Friday, April 3, 2015

Quilted Postcards for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This is a quilted postcard I made for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, Wendy's Wish of St. Charles Foundation.

Anyway, Anna of Woolie Mammoth suggested I join in the fun and make a postcard for the Sisters Show. I had heard about it but couldn't find updated information. So guess what?? Anna sent the information to me along with the fabric for the Michael Miller Challenge!!! How sweet was that? Super Sweet I would say!!! And this is my postcard made of the fabric for the challenge!!!

The design has to somehow relate to the theme of the show-A Timeless Tapestry or the 40th Anniversary.  HMMMM... how does my sand dollar relate to the show theme you may ask!!?? Well, I wrote a short poem about it and will write it on the back of my card.


And ever-changing tapestry
Of water
Of waves


Here is the scenario of construction:
My inspiration
Hand appliqued the sand and ocean together
Sand dollar ready to stitch
Appliqued in the sun with my little girl while the grand girl
took a nap. It felt so good to be sitting in the sun!!
All hand applique done.
Using my Frixion pen, I marked the star design 
Layered and ready to quilt
sand and star design quilted
background quilting done
quilting the sand dollar
all done
another close up-you can see the ocean bubbles on this one
I use my postcard template to mark the edges

Then I sew a few thread widths inside those lines so that when
I trim my postcard to size the quilting doesn't come out.
Here's one side of the card that explains the sale.
I though I would do another postcard, so got this drawn out Thursday
After work I layered it and got to quilting.
love this thread!!
And the finished postcard. I named it "Celebrate" in honor
of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show's 40th anniversary.
This card had already started to celebrate!!!
There's still time to make a card for this event. Just check out the links I added in!!

Thank you Anna for asking me to participate!!! I am so happy to be part of this !!!

Thats it for today. Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those minds sharp!! Martha


  1. Martha, i love both of these, but the second is just amazing. What kind/color thread is it?
    Marilynrobin at

    1. Thank you Marilyn!! The feather postcard was quilted with Coats & Clark cotton machine quilting thread, I think 817 is the color number. It quilts up well with this!!

  2. What a gorgeous set of postcards! Love that sand dollar one, the ocean bubbles are a perfect final touch.

    1. Thank you Pat!! It was so fun to make. I have a friend who wants the sand dollar postcard to use as a coaster, so my mind is busy working that out!! She has a home in Mattapoisett MA, so perfect for the decor in that home!!!

  3. What a beautiful postcard! Good luck. I am going to send in several postcards to Sisters too. I didn't enter the challenge, but every year you can make postcards that they sell for Wendy's Wish and to help costs for the show. The best ones get framed and auctioned off. 8 years ago one of my postcards was chosen to get framed and someone bid $85 for the winning bid!!!

    Do you use a cord or string around the edge of your postcards when you satin stitch it?

    1. Hi Daryl!!! That is so awesome that one of your cards was framed and auctioned!!! WOWZA!!! I can only hope for the one day, it would be so exciting!!!
      I don't use any cord or string on the edge, I just do a satin stitch at least four times around the edge, sometimes 5. That way I get a good build up of thread and it makes the edge nice and sturdy.

  4. You are inspiring me to make some postcards!!

    1. Thank you Judy!! I would love to see your postcards when finished!!!

  5. Beautiful work from you once again Martha, I do hope they sell and raise lots of money for the cause. I do like your postcard ruler, what a great idea.

    1. Thank you Jan!!! These were fun little cards to make!! I hope to get over there this year to see the quilt show, it is so AMAZING!!!


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