges with a funky stitch.
I finished the top, & bottom edges with some piping, left over from another project.
Lined, & clear plastic to hold my passport & tickets,
A pretty yarn, & special lamp-work bead for the closure.
Ta-dah... I'm ready to travel.. next stop Edmonton! I'm going to get to babysit my grand girls soon, for a too short weekend!
I have to give credit to Sue Bleiweiss, & her Note-folio, for this is certainly where this idea germinated from!