Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween Post Cards

One of my favorite quick things to make are fabric post cards. Here is a picture of some I made a couple of years ago and sent to friends. They are a great way to use those fun Halloween prints (an excuse to buy more and use some of your stash). Once you get started it’s hard to stop! It’s not too late to get some made and in the mail. If you need help making them try Googling ‘fabric post cards’. Lots of sites have how to info and there are also some books available. If you have any specific questions, write me and I’ll try to answer. I’ve taught post card making classes several times and could probably find my instruction sheet to send to you.

If you’d like to buy some, I do have an Etsy site:

The post cards I have for sale are all made with old Japanese fabrics and my sashiko. No holiday themed ones are available right now. Please have a look!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hand quilting

I’ve pieced a Halloween quilt, have it basted, but haven’t started on the quilting yet. I’m trying to come up with a quilting design for some large solid spaces, something ‘creepy’. I’m a hand quilter. Of course I wouldn’t be hand quilting if I didn’t love it. I like the process, the hands on, relaxing aspect of it. I usually quilt in the evenings (with a good light) while the TV is on, I mostly listen and glance. It has always given me time with my family this way. I also then really like the finished product, the feel and look of a hand quilted piece far beats anything done on a machine. Our lives are so surrounded by machines, that I enjoy the relaxing, non-machine time of hand quilting.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New house

September 2011. I’ve just moved to Seattle! I’m in a small 1922 Bungalow. It’s got its quirks, but who doesn’t right? I think I will really love it here. The house is on a hill and has trees and tall shrubs on the sides, so I don’t need a lot of curtains. Lets in what light Seattle gets. I’ve almost unpacked the ‘necessary’ things and will get to my sewing room in a day or so. I always leave it to last as its good incentive to get the rest done, otherwise months later I’d still be looking for the can opener.