Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Treasure Island-X marks the spot

Quilting Arts Magazine has a quilt challenge six times a year. I try my best to enter all of them. The latest challenge was called "Map It".  While working on a quilt for this challenge, I decided to do a second quilt. I have always loved treasure maps, treasure hunts, and legends. This quilt was done by using my printer to print out some over layed maps. Using photoshop I altered the maps to make them an old yellow/brown color. I then hand stitched the path to the treasure with black embroidery floss. The X was made from a red metallic paper. The treasure chest was the most fun. The actual chest was made from a plastic pin box. I used rub and buff in gold, silver, and blue to alter the clear plastic into a rustic piece. The "jewels" were left over beads, baubles, and other gems. The palm trees were small scrap booking pieces that were altered using the rub and buff. They were adhered with E6000. The small skulls were actually buttons that I was able to sew on. The compass was stamped with tea dye Tim Holtz distress ink.

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