Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Words of Life - Postcard Swap II

 I recently spent an afternoon doing "playing" as I waited for the delivery of the flannel backing I had ordered for the latest commissioned t-shirt quilt.  

My friend, Mark Montano, had announced a second postcard swap since his first was a resounding success and there were many that had missed it and wanted a second chance.

I had a new idea for postcards... quilted, of course!  I wanted to create some in the likes of the hand-sewn hello card I made in the World full of hearts post in April.

I chose some "words of wisdom" fabric.  Now, I'm not sure this is the actual name for the fabric and I have no idea who made it... but the words were encouraging words.

I made confetti with assorted red/white print fabrics and shaped a heart and then placed a small piece of tulle over the confetti and did free motion quilting to hold the confetti in place.  I added some matchstick quilting to make some texture.  I then placed a piece of cardstock to the back and stitched the perimeter of the edges into place.

When I had used all of the encouraging words fabric I pulled out some fall quotes fabric.  Using orange and green confetti I made pumpkins...

It was nearly time to call it a day and go make dinner so I grabbed a strip of leaf fabric and made two cards with banners...

Here's the set of 10 cards I sent off for the swap...

Last week was a very short week for me since we had taken a "holiday" with some friends at their family cabin (and then had grandchildren arrive for a two-night sleepover).  

When you enter the house it is like taking a step back in time... the furniture and furnishings are of another era... a time of simplistic necessities and a sense that love, joy and laughter have filled this house to the rafters.  

Upon our return home I quickly got back to the quilting of the t-shirt quilt since the backing had arrived.  

I had prepped the binding ahead of time so it was ready when I was ready...

And now that it is complete, it is ready to be sent off to its new home.  

Block #14 of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along was published on schedule and I hope to see some of the Owl Blocks link up soon.  Have you grabbed your pattern yet?  The letter is short and the block is an easy one to piece.  Be sure to join the fun!

Since I completed the tasks I had stated two weeks ago...

Ten postcards for the second postcard swap 

✔ I'll be writing again... the next letter and pattern for the sew along will be published October 22.

✔ If the red flannel backing for the t-shirt quilt arrives, I'll be quilting that as well.

 What do I have lined up for the coming week?

❧  I will be making items for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes...  I have fabric pulled to make shorts for little boys and skirts for the girls.

❧  Something else... not sure what, but surely there will be something that captures my attention!

I didn't even mention that we had to come up with costumes for a Harvest Celebration... We had a hunter, a rubik cube and a clown. 

It is time like these that we never question why we keep something around... those clown pants utilized some flannel that is probably about 20 years old and a pattern that is pushing 50 years old.  LOL!

When was the last time you used something that has been hanging around for, what some would consider, way too long? 

Piece Happy!


Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along
that features vintage Kansas City Star quilt blocks!
Linking with:

To Do Tuesday at Home Sewn By Us
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch
Creative Compulsions at Bijou Bead Boutique
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy


  1. The postcards are so uplifting!
    I would definitely love to stay in the cabin! So peaceful!
    The children had lots of fun dressing up, I am sure! :)

  2. Hi Melva! I think that's the perfect name for that fabric - words of wisdom. Oh yes, please! Laugh out loud, Dream Big, and Be Yourself are definitely words to live by. Boy, you made quick work of that t-shirt quilt. It looks great! I have printed the Owl block but haven't even had time to enjoy and read the letter yet. Today for sure - I hate missing any of them. Great impromptu costumes - yes, that is the exact reason we hang on to some stuff. It's the you-never-know school of thought. Like I have to go BUY some small pumpkin buckets because I disposed of my old ones and now I want to make a Halloween basket for the littles since they can't trick or treat. I knew I shouldn't get rid of them! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Fun postcards! Glad you got to have a chance to get away. I have a question for you: I am ready to longarm a t-shirt quilt, but it has some really puffy writing that's almost like thick paint. Would you quilt over the top of it? I really don't want to gum up my machine.

  4. Fun post cards and costumes! The cabin looks like where my brother lives.

  5. Your postcards are great! I actually pulled an old piece of fabric from my stash today to make a quilt back - not sure exactly how old it is, but I can't remember a time it wasn't in my stash!

  6. Such fun postcards, Melva! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions.


  7. Those postcards are cute! Love the words of encouragement. Your grandkids look adorable in their costumes. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. Lovely postcards, and this cabin looks very welcoming.
    Thanks for sharing!