a Thank You Note
I usually start a project, large or small, with either a finished visual idea in my noggin or I start with just a beginning idea. But never with anything set in stone, because I just never know how it will progress from my original idea. Such was this project.
I received this thank you note from Caroll, West Michigan Quilter , after sending her a fabric postcard.
Blossoms and Buds by Cheri Blum
I think it's a pretty still life picture. I copied this card to fabric at a postcard size.
I had some flowers of my own to put into the bottles, then I highlighted the flower centers, the stems and glass jars with thread.
The flowers are from Lisa's Altered Art
While I stitched away on this postcard, I contemplated whether I would send this altered Cheri Blum back to Caroll or make it a new offering to my followers. I don't know why, but when I finished stitching, this little piece of altered art didn't have a postcard personality. It took on a doorknob quilt personality.
What I learned while playing with this piece... those printed flower inchies from Lisa's Altered Art didn't come out quite as bright as I would like them to have, so I wondered "what would happen if" I colored them a bit with my Prismacolor colored pencils.
It did the trick, brightened them right up. These pencils colored on the Magic Fabric so nicely.
I'm sure these pencils will not be washable. If I wash this little quilt and if the pencil washes out, I don't really care. I can color them again or not.
I think this little quilt has an old antiquish look with modern flowers bringing it into the twenty-first century rather than out to the yard sale table. I like it.
I love how these little doorknob quilts can add a bit of life to an ordinary setting.
Keep an eye out for inspiration...