Fabric Postcards–Voices in Cloth 2018

25 08 2017

The Postcard Group is gearing up for helping our guild members make at least 2000 postcards as a fund-raising effort for our guild’s upcoming quilt show in March of 2018.  Previous East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth shows have been fabulous (of course I say this, but they really are!!), and our postcards have been a big hit.

Two new updates to the postcard-making process for our guild members.  We have listened to you and are hoping to make this effort easier in the following two ways:

Starting:  We will begin to provide pre-made bases for your designs, since some members had difficulty getting started.  We hope these will appeal to you and inspire further embellishment, stitching, or whatever you feel like adding.

Some of these bases look like this:

Sample bases

Finishing:  We will fuse and edge-stitch your postcards for you if you like.  Simply turn in the finished postcard tops, and we have volunteers who will do the rest.

Here are a few of the cards that have been turned in so far:

By Susan Peck

By Susan Peck

Made by me.  As usual, I could not resist making as many as possible from a small scrap of donated fabric:

 

And other anonymous ones;  if you are the artist, let me know and I will included your name here.

Much more to show you in the weeks/months to come.

 

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Just a few more EBHQ postcard makers

4 03 2016

As promised, here are just a few of the many, many fabric postcards made by EBHQ members other than me.

These are ones that have already been turned in for our fabulous postcard fund-raiser at the upcoming Voices in Cloth 2016 Show (Click HERE for the link to the show details).

Please come to the show and stop by the postcard station by the windows.  This is your chance to make a small donation to our guild and take a little work of art home with you, to share with a friend or keep for yourself.

I have also included a few cards whose maker’s names I didn’t catch, for a variety of reasons.  If you recognize these, let me know and I will update the photos.

Jenny Alexich

JennyAlexich1

Jenny Alexich2

Marcia Alpert

SusanPeck

Anonymous 1

Anonymous

Anonymous 2  Woven Ribbons

Anonymous2

 

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown Postcards

Sonia Callahan

SoniaCallahan

Mary Gilkerson

MaryGilkerson

Lorraine Oller

LorraineOller

Orna Pascal

OrnaPascal1

OrnaPascal2

Susan Peck

SusanPeck2

 

Nancy Redmond

NancyRedmond1

 

Claire Sherman

ClaireSherman

I hope you enjoy this wide variety of artistic styles.  Trust me— there are even more in the approximately 1,500 cards that will be at the Show.

See you there.





Fabric Postcards: more new ones

15 12 2015

My guild members of East Bay Heritage Quilters are again taking up the task of making fabric postcards for the show in March of next year, and some of the finished ones are already coming in.  I LOVE seeing what other fabric artists will do with this same 4″ x 6″ empty canvas.

I hope you are inspired by their work.

Here are six by Orna Pascal:

OrnaPostcards

 

And seven from Claire Sherman:

ClairePostcards

ClairePostcards2

And just a few of the ones I am playing with.  I have had barrels of fun using this pre-WonderUndered fabric donated by Marion Ongerth.  I think they were the leftovers from her projects, and I LOVE leftovers, even those from someone else.

SDThankYou

 

I can barely begin to describe how much I love this cat fabric!

MoreSD

And sometimes the fabric speaks for itself.

SDGetWell

HOT TIP  for making the postcard process easier:

My new favorite sewing machine foot, called an Open Embroidery Foot, which makes applying decorative stitches to the body of the cards and the zigzag stitches to the edges of the cards SOOOOOO much easier.  You can actually see exactly where you are sewing.

The foot for my machine looks like this:

OpenButtonholeFoot

 

Have fun making these yourself.

See the Postcard Gallery tab at the top of my Homepage and/or click Here to view the postcard tutorial.





Fabric postcards: still going strong

27 02 2015

I have not posted anything recently about fabric postcards, even though I have made more than 250 of them since the Voices in Cloth 2014 Show last spring.  I found I could not stop making them.  It was way too much fun.

Here are a few of the couple dozen I made for Halloween.

HalloweenCards

I made approximately  35 for the Christmas season, and they were gobbled up by some guild members.  Soooooo, I made a few zillions more, but I made them in January, when I had plenty of time.  Here are a few of them.

SantaCards3

More Santas . . . .

XmasCards1

Vintage Christmas card images . . . .

XmasCards2

A few more Santas . . . .

SantaCards2

and more . . . .

SantaCards

And then I switched to  BACON, thanks to the leftover scraps from making a shirt for my brother.  Fab fabric!

BaconCards

And just a few more;  I think I want to make a lot of the “Thank You” cards.  What an easy way to send gratitude through the mail.

ThankYouPostcards





Wheel Medallion sneak peek

18 04 2014

Finished days before it was to be displayed  at my guild’s Voices in Cloth 2014 quilt show late last month, my Wheel Medallion has been one of my most challenging endeavors in recent times.

Having taken a class with Becky Goldsmith of Piece o’ Cake fame, I felt I was much more able to execute this applique technique.  So I incorporated the applique border into a medallion quilt I had been struggling with working on.

Not yet photographed professionally, this quilt can only be seen in these partial shots for now.

Wheel3

Stay tuned for a better picture of the complete quilt.

wheel2

I love the result, and this quilt already has a cousin under construction, using all of the leftover pieces that did not fit into the design of this quilt.  So stay tuned for that, too.

 

And, on a recurring note, I am finding that I have not yet shaken the fabric postcard bug.

These are a particular favorite here where I live:

bears cards

 

And these were made for a friend’s Cinco de Mayo-themed engagement party:

Cinco de Mayo cards

I will probably keep doing these wonderfull little gems, just because they are soooo fun (and are completed sooooo quickly).





Fabric postcards galore

22 11 2013

The postcard project is producing some very nice works, and I thought it was time to showcase some of the wonderful EBHQ fabric postcard artists, including Sonia Callahan, Meg Nixon, Rosemary Corbin, Susan Peck, Claire Sherman, and me.  I have remembered a few names of the names, and I’m sure I have forgotten others.  Please let me know if I need to include your name here.

It’s so much fun to see the variety of fabrics and techniques that we all have used for these small pieces.

The various themes include . . . . .   Christmas

ac

Birthdays

b

Animals

d

Other characters

e

Free form designs

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These little gems are lots of fun to do, once you have made a few to get yourself familiar with the techniques.  Let me know it you want to make some, too.





Forgotten Quilt; Halloween Postcards

25 10 2013

While looking through my old photo files for pictures of the Christmas stockings I had previously made, I came across a picture of a quilt that I had forgotten about.  The picture is one taken for the EBHQ historian at the Voices in Cloth 2008 quilt show.  I did not keep this quilt long enough for it to be professionally photographed.  It was donated to a women’s clinic in Africa, when EBHQ still had a means of getting these items there.

Triad II, 2008

Triad II, 2008

I also remember that this quilt was problematic in many ways.   It started in an EBHQ workshop on color in quilts taught by Christine E. Barnes.  She uses “mock blocks” to teach color and other artistic concepts to quilters.  (see her book Color: The Quilter’s Guide for all the details)  Below is the mock block I made in class, and I loved it.

colorclass

Time to make a full quilt.  I changed the center square to a red-purple (magenta), creating a triad color scheme.

Finding the turquoise, yellow-orange, and magenta fabrics for the quilt was difficult, especially when I needed them in different values.  There was not much dark turquoise in the local fabric stores.

Then, finding an appropriate fabric for sashing between the blocks was even harder, since I had boxed myself into this specific color scheme.  I love the puzzle aspect of this art form, but this one was not so much fun.  The sashing fabric turned out to be in my own stash;  it was a fabric manufactured by the children’s clothing company Mousefeathers in Berkeley, and a wild print it was.

Anyway, after struggling with finding fabrics, putting them together, working out the math, and developing a quilting pattern, I was happy to see this one finished, ready for display at the quilt show,  and I loved it.  But NO ONE else did.  Too bright, unusual colors, whatever.  So off it went to keep someone continents away safely bundled.

AND

Just for fun with the upcoming holiday—-some more postcards.  I loved making these from some old Alexander Henry fabrics I found heavily discounted after Halloween one year.  Some of these images were incomplete, but they still worked in this small format.  I even had to give the torn Frankie a few extra sutures on his neck;  seemed to do the trick.

halloweenPostcards