Whether you want to use up bits of this and that in your studio, experiment with a new supply or technique, practice your free-motion stitching, or you're just looking for something fun to quilt in a day, fabric postcards make great small quilting projects.
|Fabric postcards by Cheryl Sleboda, from the
Feb./March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts.
There are few rules when it comes to making these tiny, quick quilts. The finished size should be 4" x 6" and they should be relatively flat. You can mail them–just be sure to take them to your local post office to get the accurate postage and have the postcards hand cancelled.
Most fabric postcards consist of a decorative quilt top, a plain fabric backing, and batting made of fused felt, thin fusible fleece, or fusible interfacing. Use a zigzag stitch, satin stitch, or hand stitching to bind these small quilting wonders.
You can make these quick quilting projects even faster by making a large sandwich, stamping, painting, or fusing fabric over the top, and then slicing it up into 4" x 6" pieces. Then you just embellish and bind.
Here are some other ideas for decorating the small quilt top:
- Free-motion stitching or sketching.
- Stamping with acrylic paint or fabric paints.
- Fabric collage.
- Fused appliqué.
- Mixed-media collage.
- Embellishment with seed beads, sequins, lace, and trims.
- Hand embroidery.
- Photo transfers.
When you've finished your postcard, write your message and the recipient's address with a permanent, fine-point marker. Then head to the post office to send your little masterpiece on its way.
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P.S. Have you made fabric postcards? What techniques do you prefer? Leave your comment (and a link to your fabric postcard projects, if you have one) below.