Monday, September 1, 2014

Autumn exchange?

Well, the Spring exchange didn't work, but now that the wedding is behind us and I only have one issue of the magazine to publish, I'm ready for an Autumn puzzle exchange . Anyone up for that?
2015 CQ calendar is ready on Magcloud.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Videos now available

Look to the left  and you will see the two part video I made for those wanting to make a crazy quilted puzzle. From start to finish, I share my process of constructing my pieces. I hope you will enjoy using whatever art you prefer to make and swap your puzzle pieces. I have also added a page which has a printable sheet of four puzzle patterns. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How I construct a puzzle piece

There has been a lot of new interest in the Pieces of Friendship puzzle swap but many are not quite sure how to go about creating a puzzle so I am sharing my directions for a crazy quilted piece here. This can be adapted for any type of art you make, not just fiber/crazy quilting.

I trace the puzzle pattern onto a scrap of muslin.
Using a small fabric image I add pieces of coordinating fabric in the crazy quilt method. Notice the small blue flower on her dress? That is where I take my color choices from.
After covering all areas of traced pattern trim 1/4" outside traced line and trim away excess fabric. I roughly cut out inside curves.
Gather embellishments...
Embellish while making note of where the puzzle pattern ends on back. Take embellishments all the way to edge of traced line.
Choose a backing fabric and iron on wonder under.
Trace the puzzle pattern onto a stiff product such as Peltex. I use the fusible Peltex. Cut out on the line.
Press puzzle piece with Art from back side then place Peltex on wrong side and press using a Teflon pressing cloth. Turn over and trim away fabric overhanging Peltex.

Peel wonder under from backing fabric and press on Peltex to sandwich it between Art piece and backing fabric. Trim any fabrics or threads. Sew all around piece using Buttonhole stitch.

Sign back with Pigma pen or iron on label with name and state or country and any other preferred info.

Press flat and post in your album on the yahoo group to swap.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New group for endless swapping

I have take the suggestion of several friends and created a Pieces of Friendship Yahoo Group. This group is open to anyone who cares to create puzzle shaped art and swap them out with another.
With my family life needing more attention lately, I decided the puzzle swap would be a perfect candidate for a Yahoo group. Much like the chain of hearts Yahoo group.
You just click on the button to the right and join. Fill out your info in the database and you will find the pattern for the sheet of puzzle pieces to print out in the files.
When you finish a puzzle to swap, you post it..you make a photo album..I will help if you need me. Only post a piece and choose another if you are ready to mail it out within a day or two. I will post more soon.
Please take a browse and let me know your opinions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Puzzle swaps growing

My friend Lisa had a puzzle swap for her group Art4mail. Check it out. Very neat Lisa!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mailed last puzzle pieces ......whew!

Finally....Darlene D, Gina B, Laurie W, Orinda S, Mary S, and Terisa H...your puzzle pieces are on their way. Whew! I am sorry about the terrible packaging but I wanted these in the mail today so I rushed. I have no idea who got what, I just placed them in envelopes and addressed each one. These are the last ones....I think. If I missed someone who exchanged with me this time around, please let me know and I will check my records again.
Again, so sorry for the terrible wait you had. I love all of my pieces and look forward to swapping more. Let me breath first, LOL.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mailed off five!

I am getting there slowly but surely. Summer has been hopping and I have been doing the best I can in working on everything. These five were mailed out and hopefully arriving to their destinations. I have a few more to make...sorry ladies. I am getting there. I just heard Liz received hers today!! Yes!