28 September, 2019

Quilters Vibe September: "Cousins are Sisters You Never Had"

Hello Lovelies!

I'm really pleased to be able to take part in Sara Scraps' monthly series called Quilter's Vibe where a group of ladies make a layout inspired by a quilt.  Their channels are linked here and on YouTube.

The process of turning this block into a layout sort of took on a mind of its own as it often happens with me.  I hope you watch the video and see what happens.

I did choose an outdoor photo to tie in with the leaf, but after that it's not a really literal use of the leaf block (or quilt for that matter).  I was inspired by the start of Spring here in Australia.  Instead of leaves changing colour and falling off, we're getting fresh new leaves and the photo used in the layout was also taken in September.

Here's the video if you want to have a look:

The story and journaling took on a somewhat unexpected turn.  I just went with it.  I ended up using both sides of the little fold-out journaling card I made to fit it in.


I did try to record the machine stitching part on my phone, but there were some technical issues!  I liked the tight zig zag around the edge of the leaves...the cross hatch only a little.🤷

The embellishment component lately has been taking a long time.  Too much choosing and rejecting because something just doesn't look "right".😖

In the end, I managed to get the two embellishment clusters mostly how I wanted them.  I used the slightly smaller fox sticker from the sticker book rather than the die cut and moved him slightly.  At least it's one fox used and three of those pretty old Dear Lizzy buttons.  It feels so satisfying to use something that has wanted a home on a page for long time!

As I mentioned in the video, I left the title (which is a quote by Reah Glowstorl) exactly as is partly because I'm making the layout and telling the story and this is my reality and because then I could write "and the daughters I never had" as the intro into the journaling (kind of a subheading I guess).  Also partly because if I changed "sisters" to "siblings" (which would be more applicable to all the kids in the photo), writing "children" instead of "daughters" as an intro is sort of misleading, so in the end it seemed to ask to be left as is.  (yes my supplies and layouts talk to me.  Don't yours? 😲)

Besides stitching down the buttons, I added a date stamp to the journaling card.  Here's the whole thing!  

Cousins Are Sisters You Never Had

Well that's all for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come back soon and I hope you enjoyed the video.  Please visit the other ladies and watch their videos:

Sara Scraps
Christy's Beautiful Life
Daisie's Scraps

Love and quilty vibes,

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