Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Postcards from the Garden"

I love to make and receive fabric postcards, I love to teach others to make fabric postcards.  So, when I received my little bundle of fat 1/8ths of Riley Blake's, "The Cottage Garden" from the
Modern Quilt Guild as the fabric to be used in their Spring Challenge, I knew just what I had to make.
A postcard quilt!  of course!  Debbie @ A Quilter's Table came up with the idea last year.  Check out her blog for the details. 

I changed mine up a bit, using ink to stamp postage related words on the postcard "backs" .  I had a piece of fabric that was covered with different antique looking postage stamps so I cut them out and appliqued them on too.  
I used a variegated Aurifil 50# thread in shades of white to medium grey #4060 (very nice).  The very subtle colour change in the thread gave the quilting an antique look.    I quilted it all in free-motion.  Continuous feathers diagonally through the postcard "backs" and straight lines through the "fronts" Love it so much!  It is now hanging in my kitchen.










A close-up of a few of the "postcards"
 




Hope you had a quilty day!  I sure did.  I had four of my MMQG guild mates join me at my house today and I showed them how to make fabric postcards.  What fun! (you can see a bit of  my postcard quilt hanging on the wall)


Dena's postcard


Anja's creation

Cathy is still working on her postcard

Shauna's creativity starting to take shape.


15 comments:

  1. Postcards from the Garden is quite lovely, Linda. Your students' postcards are quite unique!

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  2. Great work, Linda! I'm still waiting for inspiration to strike!

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  3. Looks like a fun day at your place. All the quilted pieces look great.

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  4. It's an awesome quilt. So glad to have seen it up close. Thanks for the workshop. You are a great teacher!

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  5. Your postcard quilt looks great! Making and sharing postcards is fun, glad you are teaching others the joy!

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  6. The postcard quilt is beautiful!

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  7. I really like your quilt and your friends' creations look great.

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  8. That's a great quilt for the challenge-I love how you used the post card stamp on the fabric-looks wonderful! I was in Windsor yesterday teaching a card workshop-look at us-both teaching yesterday;)

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  9. Stellar, Linda! Just love it! Fun times at your house!

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  10. Beautiful quilt Linda - what a great idea. And I love the postcards too. xx

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  11. Very nice little quilt Linda. Love the look.

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  12. Fabulous idea! Love it! and I don't know why but that slim strip of color down the back...makes me SOOOO happy!

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  13. Love your postcard quilt! It is so beautiful! I love that fabric line. And the quilting is amazing as well :)

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  14. Thank you for a great class. My father who has never said anything about any of my quilts thinks the postcards are the greatest things and that I should go into business making them. No business, but I am getting the stamp. :-). I have a plan for my challenge quilt, I even have a sketch with some dimensions. But ask me why I didn't ask you about a scrap of that triangly fabric.

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  15. Love your postcard quilt, Linda. So original! looks like you had a great class too. some day...

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