Fabric Postcard

picture of fabric postcard with various surface design techniques









I really enjoy making fabric postcards.  You have nothing to lose when working small – and the payoff, when you get something you like, is an immediately useful little piece of art that you can keep in a folder for reference for making larger pieces, or you can use it by sending it to someone.  You can add stitching – by hand or machine – or not. What could be more personal?

This postcard is for a colleague at work who has been a great support to me when we had some difficult things to get done and we both felt like tearing our hair out.  She confided once that what she REALLY wanted to do was be a park ranger.  So my farewell gift to her is this little card.

I painted the fabric with paints,and sun-printed with gum leaves from my garden.  The quote and walking boots are from thermofax screens I made.


More little Narooma quilts

There are a number of charming little boat sheds around town that I pass on my cycling expeditions.  This is my favourite

photograph of old boatshed in NaroomaThis photo was taken a couple of years ago when we first moved here.  I love the colours and the peeling paint.  Unfortunately, it was vandalised a while back and they replaced the door,

photograph of old boatshed in narooma

so now it looks like this – that new green door may be an improvement from a security perspective, but definitely not an aesthetic one.

Here are some other local sheds

These have inspired these little quilts.

small quilt featuring boatshed


image of a postcard showing Narooma buildings

I don’t actually live in Narooma, but about six kilometres away.  But Narooma is where I go to shop, visit the library, fuel up the car etc.  A lot of buildings have a distinctive roof line which has now been decreed by the council as being the preferred design for new buildings.

This postcard illustrates the style well.  I would credit the photographer and link to his/her website if I could – but unfortunately, that info is printed in the bottom left hand side, over an image of the marine rescue station, and is completely unreadable…hmmm.  UPDATE: I have since been advised that the photographer is Brett Thompson – http://brettthompson.com.au/historiccards.html.

On my frequent bike rides around town I stop and photograph the many local signs for oysters, fish etc.  I created a little boat shed from hand dyed fabric, and made a thermofax screen from one of the local signs.

photo of small quilt showing Narooma boat shed with oyster sign

I have made several of these now and will load them up as I finish the quilting/facings.  They are quite addictive and a good way to experiment with layouts and techniques – including my machine quilting which has never been my strong point, and which I am determined to improve.  Practicing new stuff on a small scale makes it seem less challenging, don’t you think?


Today is mother’s day – or should that be “mothers’ day”?

Anyway a few years ago I made a little piece to celebrate my mother.

More recently I made this piecesmall quilt with image of a young woman, using a piece of recycled damask, which I rusted, then printed with thermofax screens.

It was only after I did it that I realised there were common elements in both pieces – rust dyeing, recycling of fabric (the earlier piece has fabric from one of my mother’s dresses – in this piece the green silk is from my youngest daughter’s Year 12 formal dress), the use of green, her favourite colour, writing, and of course, an image of my mother.

Her maiden name was Messerevy – an old Channel Island family, and the family motto is – To the valiant heart nothing is impossible.