Very last moment wrapping of a small “quilt” for a friend who is moving back to Germany…I was looking for an envelope to slip it in, and I thought. BORING!!!
Why not take some of my gelli prints and make an envelope? So I grabbed a grackle print and a pressed leaves print to use for the main prints.
Of course it had to involve sewing, so I trimmed the 2 prints to the right size and took a 3rd unexciting piece and cut it into strips for a flap and side/bottom bindings. I sewed everything together, using a long stitch to minimize any tearing(but the many layers of acrylic paint actually made the paper quite strong).
A few minutes later, a very Gelli envelope/gift wrap…
This is the little quilt that went inside. I had made it in an online class with Jane LaFazio quite a few months back but had not completed it till now. It needed some finishing with a bit of touch-up paint, some hand-stitching and a zigzag edge. The quilt was constructed from a hand-painted goose on cotton and fused to a stamped/painted canvas background. A stamped/painted organza layer was stitched on top to add depth and the whole piece was free motion quilted by machine. A bit of hand-stitching was added to keep the organza under control. Then the piece was zigzagged around the edge for finishing.
We presented the envelope/quilt to her at her going-away luncheon and she looked at the envelope, turned it around a couple of times and looked bewildered…then we had to tell her it was just an envelope and the present was inside….too funny!! I hope she liked it.
A quick trip to a framing shop will have the quilt mounted in a distressed blue wood frame with no matting, spacers added to protect the quilt from contact with the glass and finally packed for travel to Germany.