In August, I signed up for a fabric postcard swap organised by Leslie in the UK – the swap group have committed to send each member a fabric postcard to celebrate that member’s birthday.

The first swap took place in September when cards were dispatched from all over the world to Allyson in South Africa.  Allyson’s card can be seen here.

October it was my turn….as well as that of Marja in The Netherlands.  Marja’s card was sent to her from Broken Hill – I hope it makes it safely!!

Hope your birthday is fabulous, Marja!

Hope your birthday is fabulous, Marja!

Whilst I was away, the MATH was clearing my post office box and was being advised by email that the surprises were waiting for me when I got home.  There were more to collect from the box over the ensuing week…. nothing like having your birthday stretched out over a couple of weeks….;)

These are the fabulous cards I have received from the girls in the swap….this is such a great way to build friendships worldwide!

Crazy piecing card from Aida in Canada

Crazy piecing card from Aida in Canada

Marja's brilliant orange mulitmedia piece

Marja's brilliant orange mulitmedia piece

Raw edge fabric weaving with embroidery and embellishment from Leslie in the UK. Leslie even included my birth date!

Raw edge fabric weaving with embroidery and embellishment from Leslie in the UK. Leslie even included my birth date!

Pauline's card was handpainted and stencilled before being embellished - so many delicious layers of colour!

Pauline's card was handpainted and stencilled before being embellished - so many delicious layers of colour!

Bold and striking fabric, cleverly highlighted with beading and thread... a delight to receive from Sheila in Scotland.

Bold and striking fabric, cleverly highlighted with beading and thread... a delight to receive from Sheila in Scotland.

These cards give so much more than just being remembered for your birthday… they are such a fabulous source of information as the techniques used vary so widely.  There is no right or wrong way to make these pieces….just make!

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