I love, love, love participating in duets...especially with great art.
From time to time, Jenny will give me a handmade card with hand written phrases like, "Thanks for the friendship and thanks for having a great palate," or "Thanks for taking care of us at the beach." Here is one of her cards:
What a great piece of art ... just the perfect piece to take and do a duet with.
Here's what I did. For the quilt, I cut out a square in roughly the proportions of the card, then cut out all the parts and pieces. I layered most of the pieces with batting and for the words, I used rubber stamps and StazOn ink, then smudged it with my finger.
And here's how I made the musical clef.
1. Cut out the heart shape from tan linen.
2. Draw the treble cleft lines and notes with a wash-away fabric marker.
3. Stitch on the lines with a sewing machine.
4. Hand embroider the ends of the notes.
NOTE: I also used this technique to create the larger band at the left side of the quilt, to create a longer length of the musical clef.
I loved that this particular duet challenged me to find solutions for recreating the musical clef using both machine and hand stitching. I think that's when new discoveries are made...when we use what we know to find new paths as we hit notes that we've never hit before in the process of creating.