Sending Out Handmade Quilted Christmas Cards

This year I'm actually going to send out x-mas cards.  Last year, I didn't really feel like it, so I didn't.  I've been giving myself permission to skip out on things that I used to stress out about.  And yes, this used to stress me out.  Sad, I know.

This year, I'll be sending out a few of these and most likely giving them to teachers and friends who don't need, or want, our family picture card.  They're super-easy and make great use of scraps.  Follow my tutorials for this design.

 A look inside of this card reveals the concentric squares of stitching.  I would use a darker thread as mine didn't show up on this one like I would have liked.  Start on the outside edges and move in to the middle.  I don't mind that it's a little crooked - looks flawed and homemade.
 This design is inspired by my friend Heather of Olive and Ollie - she does amazing applique.
This is the inside.  It's kind of crooked, but it still looks lovely.  Tip: Glue your shapes to the card first.  I did the trunk first and then stitched it in place.  Then glue the tree over the trunk and then stitch.

I'm really not this organized, but I'm filling 2 orders of quilted notecards today and just threw these in at the same time.

I can hear the carols and taste the egg nog...


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