I made up the process as I went along but later found this tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts, which explains most of what I did. I prefer to paint Mod Podge onto the canvas, press scraps down, paint Mod Podge over them, and then continue to layer. So much fun - and it keeps me using my scraps! Plus, I love leaving the threads hanging - they harden from the Mod Podge but it looks authentic, you know? I might experiment with clean edges in the future just for kicks.
The first one I made, above, was for my friend Julie, who I met in college a few years ago. We became quick friends - when she transferred, I met her in musical theater, and we started hanging out. Later, when she was student teaching and off-campus more, we would meet once a week for dinner in the dining hall to trade teaching and class stories. Ever since, we've been trading crafts, too. I've made her two t-shirt quilts and a pillow, and Julie photographed my wedding (she did an absolutely lovely job). She's commissioned me to make several of my double-sided fall/winter tablerunners this coming summer, too. I treasure her friendship and I love that we can be crafty together! She also makes the cutest handmade ornaments every year! I thought this gift would be appropriate and treasured by her.
The second one is for a special little lady who has a 3rd birthday - my niece, Audriana. :) I know it's not your *typical* gift for a 3-year-old.... but I'm one of those people who likes giving practical and/or handmade gifts, even when said birthday girl is turning 3. I painted the sides blue for an extra flair, and wrote a special birthday message on the bottom. Hopefully she loves it and will treasure it as she grows older and sees it on her wall. :)
I plan to make these as gifts throughout the year; in fact, I'm already working on a third for quilty friend! I'll be sure to post more of them (I'm also thinking about selling them - do you think people would buy them? I'm thinking locally because they will be difficult to ship).