A while back I was contacted by a company called Daily Window. They make several varieties of purses, tote bags and other accessories all with a clear pocket in which to put a decorative card. They asked me to make a few cards for some of their bags for their online gallery. I've finally had a little time work on one and gather the supplies for another, so here it is, with the bag:
I've made this card the same way I'd make a fiber art postcard, but larger. The postcards measure 4"x6" and these cards measure 5 3/8"x7 3/4". This card is similar to some I made a while back, and since I really loved the result and had the supplies still grouped together, it was easy to make another one.
To make this one, I fused silk flowers to the base fabric. This fabric was left over from the yellow quilt. I'm not a big fan of yellow, but for some reason this fabric really speaks to me. I also love the fact that there are words on it.
I then took a Fabricmate pen in the color purple and went over a few random words from the background fabric.
After that was done, the fabric was placed on a piece of stiff Pellon (Decorbond, I think) and then quilted with wavy lines in six different colors. I love colored threads and sparkly ones, too, so it is hard for me not to use them!
To enhance the centers of the flowers, I did a little free motion stitching or thread painting using a purple Sulky Holoshimmer thread. To do this, I dropped the feed dogs of my sewing machine and attached a darning foot. The fabric is then free to be guided in whatever direction it needs to go for the stitching.
I couldn't send something away with beads, so out of the bead and sequin collection came matching beads for the flower centers, some little butterfly beads just for fun, and beads for the wavy lines.
After attaching a coordinating fabric back, I used my serger threaded with matching thread to finish all the edges. I didn't want a distinct border on this - I wanted the focus to be in the center, so I used a matching yellow.
I have one more insert to make for another bag, but tonight I hope to get my muslin cut out for my coat!
Parting Shot: New Glasses! It took us a long time to pick these out and a long time to get them, but they are a vast improvement on the old ones, plus she can actually see with her new prescription.