After watching a Deborah Wirsu YouTube video on thread sketching a sunflower, I decided to practice on a small scale and make some fabric postcards.
First sunflower postcard.
Second sunflower postcard.
Lately I’ve been in the mood to create fabric postcards. I forgot to photograph the first one I recently mailed. Here’s is the second: a purple poodle postcard I mailed to Judy.
Here I’ve painted the muslin with fabric paints.
Now it is stitched out.
This last photo is the reverse side. I cover this up with an index card used for the mailing address and my message. The muslin and Peltex start out as 4.5 x 6.5 inches. After I finish sewing, I cut them down to 4 x 6 inches to match the index card. I zig-zag around the edges, securing some cording and the index card.
I attach a First Class postage stamp to it (it’s thicker than the one-layer postcards so it needs more postage), take it to the USPS, stand in line, and have them hand-cancel it. I put it in a clear plastic mailing envelope (not required, but it keeps the postcard from getting anything on it in transit), hand it over, and they mail it.
I love taking art quilt classes. In my latest class, Fabulous Facades by Gloria Loughman, we started out with the same pattern to learn her appliqué technique. We pinned our doors on the design wall. I like them all.
Later we used her technique to work on our own photos/patterns. I am using a photo/pattern of a fishing cabin. It should be finished about this time next year, but don’t hold your breath. Once I get home from class, I get into my routines and ruts and unfinished projects tend to disappear into the landscape of my sewing room.
This fabric door is mine. It’s approximately 12 x 16 inches.
These are all the students’ doors and the instructor’s sample (bottom row, second from left).
At the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in Houston, Texas.