Sunday, 6 October 2013

Patchwork

Hi everybody!
Over at So Artful challenge the theme this month is 'patchwork quilt'. This made me think of the lovely scraps that Donna sent me from Mexico some time back. As it is October, I sorted out scraps suitable for the 'Day of the Dead', and made them into a journal cover, which should keep my journal nice and warm this winter.... I used some iron-on vlies to fix them to a sheet of cardboard, and then sewed them, more or less, with the machine. I needed more time to thread the needle than to sew it, I cannot see where to put the thread, but I got it done in the end! The stitches do not look even, but I have learnt to accept my limitations when sewing, and am calling it 'Witch stitch'! When it was done, I went round the edge with another line of stitching, and fixed it to a plain journal cover with DS tape. The witchy accessories have been cut from fun-foam using a Sizzix die.
I love the bright colours of the Mexican cloth, and how those skellies seem to be having a fun time.




Somebody dropped in to have a look:



I think she's glad to have company!


I am also linking to: Crafty Calendar Challenge, Halloween
and  Crazy 4Challenges, Halloween

That's all for today, have a good one, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

29 comments:

  1. Oooooh, I love this! Really bright and beautiful, I think you had fun! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. I love this "patchwork quilt", I wondered what you might do. These skellies are really rocking, and I especially like your "witch stitch", I'll add that to my stitch library. Is that a metal hand I see in front of me? Fabulous entry for Soartful, Valerie, your visiting witch obviously thinks so too.

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  3. Amazing!
    I love wonky stitches, in fact I prefer them to neat and tidy straight stitches as they bring more character to a project (that's what I tell myself anyway!!!).
    This is bursting with interest.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Well, if wonky stitches bring character, I will never worry again! They seem to fit to my rather wonky character, anyway!

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  4. You are so good at the Halloween themes, I like the pop of colour with the black.

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  5. wonderful colourful cover Valerie............I also only do wonky stitches, but there again it gives some character don't you think, Annette x

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    1. We will stick to that excuse with dignity!

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  6. Das ist ja eine abgefahrene Idee, Valerie. Es sieht wirklich klasse aus und deine "wackeligen" Stiche sind für mich der Clou! Alles andere würde doch gar nicht zum Thema passen, meinst du nicht?

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  7. das ist mal wieder GENIAL Valerie! Hammer!

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  8. WOW!!!Beautiful!!!Love your colors!!!!

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  9. This is fun, love all the beautiful scraps put together so pleasingly. Great job, love the witch too. ~Diane

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  10. This is outstanding! Perfect for our Soartful Challenge. I love the riot of colour and so much for the eye to enjoy!! Bravo!

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  11. This is awesome what a great take on patchwork...and a really darling Halloween journal cover.

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  12. Fabulous Halloween quilt art! Just amazing--the bold colors and fun elements are wonderful.

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  13. Best journal cover ever! I've also have been learning that lesson of not expecting perfection in everything I do...just most things!

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  14. Well done Valerie! Those fabrics are fab. Xx

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  15. Wow, fabulous cover and fun, those witches and skeletons look like they are having a great time. I agree about 'wonky' it is much better than ordered and pristine.
    Yvonne x

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  16. Boah - das ist ja wieder der Hammer!!!!!!

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  17. Your witch stitch is most appropriate and your images are so lively and happy and vivid...and a little bit scary;)

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  18. What a "ghoul" book!! Lots of fun and love the stitching too. x

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  19. That looks like a fun book. Love the halloween theme!
    xx Monique

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  20. This looks great my friend. The witch gave me a smile as well..

    Hugs~

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  21. WOW!!!Das ist ja suuper genial, bin begeistert!!!

    GLG Jeannette

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  22. What a great spooky creation.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge and good luck.

    Jo :)

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  23. Oh, it's beautiful! So colorful, whimsical and bright. And I love that you went for the stitching. I have my mom' s hand me down machine, and I have STILL yet to use it. Hmmm, you've got me inspired, xoxo

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  24. What a beauty the cover of your journal is. Witch stitch - now aren't you clever. Had to laugh at the witch who just happened to drop in - does she fly around your kitchen? That skeleton hand is a hoot!
    Sandy

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    1. That witch likes to hang about in my kitchen, yes. At the moment she's sitiing ona pumpkin, having fun!

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