Actually it's way past time to panic. I make about 80 postcards for Christmas every year and I usually have a couple of design ideas and have even started making them by now. I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized that I hadn't done anything to start planning the cards for this year. I don't even have a germ of an idea.
Off to Pinterest and an hour later I have a few seeds of an idea and one rule. The rule is that this year's designs have to be fast and easy. I don't have time to stitch shibori trees like last year.
Sometime a card design starts with a design idea, sometimes (like the shibori tree) with a technique and sometimes it starts with materials. The first cards I'm working on are going to use these scraps from my Rainbow quilt. I have an idea of bright trees on a black and white background.
This is a high volume production operation so I start with my favorite bolt of Mistyfuse and a long piece of Stiffy stabilizer (much less expensive than Timtex).
I found this black and white fabric in the stash that looks a little like snow at night. I'm fusing the whole piece to the interfacing. I do this a little at a time spreading out the Mistyfuse and fabric as I go.
Within an hour last night I had 31 cards cut out and ready for embellishment. I'll get started on that later today.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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