Countdown to Chicago and news on ATCs

I’m so thrilled––International Quilt Festival/Spring and Make It U! with Cloth Paper Scissors® is just three short weeks away. I recently received the floor map of where the Make It U! section will be, and it’s smack in the middle of the quilt show—wonderful as it will certainly draw the crowds. If you are thinking of signing up for a Make It U! workshop, I recommend signing up promptly when you arrive at the show, as the workshops are sure to fill up quickly. If you have absolutely no idea what the heck I’m talking about, click here. 

And I have news—most of the ATCs that were sent to Cloth Paper Scissors® for the Chicago trade will be published! (I’ll spill more on that very soon.) And if you missed the March 6th deadline, and still want to participate in the trade and possibly have your ATCs published, here’s some information that we posted on the Make It U! web page:

ATC TRADE UPDATE! 3/15/06In case you missed the March 6th deadline to submit ATCs for our ATC Exhibit, there will still be a chance to trade your ATCs at the show if you bring them to Chicago. Please note this is a separate trade from the ATC exhibit, and your ATCs will be traded with the editors of Quilting Arts, LLC. It’s quite possible your ATCs will be published (hence why we want to keep them), so be sure to include your name, address, and email on the back of each ATC.

Rules for this CPS Editorial ATC Trade in Chicago:

– You must bring your ATCs to the show and be present in order to trade. Do not mail them to our offices in Stow, MA. – 5 ATC limit per person.- Trading will take place during designated trading hours (to be announced soon).- This ATC trade will only be open to the first 200 ATCs received.

– ATCs must be traded at the quilt show.

Now for some art…

ATC by Jill Lundstrom submitted for the ATC Trade in Chicago.

Here, it looks as though Jill took a vintage photograph, and added bits of torn papers and antique buttons. Very fun!

I dug through my stash of ATCs I’ve made, and found this:

I can’t remember exactly how I made it, but my best guess is I began with a piece of hand-dyed fabric that I stamped with gold Lumiere paint and an Indian print block. I then outlined the stamped image with free-motion quilting. For the Fleur-de-lis image, I impressed one of Dale Rollerson’s Illumination stamps into Model Magic (a trick I learned from Beryl Taylor), then after I let the Model Magic dry overnight, colored it with acrylic paints and finally gilded with Treasure Gold. I then glued the Fleur-de-lis image and four fragments for the corners to the ATC background.

I will be posting more ATCs and other artwork in the near future and invite you to guess as to how they were constructed (I find this to be a fun learning exercise.)