I belong to the Unlimited Textiles group and the theme for March was Gothic. I love stained glass and especially the wonderful Rose Windows. Here is what the one in Strasbourg looks like.
Hard to get that much detail in a 5" quiltie (Small quilts) but I did try, unsuccessfully.
Then I started going through my stash and found this great fabric, and put a black fabric mask on it to make the leading for the stained glass look and
the quiltie turned out pretty good. I did some
beading in the center and at the end of the spokes.
I was surprised that when I chose smaller beads they got lost in the whole quiltie, but when I went up to a larger bead it looked so much better.
The other exchange I was in was the Fiber Beads trade and I had lots of fun with that. I decided to make my beads with a hard shell, rather than
the soft fabric outside. The one problem I had was trying to Photograph the beads so that the fabric itself showed. The darker beads are a beautiful batik of blues and greens and
purples. The beads are too dark or shiny in any of the pictures to do them justice.
I wrapped some of them with Razzle Dazzle thread in different colors, and some I wrapped in Angelina fibers. I left the tails long on the beads so that the tails could be could be cut to any length she wanted. I also used some wire and some of the micro beads in the hard shell of the lighter colors. I didn't want to do a matched set of beads, so I did a variety of colors and styles.
I also got a lot of work done on that wedding quilt I keep talking about. My goal is to have it at the quilters by the end of April. I can't wait to post a picture of the completed top. As soon as I can get my card from my camera to work, I'll post some pictures of that I received in the exchange.