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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SYS 2015 - My finished project and other annoucements

Last week Kristel shared a cool tutorial for a fun Firefly-themed fabric postcard :).
You can find the tutorial on the SYS2015 page!

Announcement 1: My project is done! 

I won't use this as a postcard but as a bookmark instead! This is why I picked a more "Firefly" themed fabric for the back (and added a quote from the tv series... click the image to zoom in).

This is my first time EVER trying applique! and wow, it was easier than I thought! It was challenging to handle pieces of fabric that are that skinny... but with a lot of acceptance for imperfections and a little bit of practice, I think I can say that I like this technique.
I also added some micro stippling in the background to make the card more rigid: again, not perfect but it serves its purpose!

Announcement 2:  I received few comments and feedback in the survey and I want to address some of them here for everyone to see!

Issue 1: not linking projects because don't have blogs/facebook/flickr or have issues with the link software 
Answer: PLEASE, just get in touch with me directly via email!!! I can add your links for you, I just need a picture and I can upload it myself or walk you through the problems you are having!! But if you don't get in touch with me, I cannot know! And then everyone will miss the opportunity to see your wonderful piece and be inspired! 

Issue 2: not linking because don't have a camera
Answer: well, I cannot come to your home and take the picture myself ;) however remember that the picture doesn't need to be super-professional... so maybe you have a phone with a camera, that would work too! And again, see the answer before if you don't have access to different online platforms!

Issue 3: not being able to meet the monthly deadline
Answer: you don't have to meet the monthly deadline!!! The link party is open to ALL previous projects ALL YEAR LONG... so as soon as you have a finished project, link it!! The deadline is necessary because I need to draw winners every month so I need to do it on a specific date. But again, as I write in every single post, you can link anything from any previous tutorial.

Issue 4: not being fan of the specific fandom/pattern presented
Answer: while I totally understand this, and completely relate, I designed this series to have a relatively small "time/material commitment" for each project... so even if you are not a great fan of the fandom presented, trying it out could just be useful to practice the technique so it shouldn't be so much of a barrier. Plus almost all tutorials encourage variations and changes, so I find it very hard to believe that you cannot find a way to twist the pattern/technique to suit your personal likes!! Using your imagination and talent is also part of the Stretch Your Skill goals ;)

Issue 5: don't have time
Answer: as soon as I build a time machine, I would be happy to lend it to you ;) well, after I finish all my projects and use it for few other errands ;) I understand this issue, but this is why I try to keep the objects small and fast to make. I think that none of the projects took me more than a couple of nights to complete, and I was not familiar with 90% of the techniques presented... so if I was able to make them, you would be able to make them too!!

Announcement 3: 
How about you? what are YOU making? Let's get the party started!!

Remember that in this link party only projects belonging to the SYS2015 series should be added 
(I reserve the right to delete any non compliant link). 
This link party will be open all year long and you can add as many finished projects as you want! 
The same link party will be shown on the SYS2015 page.
Each link will give you a chance to win one of the monthly prizes.

This month, in order to be eligible for prizes, you are asked to make a fabric postcard!
You are encouraged to use Kristel quote from Serenity, but if that is "not your thing", any other quote or any other design from anywhere else will qualify as an entry!! As long as it's a finished fabric postcard!

You can still link up blocks and projects from the Foundation Paper Piecing, Quilting, Crochet and Pixel Quilt tutorials!!

This month prize will be announced next week!!

I will draw a winner (using on August 5th between all the new entries in the link party. 
International participants are welcome!!


  1. You did and amazing job with your applique letters - Whoop Whoop on this great postcard!
    I hope you can straighten out the linky troubles.

  2. Great Harry Potter postcard! Linked to your page this week when looking at pixel quilts, great tutorial!


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