Friday, June 26, 2009

CQ'ed Tin Swap

At Crazy Quilting International, we are in the midst of a tin swap. The idea is to convert a plain ol' tin (we're keeping it approximately 6" or under) and make it beautiful. Most everyone has selected an Altoids mint tin, and I'm no exception. This was my first attempt at doing a tin. Luckily, the practice of doing the small "puzzle pieces" for Pat Winter's Pieces of Friendship swap had given me some experience in working in a tiny scale. I'm proud to say that I still have my eyesight.
This is the top (obviously). The woman I will be sending this to (who cannot be named here because it's a secret!) likes soft, muted colors of green, ivory and pink. That **IS** pink there, but it's a peachy pink, which works with the vintage silk rose trim I used around the sides (see below).
Yeppers, those are little "feet" that the tin stands on. They're just beads. Lovely ones, too, I might add. No, it's not my idea. I can copy good ideas with the best of them! :-) And then there's felt on the bottom, too. I wanted to cover all the surfaces inside and out so it wouldn't be so, um, "tinny".
And below is the inside, covered in a sage dupioni silk. The bottom half is padded and trimmed, and will be the perfect spot to include some little Treasures for my recipient.

It was a fun project, and I'm going to do another one for myself in yellow and greens. Happy colors for me...... But first, I'll be spending the weekend cutting fancy fabrics and preparing goodies for the Omaha CQ Retreat! Less than two weeks away!!!

Cathy

16 comments :

Karol said...

Very pretty. I am new to CQ and I am happy to have found your blog. Lots of inspiration.

Heather said...

Another masterpiece! Truly wonderful! You are so talented. Hugs.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Your tin turned out beautifully Cathy! LOL - I am good at stealing ideas too, like bead feet and felt for the bottom...
Just remember - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
Hugs,
Kerry

Maggie R said...

I LOVE your tin Cathy,
I am just learning Crazy Patch LOL
I have you on my bloglist now so I can be inspired by your workevery day!.. Thanks so much
(((((hugs)))))
Maggie

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful tin Cathy. I know that one isn't mine, but I sure love it!

Andrea said...

Lovley tin Cathy I love it - you have done a beautiful job
Hugs and smiles
Andrea
New Zealand

Ann Flowers said...

yes very lovely indeed. It turned out so gorgeous. You did a fantastic job!!

Ruby said...

I'm not in that swap but have tried my hand at a CQ'd tin. Will have to re-vamp mine with these great ideas. I had not seen the feet! Just lovely. Thank you

Gerry said...

Cathy, this is soooo cute. Love the feet - great idea (no matter who had it first. LOL.)

FredaB said...

I love the way you lined the tin with the little trim and a little rose? I am sure my eyesight is not as good as yours but I also can steal with the best of them.

See you next week.

Hugs

FredaB

TattingChic said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I would love to do something like this! What an inspiration! I'm adding your blog to my google reader! :)

Aida Costa said...

That turned out beautifully! I love this idea. Is there a tutorial (types of glue to use, etc)?

Laurette said...

Hi, Cathy,
Small tin ,now this beats it. As usual you do beautiful work. I would not ever think of embellishing a thin. What a good idea.
Laurette.

Nicki Lee said...

Hope absolutely adorable! I just love it and have got to get myself motivated to make one. Lucky recipient!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Cathy, A very lovely tin, and I especially love your SRI flowers around the edges. Lovely. Hugs Judy

Laurie said...

This is so beautiful! What a clever way to use a tin, I'll have to try this one myself.