Thank you all so much for participating in my little give-away. It was heartwarming to receive such kind and supportive messages. I printed out all your lovely comments, folded them, and placed them into a bag from which my Top Administrative Assistant chose two names. And the winners are:
Concetta and Geralyn!
Congratulations, ladies! If you'll each send your address to Diane@DEsignedByDianeEvans.com, I'll send out your notecards lickety-split.
A post-script to one of my previous entries: On my post entitled The Creative Process: The Zig and The Zag, Janet wrote:
Diane, do you use a stabilizer on the back when you do your appliqué?
And how do you wash your quilts?
I always use a stabilizer when I appliqué; I prefer Pellon Fusible Shirtailor in either the light or medium weight, and I iron it onto both the appliqué pieces and the background fabric. After the appliqué piece is sewn, I cut away the background behind the appliqué to keep the background color from shadowing through and to reduce bulk. You can read more about this part of the process by clicking here.
Since my quilts are meant to hang on the wall, I never wash them. However, I always pre-wash the hand-dyed fabrics that I use, so that if the iron decides to spit during pressing, there won't be any chance of bleeding colors. Other than that, the only time I go near the washing machine is to wash clothes -- and I'm certain that my husband is taking in laundry from the neighbors, because I can't believe that two people are this dirty . . .
Again, my thanks to all of you for reading my blog -- your support and encouragement mean so much to me.