Sunday, February 27, 2011

My ATCs for the Annual EAC Swap

LOL - Well, this photo is a bit of a tease, isn't it?  You can't tell much from this other than that I got them done!  This is the second year I have sent ATCs in for the Embroidery Association of Canada's annual swap.  It is so much fun receiving ones back from all over the country that I didn't mind burning a little midnight oil to meet the deadline.

All seven are in a series I called "Crazy Bits" - because that is actually what they are - bits of crazy quilting.  I had a round robin block I did not know what to do with.  The individual elements of the block were wonderful but somehow it didn't seem to mesh into a cohesive whole.  (This is the difficulty I most often encounter in my crazy quilting)  So, I sacrificed the block and used them for ATCs.  I am glad I did because it gave all the individual bits of stitching a chance to shine on their own.  This first one featured my favourite seam treatment from the block with staggered chain stitch scallops.

 Number 2 in the series had wonderful silk ribbon embroidery sunflowers and a sweet little bird charm.
The third one had more of the sunflowers and a bit more of the feather stitch seam treatment with the beads.  I love the flower beads on the edge of the scalloped seam treatment.

How could you not love this large swan charm gliding across the waves?  I also just loved the silk ribbon catstails.

This mass of flowers doesn't need any further explanation - a blaze of colour in this garden!

This part of the block was much more elegant and serene than the rest and I love the way it gets a chance to shine on its own now.

Last, but certainly not least, a lovely embroidered "K" for Kerry, framed in silk ribbon roses. 

I don't think this is a cheat, cannibalizing a block to create a series of Artist Trading Cards. What do you think? 


Sharon said...

Kerry very pretty, I cannot even tell you which one is my favorite..
i also like to collect ATC from around the world...

Rachel said...

I think it is a great idea!