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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Don't throw that out, I can use that!!! on: April 26, 2017 07:14:34 AM
I exhibited some of them a couple of years ago at a local artist run gallery. The pockets were filled with odd items and instructions were posted for gallery goers to look through them, take something and leave something from their own pockets behind. They hung for 4 weeks total and it was only in the last week that a group of students really had at it with the rifling through. There were little note books and pens as well, lots of comments collected but people were generally hesitant to interact with art in a gallery even when invited to do so.
I wanted to see about breaking that paradigm of static viewing and create a participatory experience, even so it was interesting to observe how reluctant many people were to touch the art work!

How fun to have had your pocket art quilt exhibited!  Cheesy I really love your idea!
Mhm, I think adults limit themselves, they feel shy and odd to touch it. Kids are so much more open minded and it is their nature to touch things. It would be a whole different experience, I'm sure! I tried to exchange things with my collegues ( I work at a primary school). I started with a lot of different African flowers I crocheted and invited them to take one and to leave something else behind. Only a few collegues did that. I had written a note that it could be anything, added some other handmade things but it made no difference. One collegue had taken an African flower and when one of her kids saw that, she wanted one too. It was fun, because about 5 kids handmade something in exchange for an African flower. I loved that!

Some time ago in a prayer flag swap, we made a flag for our partner and for ourself. We both were in that swap. I made a pocket and added a note with 'little things to enjoy' written on it. My mini-version of your pocket art!  Wink

42  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Chickens, chickens, chickens mini art quilt on: April 26, 2017 03:21:09 AM
I joined the MAQ swap and made my lovely partner a chickens art quilt.  Smiley

I paperpieced the chickens. When I finished them, I played around with the design. I like two chick facing and two with their tooshie together  Wink

Then I wasn't satisfied with it because it looked like they're stacked upon eachother.
After adding some burlap I thought it looks more like their on their nest.

I didn't have enough grasgreen to add to the sides, so I added some fabric with yellow (like hay and their nest) at the bottom and greens and browns in the middle and top, like grass and trees.

The wings of the chickens have some batting with zigzag stitches, to make it look like feathers.
The chickens have also extra batting, so they pop out. I like the effect!

There's not much quilting done after this, it would undo my extra batting of the chickens. But because the chickens are paperpieced, I think it really looks quilted enough.
Added some seed beads as eyes and that's it. Oh my label on the backside of course  Cheesy

I had lots of fun creating this quilt. It was challenging and I liked it a lot!  Cheesy
Here you can see one of the failures haha:

The first chicken I made was a failure. I didn't use it, because the fabric didn't work for this pattern. Too much pattern going on, it makes it hard to see it is a chicken. I will probably make a pot holder out of this.  Wink

43  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The illusive jackelope in it's natural environment, interactive mini art quilt on: April 26, 2017 02:14:48 AM
I have a book about quilting and she says all it is are a minimum of 3 layers and stitched through all those layers. I will have a look which book it is, I love it, it is very inspiring. She has examples of jeans-cards, which I love. Makes me think of you, craftylittlemonkey.  Smiley

I really love this MAQ a lot! It is very artsy and different. I love landscapes and you executed that perfectly. Yours is very inspiring!

The jackelope is such a fun idea and it adds interest to the quilt.

Again, hitting this rocks!  Cheesy
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Don't throw that out, I can use that!!! on: April 26, 2017 02:03:49 AM
I have had an idea of using the pockets in my stash and you took it to another level!

Love it! Thanks for inspiring me to make my own pocket quilt  Cheesy

I hit this rocks, you sewed a lot of pockets lady!  Smiley
45  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: April 25, 2017 11:16:19 PM
Yay! I'm so happy you like it!  Cheesy
I'm fairly new to paperpiecing but got so addicted to it, I had to try it. My first chicken didn't work out well, because of my use of fabric.
I had lots of fun sewing and creating.  Cheesy

What a fun swap this is  Smiley
46  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: step by step guide to setting up a swap on: April 25, 2017 12:44:12 PM
I promise I will try my hand at organizing sometime soon, I've only ever provided back-up before and even that was a challenge! But I learn so much here (like how to make links in posts and fix stretched out sideways photos and all manner of cleverness) and it's good to push your techy boundaries so you stay relevant and your kids don't make too much fun of you, ha ha.

Haha LOL!  Cheesy

It really is fun and less complicated than it might sound.  Cheesy

I'd join you  Grin
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: April 25, 2017 09:35:44 AM
The scenery is beautiful! I have much to learn when I see that  Shocked

And a jackelope that you can move around is just brilliant!

The two of you were partnered perfectly!  Cheesy
48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: April 24, 2017 02:19:23 PM
Oh that is fun and wonderfully made! A Picasso, first thought that came to mind. Lovely!  Smiley
49  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts 4/24) on: April 24, 2017 02:14:53 PM
Yay! I made it to the po and the MAQ should arrive tomorrow  Smiley

Now I'm off to look if there is something in the gallery yet. So curious!  Roll Eyes
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Common Ground round 5 GALLERY! on: April 18, 2017 12:10:03 PM
Wow! That is an amazing package MW! I love the tiny houses shrine, that is so cute and lovely! Great work MW!  Cheesy

Great start it is!    Smiley
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