April 2015 ATC Swap – “Home”

April has been a mixed month! I’ve been trying to complete things for my new granddaughter’s arrival whilst also taking part in the Very Berry Handmade April 2015 ATC swap – “Home”.  It’s too late to join in this one but if you fancy the idea just keep a look out on the blog for the next one, probably in about 2-3 months.    April is my birthday month and we went to South Wales for a few days which rather slowed me up completing my ATC, especially as after a fabulous few days I went and tripped full length on the car park during a rest stop on the way home!  My arms took most of the fall and luckily I don’t seem to have set my sciatica off again but – honestly – I am a danger to myself!!

Firstly let me show you my ATC – the theme was “Home” and so quite open to interpretation. After a short ridiculously long ‘think’ I decided that I am very happy at home when sitting in front of the window in my craft room, sewing, with a large mug of tea at my side! I hope my swap partner likes it!

fabric applique of sewing machine

my ideal day at home!

As I said, it was also my birthday at the end of this month and so I enjoyed myself whilst watching Create and Craft one day by spending some birthday money (thanks Mum!) on this lovely book by Janet Clare.  All the quilts and embroidery pieces are inspired by nature and it’s a very interesting read as well as really making me want to start one of the projects RIGHT NOW!!

Book of Quilts to sew

Birthday Book

The book has all the information for making your own mixed media art pieces as well as quilts.  There are plenty of instructions, such as for ageing fabric and for applique work and also lots of templates to use as you wish.   Two of the quilts which I really want to attempt first are the “Joys of Spring” and “Nature’s Beauties

Pastel quilt with flowers appliqued

Joys of Spring Quilt

Beauties-of-Nature

I thought I would make my own version of the nature quilt and this spring season is a good time to start taking some photos for my ideas.  The garden has bluebells growing just now so I think they would make a lovely pretty applique!

Well now I am linking up with Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts and I’ve just remembered that I need to finish my HM ATC and send it to Lucy, I wonder how many she has received yet?!!

 

8 thoughts on “April 2015 ATC Swap – “Home”

  1. First off, *HAPPY BIRTHDAY*!!
    Second, you’re not alone with the Tripping-in-the-Car-Park-Birthday-Trip! “Years” ago whilst celebrating my 50th at my BF’s in British Columbia, we’d gone up to a local Ski Resort for Lunch & Shopping and I landed on my butt after slipping on the gravelled-ice! – [It was February and a full moon] – But, the rather lovely Red Pepper Tomato Soup I had later quickly remedied my “limp”!
    ;-D

  2. Happy Birthday!
    What a lovely idea for the ATC. I especially love the detail of the little sewn piece of fabric coming off the sewing machine made of teeny patchwork squares.

  3. I love it that you have a cup of tea next to your sewing machine! That looks like a lovely book, nature quilts are a good idea 🙂

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