When Patty of Elm Street Quilts announced her postcard exchange I thought it would be a great project for me. Online participation had been scant for me for a couple of years but I figured one little postcard should be do able. I liked the fact that we had to make a postcard only and didn't have to fuss over other things.
This was my first postcard and the exercise was not without challenges, but I was up for them! My partner Kim, gave the word Halloween as her prompt. This was the first challenge. I don't tend to make holiday projects, so I was going to have to stretch myself here. Kim doesn't have a blog, and she was new to instagram so there weren't a lot of clues there on what she might like, other than a couple of posts with wool felt applique in them. This was challenge number two. I am not a fan of applique.
I needed to come up with something that would be true to me but that I thought she would like. I let it float around in my head for a while and then I remembered I had seen a pieced block on the internet at some point that would fit the bill. I googled Halloween blocks and after a bit of sleuthing I was lead to this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman. I had thought it was cats but it turned out to be Barn Bats.
I picked some fabric that hinted at Halloween and set to piecing part of the block. I used the tutorial that Patty posted on her blog to make my postcard.
The piecing and the quilting went together nicely but I had a bit of difficulty with the edging. Edging a postcard is kind of like applique. I put it in the mail well ahead of the deadline, and then the hard part came, waiting. It seemed to take forever to receive my postcard and even longer for Kim to receive her postcard.
Here's the postcard I received from Isabel. It came all the way from New Zealand. It was definitely worth the wait! My prompt was sunny, and I saw lots of postcards on instagram that could have fit the bill. I think a lot of us were longing for the sun.
I was expecting a yellow postcard but here it came all blue, my favourite colour and it meets the theme in it's title New Zealand first to see the sun. How cool is that! You can see that Isabel loves applique and is a master at it. I had a lot of fun participating in the postcard exchange and I would do it again. I'm sure I'll be better at the edging the next time. I might even try applique.
Here are the bloggers participating in the hop.
Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d'Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC's Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts (thats me)
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music
Valerie @ Val's Quilting Studio
Dione @ Clever Chameleon Quilting
I'm looking forward to seeing their postcards. Let's go check them out!