I am so ready to host another Swap!
It was really fun hosting the Pincushion Swap. I’ve been a little busy with the Quilt Concert Series so I can’t handle a large swap like that, but I still really want to do something.
So, let’s have a Quilt Postcard Swap! Have you seen the fabric/quilt postcards on Instagram? They’re all over the place there. Sarah Ruiz did a 100 day project with them (that turned out much larger). Inspired by her and out of sew-jo at the beginning of pandemic I started making them as well. First I surprised all my quilty friends by mailing them one, then I took requests from Instagram. All in all I think I made and sent over 50. I can’t begin to tell you how much this meant to me.
How do you make a Quilt Post Card?
I’m taking the easy way out and just linking you to Sarah’s tutorial. It’s what I use after all. When I do the satin stitch edging, my first lap is with a larger satin stitch. I think it is .5 on my machine. That’s the length, not the width. Then my second lap is as small as I can go and the machine still moves the fabric, which is .2. I love the look of the satin stitch edging.
You can absolutely send the postcards through the mail with a postcard stamp on the back. But, be aware, the will get dirty. For safety’s sake I put them in a 5″ x 7″ envelope and added a little extra postage. (I’m in the U.S. so I’m not sure how this would work in other countries.) I did mail international. I just brought it to the post office to have them tell me how much it would be.
The postcards I made varied from very intricate to extremely simple.
All of the above were previous projects that I cut to size. It was fun seeing them become something useful and pretty instead of just sitting in a box. I did add the black cat with raw-edge applique to the pink block in the center.
These were some simple straight edge, straight stitch pieces. Calming and satisfying to create.
I began to play and experiment here. I really love the way the matchstick quilting one in the upper left turned out, but everyone on Instagram started to request the free circle quilted ones. I made quite a few of those.
Everyone knows I love to hand stitch. Of course there were some Sashiko and Kogin pieces. I also learned couching during this time and created three pieces with that.
Celebrating the holidays!!! Halloween is my favorite Holiday. So I made special themed postcards to share my joy.
I even created a special pattern!
This is the Sunburst Block pattern. It finishes as 4″ x 6″, perfect for a postcard.
EVERYONE who signs up and pays for the swap will receive this pattern as a thank you. If you would like the pattern and not the Swap I have it listed in my Etsy shop for sale.
Information about the Swap is on the Swap Info page. Sign ups begin July 16 for everyone who is signed up for my newsletter by the 15th. Sign ups for all open on the 19th and close on 21st. This Swap is open to everyone all over the world and you can choose to ship locally or globally when you sign up.
I look forward to seeing your creations!