OMG ... Check out my calendar for the New Year; a duet with Danita!
I bought this adorable calendar a few weeks ago on Danita's etsy shop, and I love the calendar just the way it is, stacked and resting on the mini baby block ...
But the truth is, I kept flipping through all the months to see all the different paintings and it was constantly getting out of order. At one point, I even thought I lost September and turned my studio upside down looking for it!
Since taking Danita's on-line class, I can not stop making fabric paper. For this duet I think I made just the perfect background for her calendar. With the months now stitched to this art quilt, I can see all of Danita's little paintings every day of every month and I couldn't be happier.
Here are some close up shots of what I did.
After making the fabric paper, I painted some small circles in a few different colors, then added some free motion stitching, oh, and a free motion flower.
Next, came the layers of backing. First there's a layer of cream felt that I painted with gesso and then a panel of burlap. As you probably know, burlap unravels way too easily, and so I brushed the edges with a little white glue. And then I stitched on a few little strips of painted felt.
To hang the quilt I added a few burlap loops and an old painted yardstick.
Want to learn more about making fabric paper and Danita's art quilts? There's still time to take her on-line class. Trust me, you will not go away from that class wanting. Danita put so much of herself in this class - it's so full of new info and ideas that I'm sure you will want to incorporate it all into your own collages, journals and art quilts.
Happy New Calendar!