Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Halloween card and Ladybug Square

Not a lot of crafty things happening lately.   But I did get the urge to try making a card with an irregular cut-out frame.  And I wanted to try making little free-hand silhouettes to embellish it. Real card-making aficionados would be using a fancy die cutting machine for the embellishments or at least a craft knife.  I used whatever scissors was lying around.  When you are playing like you are in grade school, you just go with what you have.   The design is from Prairie Schooler, the 'Boo' mini-card.  It was just small and cute.  Plus Halloween has so many interesting motifs to use.  I think it turned out pretty well and I'm sure I'll be using this technique again.  Hope it doesn't scare you!


I finally finished a square for a ladybug-themed quilt.  I stumbled on this design in a folder of designs from magazines that I had saved before disposing of the issues.  Frankly, I rarely go back and stitch them so I guess it's a hoarding instinct.  In this case, I finally found a use for this cutie pie.  The design is from Cross Stitch & Needlework, May/June 2000.  That's a long time ago!  So many people have stitched a ladybug square that Bonnie, the quilter for World of Charity Stitching, plans to make two quilts.. one a 'silly ladybug' quilt which this one is destined for and one a 'realistic/elegant ladybug' quilt.



Thought you might like to see where some of these squares I've been stitching ended up.   Bonnie makes a lot of the quilts and the following three are ones she made.  She comes up with really interesting designs and she's fast as lightning.  You wouldn't believe how many of these she turns out.

Here is the teacup quilt that includes the Vermillion Poppy teacup on the right that I stitched:



Here is the birdhouse quilt with my Expect a Miracle square at the top center:


And finally, the lighthouse quilt with the square I stitched in the center:


You can see more WOCS projects on their blog.


16 comments:

Vickie said...

It is all so very, very nice. I find the tea cup quilt especially stunning!

Deb said...

Your card came out very cute!! And the squares that you did for the quilts are wonderful!!

Melanie said...

Wow! The quilts are amazing. What a great collaboration of handwork. I think the teacup one is my fav too.
I like what you did with the Halloween card! It's a great little pattern too. That pumpkin looks scared to death. lol

Ranae said...

I love your scary card
Those quilts are amazing

Jan said...

Everything looks great. I love the card.

Margaret said...

The card is so cute! And all the quilts are wonderful! Love the new ladybug square.

Carol said...

Another cute addition to the WOCS quilts, Annie... I'm really impressed with the quilts Bonnie puts together. She ties everyone's contributed pieces in together so well.

Your little Halloween card is adorable--I recognize every one of those cut-out shapes even without you having used a fancy cutting machine :) Really a nice idea for embellishing!

Annette said...

What a beautifull pieces you all made!! wodnerfull.. really lovely..
Love the ladybug

Siobhán said...

Oh, how neat! That's a really fun way to do a Halloween piece. I enjoyed seeing the quilts, too.

Mylene said...

Wow! those quilts looks great!!
Card, perfectly made.

Jane Galley said...

I love the ladybug block. So good to see where they all end up, they must bring so much joy to the recipient

Mii Stitch said...

Ooooh, that ladybird is sooo cute! I love your Halloween card too x

Anne said...

Love your little ghostie Annie! So scary!! :) Great idea to make the black motifs with it. Your cute little lady bug is adorable. Will add a smile for sure in the quilt. I must say, Bonnie makes the most tremedous quilts with our stitching. Thanks for the pics! I hadn't seen them yet. Hope you are having a great weekend. Happy Stitching! :)

Karen said...

Annie, the Boo! and ladybug designs are just so cute! The quilts are beautiful, you should be proud that you were a part of making those!

Hetti said...

Love your Boo card and the ladybug for a quilt.
The quilts are so very nice with the stitching in the squares. So good of you to join this charity Annie!!!
Hugs Hetti

Sandra said...

I have tons of paper punches because my hand cutting isn't so precise. Your hand cut looks very neat. The card turned out really nice.

The quilts are stunning and that ladybug is so pretty!