Commissioned Artwork

I was approached by an area woman who say my artwork at the Old Church Gallery in Cedar River, MI where I display and sell my art. She e-mailed me and requested two fabric postcards, one was a gift and the other was for herself, in which she could choose the hair colors. I suggested she could choose different eye color as well. So the one is of warm brown hair with hazel eyes (I had to be careful not to have her look like a vampire in the "Twilight" movies!) and the other is a whitish blond with blue eyes. I embellished with fabric paint, nail polish, glitter glue and loose glitter and even a little blush on a Q-tip-it's a hairdresser thing!! It was  fun to change it up a bit and not do the normal purple, orange and yellow.

Fabric Postcard Demo





My local quilt group, The Northwoods Quilters of Marniette WI and Menominee MI, will be having members demonstrating different techniques at its meeting tomorrow morning. I am showing how to do fabric postcards. I discovered this quilting project while on the internet. I signed up for a postcard exchange in 2008 through http://www.art2mail.com/. I made 24 postcards and mailed them all over the country and 2 to the UK and 2 to Australia. It was lots of fun receiving the huge variety of postcards from far away places. Also none of the 25 women knew each other but were willing to create individual quilted items for complete strangers.
The first photo has the drawing on graph paper of the design I plan to use. I make the pattern pieces and use fusible web to adhere them, Fast2Fuse for the inside stiffener, a front and back piece of fabric, Sharpie and Pigma pens to detail the image, varigated thread for the outside edge and free motion quilting and paint and glitter for bling!!

The second photo shows the different steps to completing a fabric postcard and an example of another colorway of the same design. These cards are fun and a quick way to complete a project. They can actually be mailed. The local post office will hand cancel the stamp and some post offices are more cooperative than others. I have also put the card in an envelope to mail. They make cute little pictures to stand on a shelf. I suppose a ribbon could be attached to hang the card.