22 Feb

I should never say “I don’t..”

I should never say “I don’t..” when it comes to quilting.

Postcards and purse

I was slow to catch on to the fiber art postcard craze. I thought, “Oh, I don’t do those — they are toooooo small.” Ha! I made a bunch for my gallery show, and they are flying off the shelves. I actually had fun making those, and a bunch for Heart2Heart now that I’ve realized that I have a cache of “personal imagery” to draw on. I keep saying that I don’t really do fusing (I’m more of a “piecer”), but you know, sometimes it’s just the perfect way to make an image — like my Heidelberg Schloss and my favorite little quilt, Staufen Vineyards. Oh, and I’m not much into raw edge appliqué either. Appliqué is fussy, and fussy wants to be done by hand. But look — I’ve done all three this week and I’m totally inspired! This trifecta of techniques started with the purse. I wanted to incorporate some silhouetted botanicals as is all the rage (purses can stand to be trendy in my opinion), so I decided that raw edge appliqué and a little free-motion embroidery was the way to go. Then I made some fused collages as class samples, but I didn’t like one, so I cut it up to use as bases for postcards. I thought that the simplicity of the botanicals would be a nice foil for the layered background. The postcards aren’t bound yet, but already I am absolutely in love with the one on the left. I love the way the engraved-look flowers on the commercial fabric are speaking to my stitched black line-work. I have got to figure out a way to interpret this BIG. And if you ever hear me say “I don’t…” just smack me upside the head, OK?!

3 thoughts on “I should never say “I don’t..”

  1. LOL, your post gave me such a good laugh. I haven’t made a postcard either. You summed up all my reasons perfectly. Definitely need to give it a try.

  2. how beautiful!
    i saw the same technique with felt, and was thinking of doing a bag with it – now see, it´s here already and it´s SO lovely! 🙂

  3. You know, I made my first postcard last year. I *loved* making it, and then promptly forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder! I was initially put off by the scale – it just seems like a lot of work for something that small – but turns out that’s half the fun. Yours are beautiful! The colors are great, and the applique really pops.

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