There’s nothing like a deadline to get those creative juices flowing! Things We Make was having a recycled, repurposed DIY ornament contest, and I have a huge amounts of scraps of prefused hand dyed fabrics and Peltex. Although as an art quilter I can always use the fabric scraps SOMEWHERE, a big basket of small, oddly shaped scraps of peltex has been sitting in my closet for just such a recycling project as this! I’ve also been yearning to get back to making 3-d art houses, so this was my chance. Now, I don’t care about winning the contest, as I’m sure there are some clever people repurposing in a much more creative way than I, but my boys understand a contest deadline, and were much more forgiving of me ignoring them last night than normal, which let me get them photographed. In fact, between the pix I took last night (and processed and sent in to Amy 1 minute before the deadline!) and the ones I took this morning, I do believe I’ve spent more time photographing them and processing the photos than it took to actually make them!
Here’s my helper, holding a branch STILL, precariously close to the pool (this is my favorite spot for hanging things outside, it gets very little direct sunlight any time of the day).
In the future (like next November) I may formalize a couple of these into a tutorial with a pattern, but to make them I cut each house shape out of the peltex pretty much by eye. Then fused the fabric to the peltex, inside in out. I then created small, abstract art quilts on each side by collaging more of the fused fabric and then free motion quilting for emphasis. I then fused the sides together using strips of the fabric, glued the roof on with hot glue and stitched a loop through the top!
I’ve learned that I need to place the design elements further down when there’s a roof overhang (which I love). Duh – the difference between 2 and 3 dimensions! I’ve also learned that i need A new glue for the roofs – I don’t like the big globs of hot glue peeking out.
I took a TON of pictures, here are a few of my favorites! I’m loving the many levels of composition you can achieve with many objects and 3 dimensions. I also appreciate that HANGING things MOVE! A LOT!
(RSS readers, you’ll either have to click through to see the gallery posted here, or I’ve got a Flickr gallery of these as well!)
I’m so happy I had time to do them…ART in the middle of all this pre-Christmas making! Phew!