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July 13, 2018
Artistic Protest Postcards and Signs for People with Bad Handwriting from Gefilte Quilt

My husband and I marched for refugees last weekend. We had to do something. We also came up with the sign below. I so appreciate and enjoy the creative, funny, heartrending, sincere signs people carry to marches for good causes. I was determined to do one for this march. My handwriting is terrible, but one thing I've learned from quilting is that anyone can cut out presentable, even enjoyable, lettering.

Before the march, when the news story of the separation of babies from their parents first broke, I sent money to a consortium of refugee assistance agencies, here.  Then ...

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April 13, 2018
Freemotion Quilted Hebrew Alphabet Postcard Tutorial from Gefilte Quilt

How's your Hebrew? Mine could be much better, but that didn't stop me from making thirteen 4" x 6" quilted Hebrew alphabet postcards for a recent exchange.
A little closer: 


One example: This is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, 'aleph.' 
Mystics saw its structure as a ladder between heaven and earth (Can you see the ladder on the far left?) The rest of the background is freemotion quilted with objects that begin with aleph, including pears,  pineapple, ears, fire, and lion. OK, they're very sketchy, but they're there! 

These cards were made for my ...

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April 7, 2018
Postcard Blog Hop from On The Go Quilting

Last month I joined a Postcard Exchange hosted by Patti over at Elm Street Quilts.  You can go HERE to read about it and see the complete postcard parade but check out my page first.

Several of us have agreed to share our two postcards, both the one we sent and the one we received , here on our blogs during this Blog Hop.  There’s also a Postcard Parade going on over at Pattie’s blog and you see about 100 fabric postcards there.

We were each asked to give the typical personal information; name and address; as well as ...

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March 19, 2018
National Letter Writing Month and Fairy Rings from Bayou Quilts

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month 

I like to send and receive personal mail and have participated in several challenges in the past, but now my goal is simply to send as much mail as I feel like--no more, no less.  The "feel like" varies from week to week and month to month.  :)   April may see more mail making its journey, although I won't participate in a challenge.

If you don't usually send personal mail and want to get involved with snail mail in April, 

here are a few things you can do to prepare:

*Create ...

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December 3, 2017
Quilting Elvis: Small Holiday Postcard = Big Gift from Gefilte Quilt

Uh oh! The holidays are upon us! If you're still stuck for a fast gift to make for people who deserve  more than an e-card, consider a quilted fiber art postcard. If you use novelty fabrics from your stash or LQS, they can be thoughtful, personal, and fun, all at the same time. (If elegant is more your style, consider making batik postcards, instead.)

Here's one of my latest:

(Elvis is singing Shalom, which means hello/goodbye/peace in Hebrew. Elvis had a non-secret Jewish  history!) The card is one of six I made in September:

This one ...

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October 24, 2017
Its a Thread Thing from I Have A Notion

I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but Thread is my thing!!! It is how I learned so much about needles and the best one for the job. Well that is not exactly true, it was Free Motion Quilting that led me down that path, but much of what is true for the Quilting part is also true for the Free Motion 'Threadplay' part. So I thought that my next logical step would be to do some show and tell ..

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