Isn’t it just fabulous that we still can relate to Jane Austen today? Take look at my newest cards in my shop: quiltingcafe.etsy.com. Her words are still so true.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.”

“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

Jane Austen knew how to say it. Don’t you know someone who would enjoy these gems. Mail them or keep it for yourself and frame them.
Three 4″ X “6 Quilted Postcards. Raw-edge quotation is also cotton. Actual cotton batting used. I first made the mini-quilt and then attached it onto timtex stiffening and the cardstock. This process makes the card puffy and soft like an actual quilt. These mini-quilts are quilted with shiny variegated thread. Postcard is finished with fabric binding or overcasted yellow and orange thread.
Can be sent through the mail for 28 cents and arrives in perfect shape. Card Stock back for easy writing. If you have any questions, please contact me either through my shop or quilt.cafe@yahoo.com
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I have listed some new cards today in my etsy shop: quiltingcafe.etsy.com. These are not only fun for me to make but also very sentimental. My father transferred 40 years of family pictures onto the computer. Since he took only 35mm slides with his Zeiss Ikon , the transfer quality is always excellent.

When making my postcards, I usually choose the photographs first and then find a quotation to go with it. Then the real fun starts! Picking out the fabrics and materials which will enhance the photographs.

A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” The first pic is taken outside St. Viator’s Church on Addison on the northwest side of Chicago. I have many pictures of my mother in this hat. The hat is actually made out of velvet. I think she still has in the back of her closet.

“He who sings, frightens away his ills.” This is a quote by Don Quixote in the play “Man of La Mancha. My parents loved to give large dinner parties. Afterwards, the party would continue to the living room. My father would play the piano and sing. He even bought a micro phone. You can see others loved to join in! They were great parties. I know this to be true because I could hear them laughing from my bedroom into the wee hours of the night.

“I love you not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” These are friends of my parents taken in 1953. The words are the first line of a poem that was read at my wedding. These words still ring true after over 27 years!

” It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can be stupid with them.” The last picture was taken in August of 1969. I have no idea what is going on with the pineapple, but it must be funny. My family was visiting friends in up state New York outside of Poughkeepsie. My dad’s friend suggested that we should take the back roads out because they were more scenic. Encountering an incredible traffic jam, my dad, rolled down the window, and asked some people walking along the side of the road what was going on. It was a music concert and It took us 3 hours to get down the road. Later, we found out it was Woodstock. I was 16 at the time, and told everyone “I was at Woodstock!”

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What to do with those wonderful scraps of fabric, trim, appliques? Turn them into a postcard! Send the postcard for birthdays, holidays, graduations. I have sent these to all parts of the country and they arrive in perfect condition. I guarantee this card won’t be thrown away.

When choosing the size for your card, why not think about frame sizes? These will be cherished and will look great in a frame. Here is the easiest step by step instructions for a 4″ X 6″ postcard.

  1. Supplies: 4″ X 6″ quilt front. I like to make it a little bigger and trim it later. 4″ X 6″ postcard back. I madke my postcard backs on microsoft word and print it on card stock for writing ease. 4″ X 6″ 2-sided iron-on Timtex, a heavy interfacing stabilizer. 24″ trim. Invisible thread and overcast foot.~

2. Iron quilt front to one side of Timtex. ~
3. Iron the postcard back to other side of the Timtex . ~
4. Trim all sides using postcard back as guide. It is okay if the postcard is not exactly 4″ X 6″.

5. Using an overcast foot and invisible thread, sew trim to edge of card. ~
6. This is what the back of the card looks like. ~
7. This is the front of the card. ~
8. Put on a 27 cent stamp and make someone smile!~
Please comment and let me know if you have any questions.
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I just had to add these bad girls and their funny sayings to my tattoo girl postcards. Here’s one for either side in a divorce. I can think of a few I would like to yell this to!!! Here is one for the woman with the sexually challenged man…minus the romance for sure.

Honey, if I had 4 martinis I would be in the bathroom. But doesn’t Dorothy Parker say it so well? Do you know anyone this may pertain too, or would be funny just to send it to. Well, it is an old saying, but after a certain age, we ladies know it is true!
To purchase these and other fun cards…see my site: quiltingcafe.etsy.com
These cards have been so much fun to design. I love experimenting with different fabrics together; pushing the envelope, so to speak. Instead of using a fabric binding, I used my overcast foot with gold thread over gold braid. It really gives it a nice clean, sparkly finish.
These cards are larger at 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″than the regular 4″ X 6″ postcards. How did I come up with that size?  It is half a sheet of cardstock. so when I print the back, I get exactly 2 postcards with no waste. This is a great size for a picture frame. Also, you can write more on the back. These took more time because I buttonhole stitched around each piece of the tree. You can see the layers of the tree really pop!
Come and see the detail of these great cards in my shop:
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Time was, sending out Christmas cards was a time-honored tradition. One not to be messed with. Lists were made. Names were checked off as cards were sent as well as received. Every precaution was made so that no one was left out.The cards were displayed in inventive ways with pride. It was always a part of the decorating scheme. So many were usually sent out that printing the signature line became de rigueur. Businesses also sent them out. Even address books came with a separate line for each name to keep track of Christmas cards sent and received.
However, soon flocked Christmas cards with elaborate designs gave way to cheap photo cards made at the local drug store. Time to show off pictures of the kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, and vacation shots. Ho hum.
With today’s busy schedules and the general cost of postage, we think twice about to whom we send cards. This may be the one time of the year that our high school friend or college roommate hears from us. Maybe there is a lonely aunt who whose day would be brightened with a special card. Certain in-laws get them, others, do not. However, who wants to spend money on something that will eventually be thrown away? Enter the quilted fabric postcard.
Fabric postcards have long been the rage in the quilting world. It started as a way to experiment with new techniques and exchange with other quilters. Usually a stiffener is added as the batting layer for easier mailing. The 4 X 6 inch cards cost only 27 cents to mail.
Today it is a booming business on etsy.com. Therefore, I have just added 5 new holiday cards to my Postcards and Quotations series for the Holidays. The cards use old photographs, raw edge applique, and landscape techniques.I will be adding more cards up until the holidays, so stop back often if only for a giggle for the day at quiltingcafe.etsy.com.
Don’t forget, you can always request a magnet to your order…these make great refridgerator magnets!

Quilting is really the ultimate in green.  After all, I don’t throw away a scrap.  My quilting studio is a testament to that.  I reuse vintage materials, repurpose my daughter’s jeans into quilts, and recycle where I can.
Quilt Studio

Quilt Studio

So when I heard a Louisville MOMs Group is having a Recycle, Repurpose, and Reuse theme at their next meeting, I knew my shop would fit the bill.   The Louisville Brightside organizer coming to speak on things to help in Louisville and they always prepare a packet to give to each mom. Since they might be interested in my products with Christmas coming up, and going green being such a hot topic, I am sending them my cards with vintage ribbon attached.  I have also donated these folk art postcard and magnets for a door prize.

Hope they have a great meeting and I certainly look forward to hearing from them.