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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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!

Just added these great caractitures of teachers to my Etsy shop. There are 15 different types, from kindergarten to professor. Teachers can never have too many magnets for their white/black boards, doors, and file cabinets. This blondie is for my daughter, Victoria, who is in her first year of teaching English at Grayslake Central High School. We are so very proud of her!

The “teacher” stands 6″ high and is made from Loralie Designs “Roll Call”. She is stiffened with timtex interfacing. Her back is covered with white felt and a magnet. I have edged her with bright cording finished with an overcast stitch. The vibrant colors and cute caricature make this a very fun gift to give to your favorite teacher. This one would be great for a kindergarten or art teacher.
They can also be fashioned an ornament with a vintage ribbon added. By by painting the hair, I can change blonde or red into brown, or darken up lighter hair. It is really fun to add her name, the student’s name, and year for a great remembrance. I also have some great quotes to put on the back; for example: As long as there are tests in school, there will be prayer.
To see all the “teachers” for choices, please check this site: http://www.loraliedesigns.com/FabricShow/Product/CoolSchool.html as well as my shop in the above side link.
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.