I just thought this challenge the coolest! PRINT PUBLICATIONS - we had to chose at random and without peeking - a publication to use page #28. The only thing I get in my house is the weekly community flyer - and that only went to page 21. So I asked my SIL to grab any magazine she had sitting around and bring it down - without any hint as to what I needed it for.
Oh, I lucked out as page 28 had all this to chose inspiration from. I could have been trying to be inspired by hearing aids! I love the horse, but not inspired. The waterfall was interesting, but lacked color. So the flowering trees spoke - besides, I really crave SPRING!
So I pulled all the usual suspects that might work into a plan. Fabrics were easy. Just to narrow down all the play items and get to action.
I pieced my background and fused some branches - totally forgot to photo the three drawers of thread I pulled out next. Yes, three!
I used one layer of Quilter's Dream Select batting to quilt the back ground. Then I added a second layer of the same batt and did the branches. I hand quilted in the ditch across the plains - adding a lot of dimension and texture.
I made tiny pink flowers from baby rick-rack and sewed them with a bead attached in the center. Smaller blossoms are beads tied on with pink DMC floss. And bound with a mini border brown fabric to add to the 'tree' look. The hardest part of the project - threading my beading needle!
This is the back - using the same mini border fabric and some scrap 3.5" squares to set in the corners for a dowel hanger.
I look forward to see what publications others have used for inspiration and their resulting project.
You can see all the challenges and projects at PersimonDreams.