Sunday, August 1, 2010


My first thoughts when I heard the new word were to create a crazy quilt using old photos but I had just finished a cloth book with pictures of my parents in their youth and...been there, done that. So my mind went to the Victorian era anyway and I decided to play with fabric paper and try for a Victorian look. I started by collaging tissue paper with thicker hand made papers from Thailand. These had leaves and flowers embedded in them. When the glue had dried and the papers were thoroughly attached to the muslin, I tore ragged edges, layered batting and backing just inside the edges and did some free motion quilting in leafy patterns.
I used my rubber stamps and printed postal marks and writing randomly across the surface. Then I played with old buttons, ribbon and tea stained rick-rack. The whole thing felt like play time to me.
Buttons, rick-rack and ribbon were sewn on by hand.
You can see the rubber stamps as writing and postmarks and a little of the floral quilting.


  1. I love this - it has the feel of an old scrapbook full of youthful memories. The colors evoke that Victorian era perfectly. Buttons and rick-rack always make me smile! It is sweet and pretty at the same time.

  2. Ah... someone else likes fabric paper... this is lovely. Very 'reminiscent and nostalgic'.

  3. Karen, your joy in playing comes across. It reminded me of an old valentime...

  4. Yes, Karen, I can imaging you playing with all these beautiful materials. The collage reminds me of the dresses, the sisters of my grandfather are wearing. I like the color compostition.

  5. What a great result from all the processes. My favorite is the color way......the colors play beautifully with each other. Good job. Helen