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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I can share this now...

I'm a member of a wonderful year long swap hosted by Linda at A Swap for All Seasons.  The swap is for 4" x 6" fabric banners...no glue allowed...all stitched together.  My kind of swap for sure.  Each month we will get one partner to send to & we'll receive a banner from a different partner.  For January I was lucky enough to send to Patty in Oz...she lives in Kansas & while I was tempted to do something with the Wizard of Oz...I decided that since the January banner would arrive late January or early February...I'd go with hearts & flowers. 
 
When I create just about anything, I pull out things from my stash that I think would work...then I have to have them laying around for awhile to see what inspires me the most.  Once I found this heart applique that's probably from the 1960s or 1970s...I knew I had found the focal point for this banner.  I hand stitched the applique to a piece of some 1970s era quilted fabric with the sweet Valentine's motif.  All the ribbon & lace & other trim I used was from my stash.  I need to confess...I have way over the legal limit of Valentine's fabric.  I didn't realize how much I had until I started pulling it out.  Oh well...fabric doesn't eat anything...so it can stick around.
 
I added that cute little rose applique to the heart....and sewed on some faux pearls & crystal beads for some texture & sparkle.  I love little details like that.
 
Of course, the back of the banner needed some love, too.  I made a little label so Patty would remember who created her banner...and you can't really see it here, but the heart charm says "Hand Made With Love".  I have enough of those to use throughout the year.
 
When Linda invited me to be part of this swap I knew it would be fun...and a bit of a challenge since 4" x 6" is pretty small.  So far I'm loving it...and we already have our partners for February...and I've pulled out another pile of fabric & trims for that one.  I'll post again after I receive my January banner...it won't be long now.  Be sure to visit Patty's blog to see the beautiful pix she took of her banner...I'm thrilled she liked it.
 
 
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie!
    Your sampler is darling. I adore all the heart images. I wish I had put a personalization on the back - I only put my initials and the year WAH! I will do better next time after seeing yours. (And I got a big smile and a little giggle when I opened up your page --- our samplers are so much alike, too funny! You can see mine on my current blog post or on my FB page - are you on FB?)
    Happy stitching!

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  2. This is adorable! It makes me smile because my Grandma had small (about 12x12) banners that hung on her apartment door that we changed every month. It was so fun! - Hugs - Donna

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  3. Debbie I adore your sweet Hearts banner. This ASFAS is sew much fun. I have now completed January and February. Creative Banner Bliss...

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  4. LOVE your banner, Debbie! Perfection!

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  5. LOVE your banner, Debbie! Perfection!

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