When I saw on Instagram that Elm Street Quilts was hosting a postcard swap I became intrigued. I've been seeing quilted postcards popping up here and there and decided to join in and give one a try. Postcards are only 4x6 inches - I have time for that!
When we signed up for the swap we were asked to give a one word prompt for what we'd like to receive. Then we received an email with a swap partners name, address, and her request. My partner's prompt was CAT.
There are several cat patterns out there but I went straight to one a guild friend, Pam, created, the Cheddar Cat. I downsized Pam's pattern by 1/2 to make it fit the 4x6 size.
There are 28 pieces in this block!
That makes the back worth taking a photo of! (I over-sized the borders here and didn't trim to the final 4x6 size till after it was quilted.)
I read through my partner's blog and found she was traveling and had made a stop at what turned into a very interesting museum. It reminded me of a family vacation we took years ago so gave me a perfect "postcard" note to send.
I don't have a fabric marker and even if I did I would be afraid to use it but I have had success several times running freezer paper backed fabric through my printer so went with that method for the back.
I read through several tutorials before starting my postcard, including Patty's. Ultimately, here's what I did:
- made a 4x6 block
- quilted it with a scrap of batting
- trimmed it to 4x6"
- printed the back
- layered one piece of very stiff interfacing between the front and back
- zig-zag stitched it all together using a stitch width of 5 and length of 4 (next time I'll go shorter.)
Super fun little project!
Wondering what I received in return?
When I signed up for the swap I was completely focused on my Kaleidoscope quilt for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book hop. So...my prompt was PLUS. Sarah in Texas made me a plus of pluses!
And it appears that she, too, was afraid to write on the back!
So she sent a sweet note instead. Thank you Sarah. Love the Alison Glass fabrics, too!
Now hop along to check out the other postcards that have been exchanged.
Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d'Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun ←You are here!
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC's Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quiltsSusan @ California Fiber and Music
Thanks so much to Patty for a very well organized swap.
I'll also be linking up with:
Sew Fresh Quilts - Let's Bee Social
Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish it up Friday