Have you ever been told “It’s better to give than to receive?” I think we all have. It was a bit of a confusing concept when I was young, but with experience in gift giving and a bit of hindsight, I’ve come to understand the meaning behind the phrase. After all, gift giving is a universal way to show interest, appreciation and gratitude as well as to strengthen bonds with others. And there’s no higher compliment to family or friends than receiving a homemade gift with personal touches reflecting the recipients personality, shared experiences and likes.
So many things quickly become “a thing” nowadays….and typically only last until the next “thing” comes along. I was thinking about this as I made Holiday fabric postcards to send to my family and close friends. There’s an emotional lift in giving a gift from the heart that makes me feel good…and nothing replaces that feeling for me. I love watching the recipient’s face for that moment of realization when they recognize THE personal touch. The card above will be given to my daughter-in-law with her son’s photo in the snow globe. It was taken the day he learned he would be having a baby sister soon….his shirt depicts a construction vehicle and reads “Can you dig it? I’m going to be a big brother” in other words, a tangible memory of a treasured moment.
This fabric postcard, “A Cool Dude”, offers the perfect opportunity to add those personal touches to make the lucky recipient realize just how special they are to you. The photo you choose could be a snow scene, a winter sport, a pet, a vacation destination, or that of a loved one. From now through December 25th, this fabric postcard pattern will be on sale on my Craftsy site. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the “glass” globe and “snow” are actually made of items I’m certain you have readily available in your home. I hope you’ll have the time to visit my shop at https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/A%20Cool%20Dude/535669
…and in doing something positive, you’ll attract more of the same … a good habit to get into as we look to make resolutions for 2018!
Each year I spend a great deal of time choosing holiday cards, writing individualized handwritten notes in each and addressing them to mail to family and friends….and each year I feel more old-school. We’ve all become so accustomed to sending greetings via technology that holiday cards are feeling obsolete. I admit to having a subscription to an electronic card service that I use throughout the year, not only because I can schedule to send the cards weeks beforehand, but because sending cards can be quite expensive. Soooo…..I’ve been thinking recently of making my own holiday cards this year in the form of fabric postcards because “no one displays an email on a mantel or shows off a tweet on the fridge, or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures…” Add to this the price of the cards. Hmmmm….at this point I made myself a cup of mocha and gave it more thought….
Fabric postcards are unique and one of a kind for the most part as they are not mass produced. I would be able to personalize each pc as to color, memorabilia, special interests, shared experiences, pets, photos….while also sending the message that they are worth the time to make something special for…a genuine expression of affection and caring OR I might design a new pc each year to send to everyone, much the same as buying a box of holiday cards.
On a more practical level, pc’s are real stash busters when it comes to materials and supplies. They require scrap-size amounts of fabrics and use a small amount of fusibles and embellishments. All of the materials and products I’ve purchased without an actual project in mind are fair game for this endeavor. I have to say I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of making pc’s, from designing to embellishing to choosing the techniques. I’m always working on exploring or refining my skills with either a new technique or with a new product….holiday pc’s offer the perfect opportunity… complete with a theme. Pc’s are a small commitment in both time and materials.
Well…the mocha is gone and I’ve made my decision…I’ve decided to give this a try this season…I’ll continue to post my holiday pc’s as I complete them…would like to know what you think…what you would add…how you might make it yours…
Remember….handmade items are about people, their skill and the magic of their imagination….
Well…this is me jumping back in! I’ve used the time away to reorganize QuiltingsByKathy, to refine my skills and to realign my goals. I’ve met a lot of inspirational and talented people on this journey and honestly look forward to meeting many more. I learn something from everyone I meet. One of the smartest things I did for myself, as well as the most enjoyable, was to join the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Trumbull, Ct. The amount of talent, knowledge and skill collectively that amasses each time we gather is awe inspiring. The presenters are some of the best in the U.S. and cover a wide range of quilting techniques and materials. But what I love most about the guild is the willingness to share and give to those who need it, whether it be quilting-related with one of our members or to groups who work first hand with those less fortunate.
And…come Tuesday, September 19th, I will be presenting a class to the Ct Piecemakers on “The Cottage”, the fabric postcard art piece you see pictured above. Each fabric postcard I’ve designed uses a focused technique and/or material. One of the spell binding aspects of this form of quilting is that fabric postcards require a small amount of time and materials. The perfect venue for trying something new. I will be sharing a variety of ways to use this art form, including display and swapping.
Talk about meeting people….I have boxes of fabric postcards I’ve swapped with other enthusiasts from around the world…Australia, Germany, England, etc. With each new fabric postcard that arrives in my mailbox I continue to learn something new again, whether it be the form of binding, a technique, a new use for something old or even a new material I’ve not come across yet.
I hope you’ll check back with me following Tuesday’s class as I will be posting photos of the class.
I leave you today with my first thought of autumn….