The postcards were to be 4X6" and were to be mailed by March 17, no extras in them, keep it simple. What I didn't realize was that we weren't partnered up. I was given a name to make for, but she made for someone else, and my postcard came from a third person in the swap! Kind of like a Secret Santa exchange. We got one word as a jumping-off point. I gave 'water' as mine. It seems kind of odd, me being a Fire sign, Aries, but I have loved water, being in it, on it, by it, listening to it, gazing at it, my entire life, be it a river, a pond, a northern crystal lake, or the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or the almost terrifying infinity of the Pacific or Atlantic. I know all those bodies of water well. Jen @hwksgirl who lives in Chicago, (just 4 hours' drive from me!) got my name. She made me this!
Sunshine on my Shoulders, arrived safely at her house this past week.
Sadly, the postcard I made for my partner who lives in Oregon, is one of the three not-so-happy post office incidents. I wrote about it here when I hosted TGIFF, on March 15, which was the day I mailed it off to the other side of my continent. About two weeks later I got it back....incorrect postage. I don't know why the post office worker did not catch it; I had a small parcel to send at the same time, which is the third not-so-happy post office incident, so I personally gave her the postcard in its envelope with the other parcel I was mailing. Said parcel was sent off to Chicago (not to Jen, ha) taking three weeks to get there, what should have arrived in two days according to my receipt. (insert small scream) The first of the not-so-happy incidents? Helen's, of Midget Gem Quilts, Kona fat quarters and eighths that she and I traded for our Postcard from Sweden hop took six or was it eight weeks to get from Ontario to Ireland. About a week is the usual.
But back to the topic at hand, my postcard. My partner told me 'beach' for her word. Like Jen, I immediately thought tropical, and was scheming up possible beach scenes to create. And then, a little lightbulb went on in my head: maybe you should check out her blog to get a feel for the kind of beach she likes? So I did. And found she lives only a half hour from the mighty Pacific Ocean, and wonder of wonders not far at all from this very beach, Cannon Beach, a place, on a camping trip along the west coast in 2007 where we stopped to marvel, and someone else offered to take our picture against these incredible monoliths that rise up out of the ocean. (You can see that picture in my other post.)
Crafted Appliqué method, which is just so wonderful a method, especially for fine and/or tiny pieces. I'm glad I have a little stash of landscape-looking fabrics. I was so pumped when I saw the ocean water fabric! No clue where I picked that little fat quarter up, but it was perfect.
I sewed the ocean to the sky with a straight seam for the horizon, and the ocean to the sand with a gentle curve. From there I drew the appliqués and stitched around them.
Next was layering with some Thermore batting. I pulled out several threads, all Sulky rayons and one metallic Holoshimmer, and had some fun!
My mmm!quilts label is on the back with a personal message for her. I do hope it arrives in short order; it's been more than a week since I mailed it off for the second time... I know it has to go first to Windsor, and then up to Toronto, and then probably cross into the US back at the Windsor/Detroit border(!) and from there make its way across the continent.
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Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
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