Sunday, August 16, 2015

Quilted Postcard Tutorial


So I will let you in on how I make my quilted postcards, step by step, from start to finish, so you can make your own!!! 

My postcards will often begin with a sketching. I have a plastic template that is exactly the finished size of the postcard. I draw that on my paper and also on the fabric I will be quilting. This gives me the boundaries for the design. Once I have a design, I draw it out on my chosen fabric.

I tape my backing fabric to the table and layer the quilt with cotton, then wool. My favorite batting is by Quilters Dream Batting.

Time to start quilting!!! I pull my bobbin thread to the top, take a few locking stitches and begin. I always stitch my feather designs upside down, but I do turn my piece depending on which way I am heading!!!

Once the background is colored, I can do the background quilting.

Now to prepare the piece for postcard status. It needs to be exactly 4" X 6" and stiff enough to hold up to mail manipulation. I retrace the outer edges using the postcard template and a Frixion pen.

Then I straight stitch, usually a small stitch, a couple thread widths inside the drawn line. This prevents my quilting stitches from coming undone when I go to trim the piece. I also do not want to trim off this protective border, which is why I stitch inside the line.

Now for the layering process.
 I use 2 pieces of Heat N Bond Lite for my fusible material. They measure 4 1/4" X 6 1/4". There is fusible fleece available, but this method has worked for me!!

I also use one piece of Pellon-Peltex 70 Ultra Firm Stablizer which measures 4 1/2" X 6 1/2".

On the back of the postcard, I fused one of the Heat N Bond pieces. You will see your stitched outline and want the fusible to be centered over. This also helps hold your stitching in place after the piece has been trimmed.
Remove the paper backing.

Trim about 1/4" away from your drawn edge with a pair of sewing scissors.

All trimmed and ready for the next step.

Layer the Peltex/Pellon on to the fusible Press gently using a pressure sheet. Very important to not use pressure as you will squash your quilting. Forever flat!!!!!

Pressing using a piece of muslin as my pressure sheet. 

Now place the second piece of Heat N Bond on top of the Pellon/Peltex and press gently.

Remove the paper. The shiny surface is the fusible/glue surface.

Layer your backing over the fusible surface and press gently. I try to use a light fabric because I will be writing the address and a note onto the back and it needs to be easily readable!!!!

All layered and ready to trim!! We are getting close to a finished product!!! YAY!!!

Using a good ruler and rotary cutter, I find my previous stitched outline and cut just outside that line. I usually do the two long edges first,

Then I cut the shorter edges, making sure that my lower and upper edges line up straight.

I use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the curved corners.

The curved corners enable you to have a smooth outer edge. Using a walking foot, I first sew a wide zigzag stitch around the entire piece. This holds everything together and prepares it for the last stage. 

Then I sew a wide satin stitch, three to four times around the postcard. This gives a very sturdy edge and covers up your layers nicely. 

Lastly, I sew a straight stitch in the ditch, between the border and the postcard. You can change your thread for some contrast or use the same thread. I think it gives a nice finishing touch!!

And, you now have a lovely postcard that can be mailed.

I stamp the back of the postcard with this postcard stamp I found at Hobby Lobby. I love it!! It sure makes it easier on me. You can also hand write the info on the back!!!

I mail my postcards in these little clear envelopes I found on Etsy. They protect the postcard from getting smudges. You do have to pay more than postcard rate though because it is now in an envelope. No worried, I would rather have it arrive clean!!! This is where I found the clear envelopes.
You can also find them at a place called Uline..

Well, that's it for today. I will have to re-read this to make sure there are no errors. If you have questions about my process, don't be afraid to ask!!! I enjoy sharing this with you :^)

Take Care, Happy Quilting and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sew Sweet-a purse for my Grand~daughter

I made the cutest little purse for my little grand-daughter Hayden and gave it to her yesterday!! She loves it which makes me so happy!!!

Trying to get her to pose for me was pretty much impossible!!! Too many things to see in Nana's backyard!!!

I searched for a purse pattern and found it here!! The Pattern is by Stitched by Crystal. It was so easy to make, her directions are awesome!!! Thank-you Crystal!!!!

So here is how I put this little purse together. I wanted it to be glitzy, so I used all leftover satiny fabrics and fabrics that I have either found in yard sales or were given to me.
This is all the fabric I had for the body, and I love it, so I had to make it work.
Close up below.
The tutorial-I printed it out to make it easier.
All my pieces cut and ready to assemble
Seriously, the instructions were so easy to follow and the purse went
together beautifully!!!

I had a very small piece of the purple sequin fabric so put
it in the front. Just that little bit of flash for my girl!!
The purse is also lined!! Perfection!!!
Sew Sweet, and I found this old button that matched
Cute purse for a Cute girl!!!
If you have a little girl in your life and she needs a purse, this is a wonderful one to make for her!! And as you know, a girl can never have too many purses!!!

Take care, Happy Quilting/Sewing and keep those needles sharp!! Martha