Tuesday, March 27, 2007

These are the last 3 postcards I have finished. I sent most of them in the mail already. I think I may try to make some for Easter, but we will have to see, this week and next are extremely busy. Thadd, my son, has begun lacrosse season. They had their first game tonight in the rain, naturally! They lost but he scored a goal : ) I have quilting tomorrow with the ladies at the church so I may try to take the butterfly quilt and my sampler quilt and take pictures. I will post them as soon as I actually take them! Leave me a note and let me know you were here!

Monday, March 26, 2007

I had a busy weekend as you can see! I made some more fabric postcards on Saturday with the church quilt group. I tried to teach the ladies how to make them too. Some of them made some there and others took the things home to do it there. We meet again on Wednesday so we will see who has some finished! I am excited to put these in the mail. Some of them will go out now and some later.

I also sewed the label on the butterfly quilt that the ladies did for the church. I will have to take a picture of it and post it later (it's about 6:30am and the light is terrible!) I finished sewing the binding on the sampler quilt I made for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I was watching the most Dangerous Job, where the follow the Alaskan king crab fishermen on their boats in the Bearing Straights. If you have never seen it I highly recommend it. It is on the Discovery channel, but I digress. I also got the label done and sewn on. It feels good to get some quilts finished!

I didn't know what to begin next, but I had a wall hanging all cut out so I started that. It is called "Santa's Christmas Card". It is Santa standing next to a line of his reindeer. It called for 8 but I made it just a little bigger and added Rudolph! The pattern had him as the first one but there were only 8 including him and being slightly OCD, I had to have it correct! I got them all fused in place, no slight task as there were many small pieces. Then came the borders. I have decided to try to use what I have vs always buying new, at least whenever I can, so down the basement I went to my "stash" to look for border fabric. I almost gave up but this little voice kept nagging me to keep looking and go through the stash "one more time". So I did and I found perfect fabric for the border! So I cut them and put them on the wall hanging. Then I decided to cut and make the binding and I realized I would have to piece it and cut it smaller than I usually do to make it from the fabric I wanted to use (the same as the inner border), but I did it and I feel pretty good about it! Well, off to work I go now. Have a Blessed day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I finally have time to post the pictures I promised I would post. The first one is of the stone stamp my friend Yuki carved for me. Isn't it beautiful? If you look really hard you can see the Japanese characters spelling out my name! The stone stamp has a top, which is the next picture. It shows what the stamp looks like. As I said before her mother sent me some coloured ink. I made her a "thank-you" postcard which is the picture I posted here. I stamped the back using the 3 new inks from Japan and of course wrote a thank-you note on the back as well. I hope you enjoy the photos. Don't be afraid to leave a coment. It would be nice to know if anyone is looking!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I've Discovered Fabric Postcards!!

Thanks Rebecca, for the easiest directions EVER!!! I made three tonight. It was fantastic. The only thing I had difficulty with was the Peltex I bought. It lists 3 kinds on the same directions, no fuse, one side fusible and both sides fusible. I discovered that mine is fusible on both sides, (now I have to clean the iron, : ( )

I took a photo of the one I made for my Godson, Mark for his birthday. He is attending Michigan State University so his has a Spartan theme. I forgot and wrote on it before I took the photo, so I will only post the front. The back is just plain white anyway. I promise I will post one of the other ones later. I made one for my DD that is also a Spartan so it is pretty much like Mark's. I made a third one as a thank-you for a friend's mother. My friend, Yuki, carved a stamp out of stone for me with a pinwheel on it. It also has my name in perfect, tiny Japanese characters! I really wanted to be able to use this on my quilt labels but could not find ink (like the kind used for rubber stamps) that would not wash out of fabric. Unlike rubber stamps where the part stamping sticks out this one is recessed. Anyway, her mother sent me 3 different colours of ink! Purple, Green and Red. I tried it on the postcards and it works great!! So, I made her a postcard as way of a thank-you. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it along with pictures of the stone stamp. That Yuki is a wonder! Let me know what you think of my first postcard.

Friday, March 16, 2007

WoW! I just found a great bolg containing directions on how to make a fabric postcard. I am going to post it here. You ALL need to check it out. I haven't had much time to look at Red Shoes Blog but I look forward to the exploration. Her instructions made me want to run right out and make some fabric postcards. Let me know what you think.