Wednesday, February 11, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Be My Valentine

I'm generally not one for swaps.  I find it way too stressful trying to make something for someone I don't know.  I almost passed when the lovely Tulsa Tiff invited me to join her Valentine swap but since I was on vacation and feeling relaxed and my kids had already told me they would NOT be doing photo Valentines this year it seemed like a good idea.  Then I read the fine print and realized I'd signed up to make 24 Valentines.  Ugh!!!

I spent a fair amount of time procrastiquilting which bothered absolutely no one but finally with the deadline looming it was time to buckle down and make it happen.  Of course once I actually started I really enjoyed making these.

My original idea was to make fabric postcards but then I saw these adorable thank you cards made by Rachel at Stitched In Color.  Now it seems like everyone is making these!!!  I started by running the cards through the printer to print my message on the inside and then sewed my various designs on to the front.  It's a little weird sewing through paper but using a longer stitch length and a jeans needle worked pretty well.

 It was a great opportunity to use up scraps from some of my recent projects...  more French General anyone?

I used various compositions for each card...  3 of anything seems to be my limit:-)

The best part really has been receiving Valentine's from all around the world.  It's like being back in grade school:-)  Each one is unique and it reminds me how lucky I am to be part of the fabulous community of makers!  Will you be giving hand made Valentine's this year?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Sharing the love with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

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