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.
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?