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Monday, 17 September 2012

Postcards

This morning, I taught my Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop.  I've taught this one a dozen times now, and it never ceases to amaze me how creative it can be.  It's always fun to dare the women in the room to put a stamp on the darn thing and mail it!  The typical reaction is, "Ha!  Yeah right," while clenching their new little gem close to their heart.  Really!  You can trust the mail.  Stick a stamp on the back, mail it 'naked' (no envelope), and it will arrive.  Look how many times I've done it!

4x6" postcards mailed to me, which means I have mailed away just as many...
And here's more...


I have even more than that.  I keep them in a shoe box and tote them around for show & tell.  A few personal ones are up on my wall, and a couple more are framed in a shadow box.  NEVER ONCE has a postcard ever gone missing or arrive destroyed - at least not in any swap I've been part of.

So mail them!  I dare ya!  : )  Here are the cards that the women made this morning at Creative House.  It was a small group and we had a great time.  I picked the theme of autumn and away they went.  Each card is unique, and super-creative.  Aren't they pretty!!??

Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop - Autumn 2012 group

Thanks again ladies!  : )  I hope you make lots more.  This gets me excited for fall.  Off to stitch...  I have some postcards to make for a swap I signed up in.  If you love to make postcards, try it out!  There's a link to Postcard Cottage on my sidebar if you are interested.

10 comments:

LeighAnn said...

This is a perfect project for my little sewing school students! Do you hand sew these? I can't imagine a machine needle would go through the cardboard very easily. What a wonderful way to upcycle scraps and cardboard and who would love to get one of these in the mail!

Monika Kinner Whalen, Fibre / Embroidery Artist said...

OMG! NO no - there is no cardboard! ; )
Quilted postcards are all fibre – 3 layers, like a quilt. The middle is extra firm interfacing... like a stiffened felt. The back is fabric too where you address it and stamp it. And yes – it’s all machine sewn with some occasional hand embellishments.

: )

HollyM said...

The postcards are fantastic! I've not signed up for a swap yet. Someday.

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

I always like to hear about your postcards, they seem like a very approachable project, although it is still on my to do list. The ones from the class look good, I bet they all learned a lot!

sherry said...

i made one...going to make more...mine made it in one piece to the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan just in time for my younger sister to have her canadian christmas tree for christmas...she was stationed there with the canadian military at the time...when ever she is deployed i always make a christmas tree of some kind for her and send...she told me she knew her tree had arrived because other people came to tell her she got the most amazing post card...they just throw all the mail on a table so all the personnel got to share that christmas tree..

Becky said...

Yep, the best part of our swap is that once you mail them, you get new ones back!! I have had so many people look at my / our swap group's postcards. I keep them out in the open in my living room, so that anyone who comes over can see them. So much fun!

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful work, real works of art. I am greeting

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your postcards look fabulous!!! I just made my very first one last week using snippets of threads, tulle, a grid pattern and a bit of embroidery. It was so much fun :)

greelyrita said...

Think too about the fun thrill you're giving the postal people. Imagine how many people are handling them and then saying, "Hey, look at this!" to their co-workers. It's not a fun job, I would imagine; kind of a grind really, more likely and this would be a big perk. No wonder they get where they're going with such attention.

Amandaxwcb said...

Wonderful work, real works of art. I am greeting

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