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Having Sew Much Fun

Today was a big postcard production day. I want to have several packaged for sale at the Cathedral Art Show. We had a discussion a while back about working small and whether it is possible to do really good design in such a small  format. I don’t know if it is possible or not, but I sure love making them. Here are the fruits of a couple of day’s work.

This is called simply Abstract Shadows


These are Indigo Fireworks I and II. These are made from some of the art cloth from my Dunnewold class. There are discharged and shibori images with hand stitching.


Pear and Spring Tree


Trois Poires and Portland Pink Snow The pink snow cards were inspired by Mia, my granddaughter. In the spring, trees with clouds of pink blossoms abound around Portland. When the petals fall to the ground, you get pink snow, according to Mia.


And more Portland Pink Snow


Here is the last of the Sue Benner class pieces. This uses many antique kimono fabrics. I have added beads for some texture. It is called Kimono Collage.


Here is a close-up:


12 Responses to “Having Sew Much Fun”

  1. PaMdora says:

    I love Indigo Fireworks and Kimono College — wish I could have been at your sale! Gorgeous neighborhood you’ve moved to! Good thing it’s liberal with a capital L! ha ha

  2. sonji hunt says:

    Gerrie, I love all your delicious postcards. Of course you know that I think we can all work smallsmallteenytiny and make superfantastic work. They become little jewels. Plus, you can carry them with you while you make them or after you have purchased them or received them. Whenever I get a fabric postcard, I carry it around in my satchel so I can sneak a peek at it to brighten up my mood. I am crazy for kimono fabric. Your postcard reminds me of a section of a Keiko Goke quilt. Best Wishes selling the work at the Cathedral. I’m certain they will get snapped up quickly. PS. I think that I want to move now.

  3. Croque-choux says:

    I really love the Indigo Fireworks- Thanks for all the eye candy Gerrie!

  4. Liz Berg says:

    These are all great! I really like the ones using the indigo from Jane’s class…the hand stitching just really sets them off.

  5. Micki says:

    These are all fantastic. I especially like the Pink Snow ones.

  6. Jamie Fingal says:

    Love your postcards! WOW… they are so inspirational. Beautiful colors. I love the pears with polka dots. Thanks for sharing…from one blogger to another.

  7. Judy says:

    Yummmy!!! They are all wonderful but then my personal faves are the gorgeous Japanese, followed closely by the poires and the pink snow. Even before I read it, I just knew that those were inspired by Mia!!!

  8. DebR says:

    The postcards are all just wonderful. I like them all, but my personal favorite has to be the three pears.

  9. lisa says:

    glad to see you at work again!

  10. Acey says:

    I just rented Memoirs of a Geisha for a few extra days so I could drool over the section in the extra features that details the way they approximated 1920’s & 30’s kimono fabric via customized painting. Have you seen or heard about it? They worked primarily with stencils and air guns, layer upon layer.

    Working with the indigo yukata fabrics is so restful. Your postcards prove that combining the types and eras of Japanese fabric is very exciting! I haven’t tried that before, but now I will.

    It’s fun to watch the postcard content switch from the cali vineyard turf to portland. Aside from a good eye, you seem to have a very well developed ‘feel’ for Place.

  11. dee says:

    I love the “pink snow” cards and the Japanese are so graphic and colorful. Looks like you are really getting comfy in your new digs(which by the way are gorgeous)As always, your work is stunning…can’t wait to see what’s next now that you have studio and light.

  12. I guess I’m a sucker for blue because I absolutely love your indigo fireworks! Good luck at the Cathedral show–I hope you sell ALL your lovely postcards. I am considering making postcards if I have a show in January. Of course, I’d have to finish enough larger quilts to fill the show first πŸ˜‰