Fabric Postcards and PayPal

I’ve updated the Fabric Postcard Gallery page. Please take a look to see the new postcards I have displayed. These small art pieces make ideal gifts.

The Book page is also updated and points out the newly added PayPal feature. With the click of a button you can own my book and catch the 4″ x 6″ fever!

Gray Landscape, 4 x 6

Gray Landscape, 4 x 6

At Asilomar — Artist in Residence

I was invited in 2010 to be the Artist in Residence during one of the five sessions that Empty Spools Seminars holds classes at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. I was thrilled to sign the contract and here I am today.

Arrival day was Sunday, June 17. My sister Christy met me here (she is taking class) and was invaluable in helping me to hang my work and set up my work space in Merrill Hall, a stunning Julia Morgan designed building.  The size of the hall allows for ample space.  The free-standing wall behind my space holds Princess Bliss who came along to keep me company and display more postcards for sale.

And here is the opposite side of that free-standing wall. This also captures a portion of the balcony where we hung my Christmas quilt. It is so fun to see the work together in this large, important space!

Across from my work space Carolie Hensley, owner of Cotton Patch in Lafayette, sets up a pop-up quilt shop. Carolie has been doing this for over 12 years now. What a job! But what a necessary luxury it is for the attendees to have those supplies just steps away from the class room.

I wasn’t kidding — it really is a pop-up quilt shop!

The first evening during the conference involves a gathering in Merrill Hall to introduce all of the instructors and the resident artist. A bit of anxiety here, of course.  I spoke about the events that took me from being one who makes bed quilts to becoming a fiber artist, complete with Power Point images. The first minute or so of speaking the tension was high, then I settled down and began to enjoy it. Whew! It seemed to go well — no one walked out of the hall while I was talking.

Here’s the stage, taken from the balcony.

Following the introductions there was a buzz at my work space with lots of questions about the fabric postcards, my book, how I work. Lots of fun! Janine bought a postcard for herself and her friend who wasn’t able to attend this session.

And Thera took away a couple of things for herself.

What a day this was! Time for a glass of wine with friends. Never idle, Christy finished the first of a pair of socks for her 10-month-old grandson, Oliver.

Life is more than good.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I was looking through my collection of fabric postcards the other day to create a slide show for the Postmark’d Art site when I came across this lovely postcard that Sherry Boram sent to me in 2006. Sherry is a charter member of this international group of artists who have been trading fabric postcards since 2004. She has a wicked-funny sense of humor, an always-original way of interpreting a subject in fabric and, though we have yet to meet in person, I consider her to be a dear friend.

Don’t over do the corned beef, and, by the way, Happy Spring!

Creative Living is a very good thing

In the past week I’ve received email and phone requests to purchase my book. The interested parties had seen me on TV and were excited about making fabric postcards! A bit of history here…please bear with me.

In January 2010 my publisher, C & T Publishing, alerted me that Sheryl Borden, Producer/Host of Creative Living for KENW-TV, in Portales, New Mexico, was looking for guests. I contacted Sheryl and she replied that my book fast, fun & easy Fabric Postcards and the work she saw of mine on-line looked interesting. We settled on a date in late September for my joining her at the studio to record four segments for the 2011-2012 season.

I had written a book, yes, but I had never done anything for TV. The four 8-10 minute segments I was to prepare would each be recorded in one take. Was I nuts? I was nervous but I figured “Just go for it.” I started working.

I flew into Albuquerque on September 29 and drove 250 miles east to Portales. I arrived just before Sheryl was leaving for the day. She showed me around the studio. The set consisted of a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room and a small sitting area. Guests on the show chose the most appropriate set for their segments. When I teach, I’m usually standing, so I chose to demonstrate at the dining room table. Next on tour: where I would be able to change clothes, meet the cameraman and the receptionist. Then Sheryl told me about the choices for dinner in town — a short conversation there! Sheryl was recording sessions with three guests the next day. I was first so I had to be at the studio ready to shine by 8 a.m.

I was a bit early the next day and went straight to the table provided for my preparations before recording. Nothing fancy here. Watch your step please!

The lead cameraman and Sheryl were the pros; the rest of the staff were students from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). They all worked very hard at what they were responsible for and did their best to make me feel at ease. Here I am sharing a laugh with Sheryl

Then the cameras were rolling! Here we are talking about the basic tools needed for creating fabric postcards

And in the segment devoted to the techniques one can use to create the postcards I explain what Angelina fibers are

When the recordings were done I drove back to Albuquerque.  My nerves from the day’s events and the high temperatures meant just one thing — I had to reward myself with a swim before dinner. I remember feeling the tension flow right out of my body.

What a great opportunity that was! Thank you Sheryl Borden. Thank you Creative Living.

Fabric Postcards

Lest you think that I am a one-note samba endlessly printing fern fronds for art quilts, let me share another of my obsessions with you: fabric postcards. These little treasures have been around since the 1970s at least, but my first introduction to them was in 2004 when I read an article in the summer issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. It is not an exaggeration to say that my life was changed from that moment. The potential from creating fabric postcards was clear immediately: they are ideal for experimenting with new techniques and products on the quilting market, the format requires a minimum of time and material investment and they are truly fun to send and receive.  I joined with an on-line group of artists to form Postmark’d Art  in July 2004 and we’ve been creating and trading fabric postcards ever since. C&T Publishing Inc., released my book fast, fun & easy Fabric Postcards, Keepsakes You Can Make and Mail and I have enjoyed teaching.

Need a card to celebrate a special occasion or just say “you’re special?” Why not create a unique piece of art that will be treasured for years to come?

Here is a project to whet your appetite for 4″ x 6″ art:

Quaking Aspen Bark

We’re all thinking “green” these days. With a few supplies in your studio and a bit of laundry lint, you can create “bark” that resembles one of nature’s wonders, the Quaking aspen tree.  This project will yield 6 fabric postcards.

13″ x 13″ white felt and 3″ x 13″ white felt
12″ x 12″ white fabric for address side
12″ x 12″ fast2fuse double-sided fusible stiff interfacing
Dryer lint from 1-2 loads of wash, especially dark loads of clothes
Black wool roving
Pewter Lumiere paint by Jacquard
Small paint brush
Embellishing machine, such as Janome FM-725
Sewing machine
White thread
Rotary cutter, ruler and self-healing matt
Fine-tip permanent marker (I prefer Micron pigma 01)

Optional: Image of quaking aspen trees. For the image I used click here.

Creating Quaking Aspen Bark

Step 1. Place chunks of the dryer lint on the felt background fabric and punch.

Note: Some areas may be too sparse. Place another layer of the lint and punch it in.

A good first layer of lint is punched.

Step 2. Snip small pieces of black roving and place randomly. Punch.

Roving placed randomly.

Step 3. Cut wavy strips no wider than ¼″ from the 3″ x 13″ piece of white felt. Place one strip at the edge of the background felt and punch to secure.

Felt strip punched at the edge of background felt.

Twist the strip and punch 1″ – 2″ at a time.  Continue adding strips of twisted felt until you are happy with the look.

Note: If the strip breaks, place the end of the broken strip at the end of the line already punched and continue punching.


Completed piece.

Step 4. Trim completed bark to a 12″ x 12″ square. Fuse to the 12″ x 12″ fast2fuse.

Step 5. Fuse the 12″ x 12″ white fabric to the opposite side of the fast2fuse.

Step 6. Cut the 12″ x 12″ finished bark into 6 sections, each measuring 4″ x 6″.

Step 7. Use white thread to stitch about 1/8″ from the edge around each postcard.

Step 8. Using a small brush, paint the pewter Lumiere paint to seal the edge of each postcard.

Step 9. Complete the message and address using a fine-tip permanent marker. I prefer Micron pigma 01.  Use a self-adhesive postage stamp to mail.

Need more of a jump start? Check out the Postmark’d Art site and my book.

Warning: making fabric postcards is like nibbling a finger treat; once you start, it’s hard to stop!