The March theme will be : “I love Water”. You have until March 15th to request a postcard. For review, you can read about the 1 Million Mile Quilted Postcard Challenge on my Jan 1st post. Next week I will give you the February locations and miles.
Those familiar with Winnipeg will know it is often called ‘Winterpeg’. And with a theme like ‘Looking out my Front Door’ how could I do anything other than a winter scene? I love blizzards. The wind howling outside, and snow swirling in all directions. Actually, we have had a beautiful, mild winter so far but there are still another couple months to go.
To make these cards, I started with the smoke. I used a Sharpie permanent marker to draw the lines and then sprayed it with rubbing alcohol in order to force a bleed. The trees were next. We have green trees and brown trees in the winter, so I did some of each. Again, these were drawn on with Sharpie markers.
The houses are wishful thinking. Actually, the shapes are realistic but I really do wish we were a little more adventuresome in the colours we paint our houses. Since I am the ‘architect’ of this little scene, I built my houses out of Heat & Bond in many different colours.
- free motion embroidery on tear-away stabilizer for mounds of snow. If you use needle nose pliers to pull the stabilizer away from the threads it will create a wispy effect. You just have to be careful not to pull away all the stabilizer or you will end up plain strands of thread. How would I know that? One guess.
- shredded Bounce fabric sheets (used ones) for swirling snow. The fibers in Bounce are sheer enough to see through but strong. It also shredded nicely in small pieces.
- shredded cotton swabs for flakes of snow. I could maybe have skipped this step since the cotton is not strong but I thought it added to the overall effect.
- bridal netting cut into 1/4″ strips for wind- and to hold the Bounce and cotton (i.e. snowflakes) in place.
And what do I do on a snow day? I turn the oven on, I turn the fireplace on, I mix a batch of cinnamon buns, and I quilt. Do you remember the mystery picture I posted in January? I was mixing bread that day and a breeze caused the flour to scatter. That was my ‘search for art’ that day.
Is it any wonder I like blizzards? We may be known as Winterpeg but I am more than ok with that.
Now (drumroll)… the theme for March is: “I love Water”. We will be on a cruise in March so will be spending a number of days on the water. What do you like? Do you enjoy watching a sunset over the ocean? Do you like walking by a river? Or maybe you enjoy fishing or just watching waves. There is a lot of fabric out there with water scenes. Look in your stash for some or create your own. I would LOVE to see what you come up with.
If you want one of my postcards, send me a comment between now and March 15th.
Thanks for reading my post. Have a creative week.