Thursday, August 4, 2011

Stitching Up Postcards

I've been spending time in front of the sewing machine doing one of my new favorite things--sewing paper!  I have been making a few postcards, candidates for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap being hosted by Beth at Do What You Love.
She reports that around 180 people from 20 countries across the world have signed up for the swap.  This marks the fourth swap she has hosted, and the theme this time around is "bloom." 

Truth be told, I kind of forgot about the theme while I was making the postcards.  Thank goodness, I think they still qualify!

My swap partner lives in Argentina.  Take a look at my three candidates, and let me know which one you think I should send to her!

Here's Postcard #1:
And a detail:
Here's Postcard #2:
And a detail:
Here's Postcard #3:
And a detail:
Which of the three postcards do you think should be on its way to Argentina?

If anyone is interested in swapping with me for the other two, we can do a little "mini-swap".  Let me know if you're interested!

There will be another Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap sometime in the fall, so if you want to participate, keep your eye on Beth's site.

EDIT:  I almost forgot to mention my huge debt of inspiration for the postcards, which came from the article, "Scrappy Paper Quilting" in the Winter 2011 edition of Sew Somerset.  I fell in love with Jane Eileen's work there, and couldn't wait to get behind the sewing machine to try out some scrappy paper quilting for myself!


Joyfulploys said...

I like all of them, but my choice...if I had to pick for myself...would be #3. I hope you have a good weekend coming up.
Mary said...

These are beautiful!
I would choose #1.
If you need to take any of those extras off your hands, I'd be glad to receive one :] (heheeheee)

Carin Winkelman said...

Ooh, those are some pretty pretty cards. I think I like card #1 the best.

VivJM said...

I think they are all wonderful, but number 1 is my favourite!

Andria said...

Thank you for the feedback, ladies. I love the bright, contrasting colors in #1...I think that's the one I'll send! :-)

Christel said...

Beautiful cards. Was thinking about making them as well :) Thank you for your comment on my blog. It's indeed from the book 'playing with books'.

This afternoon I went to our local thrift store and bought 28 (:)) books for different project...

Christel said...

Oh and I like number three the best... for myself hahaha... Swap for some mini envelopes with dutch cities on it? My email address is christelnolle at gmail dot com

laurie said...

oh, andria - these are beautiful!!! it looks like so much work and love went into making them. postcard swaps are the best - let me know if you hear of any others because i'd love to join in.

Beth said...

Gorgeous! Your swap partner is very lucky... Thank you for joining in!

lori vliegen said...

i think that your swap-pal in argentina would be thrilled to receive any of these......they really are ALL fantastic!! xo

lee said...

My vote is #1, though I love them all , I like the color on #1

Parabolic Muse said...

Andria, I would LOVE to do a swap with you some time. I'm just so booked right now that I can't do anything else for awhile. I hope you'd enjoy swapping with me in future?

These are really so well made. I love that paper fabric type look. Your stitching is impeccable. I don't sew much, but I would love to do it more often. When I sew paper I'm hesitant to use floss or anything thicker than the thin thread.

Parabolic Muse said...

I forgot to pick one! I really like the second one the best, with the flowers and the sunburst stitches. It's really pretty.

Andria said...

Thanks, all! I am looking forward to swapping with Lee and Christel for the cards in the post, and with April with something new I will come up with! And Laurie and Chris, I'm up for individual swaps any time; just let me know! :-)

aimee said...

andria, i love them! i'd go for #1 because I love travel and maps!

iHanna said...

I think all of them are beautiful, and I agree with you, stitching paper scraps is so much fun! I must sign up next time for this swap. :-)

Regina said...

Aw, these are all awesome. Sorry I missed out on the swapping. #2 is my fave! I love orange and turquoise together.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh what fun. I love your Postcards. On WOYWW I am showing my little bottles finally. And yours is right in the center!!! Summer is just flying by and we finally are enjoying some cooler outside weather. Now we need rain to rest and catch up on indoor projects. Enjoy the weekend.

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