Valerie Goodwin and created the above map piece. Valerie had several templates printed out for us as well as the towers printed on fabric. I'm not for one "doing a project" but I did have a great time. The highlight of the whole weekend was Valerie's method of creating her background. That in itself was worth the workshop fee. I hope I can do justice to the process: crinoline is used as the foundation (I've been using crinoline in my fabric portraits and love how it allows the finished quilt to be very flat with a straight edge) sew pieces of fabric down using the flip and sew method until the crinoline is covered - any fabric raw edges are machine or hand stitched down. Next comes some fused pieces of transparent fabric like organza, which can be painted or dyed. Then some painting - roughly and only in places. That's the background. I just love it.
So I came home and created the background to my "3 of Clubs" - oh, I know I did 3 turtles but they'll work for the playing card challenge of my fiber group FAN - Fiber Artists Network. I followed Valerie's technique and added some stamping as well.
Also, one of the other members of FAN shared a technique of using fused transparent fabric like organza and tracing a motif (the tiny Pisa tower in the above piece and the turtles in this piece) and then fusing the motif to another fabric or to the background. Cool!