triangles and fabric postcards

So again the week, the day got away with me and I didn’t get much done this week. I did get these denim triangles pieced:


It was fun to try out my new templates.  I am still learning about bias.  Also, if you try to attach more than four you need to have an odd one.  In other words, if you make sets that are an even number only they will not attach to each other.  So you need to make sets in even and odd numbers.

I will show you a cool project that I finished a couple weeks ago and never posted.  It was my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday so Steve and I decided to make her a fabric postcard.  I haven’t made one for a long time but she always loved them.


She always signs her cards “you are loved” so we sent love back to her. Here is the back:


We did actually mail this on her birthday so it was postmarked on her birthday.   I have to admit making this was really fun and only took me one morning.  If you decide to make a project like this, remember if you are mailing without a envelope you need to sew some paper onto your card.

wow- it’s been a while

Yes, it has been a whole week since I was here! I was sick these past few days, which made the craziness of Christmas even crazier.  I got very little done so I only have these small objects to show you:

DSC04374They are wish paper I made on my computer with stars cut out and paper put on the back.  Steve and I put recycled cards behind the cut out stars.  I think they turned out nice.  Now they need to be framed and put on card stock.

grads and weddings

Life converges sometimes and things kind of all come together.  We were blessed to be invited to two special events this weekend.  The first was a wedding, for my cousin.  So I made the card above, with a red rose for love.  Steve helped.

Then our dear church friends’ son graduated.  This card has a real tiny tassel that I made.  I was really pleased how they both turned out.   Sometimes simple is best.

finished doll quilts

Here are the two finished doll quilts.  I brought them up a few weeks ago  to our family Christmas gathering for my little nieces.  It is so fun to have a couple of little girls to sew for.  I wanted Mary Beth to have a matching quilt for her baby dolls to the quilt I gave her. It’s always fun for the cousins to have matching gifts. We always make lists for the kids for the Christmas exchanges. When I got their lists and there was no mention of baby dolls or clothes, I had a little panic attack.   I quickly called my mom and asked her if they still played with baby dolls.  She said they still did, so I finished these up for them.

Here’s a picture of my little niece opening it up:

I stole this photo from my sister’s blog : joys of childhood. Isn’t she sweet?  She is still little enough that she might be able to use it for a nap, too!

new post cards

It was my son’s birthday and my other son birthday is coming up so I made several cards to use as thank you notes.

I used calenders to cut out patches of color and then attach them to small pieces of photo paper.  On these I colored some dots with marker, also.  Steve said that was a little much.

I love these three because two of them are like exclamation points.  The one on the left is the Washington monument.  See if you can guess which two were made by Steve.  That is one of the things I love about him.  If you bring him a bunch of materials and a finished card he can springboard his own ideas and visual stamp on them on a dime.  Then, I can build on what he is doing.

One of these is his, and one of these we did jointly.

This last one is my favorite:

I made it, but I think it really reminds me of two of Steve’s assemblages Under the waterfall and Lovers in Spring.

graduation card

graduation card

Here’s a card I made for a friend for graduation.  It was card stock base with a bag I got from a music store.  I cut out the image and added the word “you” to the image.  I cut the image in three pieces to make the rock in the middle sections.  I colored the “you” to match the letters.


Here’s an odd little bit of something I made.  What will it be?  I don’t know.  It may be a tiny quilt. It may be part of a card.  I made it several weeks ago, and as of yet it doesn’t have a home.  This is why my sewing room is so cluttered.

new cards new year

Poor teddy, I have had him since I was a little girl.  He is so worn and now both of my kids are grown beyond the years that a teddy would even be an idea, much less a worn out little guy like him.  I keep on thinking of covering his whole body with a new fabric, but as of yet have not worked up the energy.
s and I worked on these cards for thank you cards for the boys’ Christmas presents and they came out beautifully.  I have been watching a lot of work on tissue paper on Pokey’s quilting show on PBS.  Finally, I got it going.  These all recycled cards except the thread.  Even the tissue paper was from some presents we received.
Anyway, I am so blessed with great friends and family.  We received so many beautiful things, and I am so grateful.

accomplishment 2008

Last day of 2008, a good day to look forward – and back.
Things completed in 2008:
Best: red quilt, mom’s little quilt for 60th birthday, Jan’s fabric postcard
Most appreciated: Eliott’s jeans
Weirdest: purple pj remix
Still in progress:  Lizard quilt, Grandmother’s flower garden