Sunday, November 12, 2017

How To Make a Quilted Postcard Tutorial


Quilted postcards have to be one of the most fun things to make! When I was working with a group of  quilters across the country, we made postcards for each member of the group and mailed them across the country. What I ended up with was a beautiful collection of these gorgeous works of art from some wonderful women.  It is still a special treasure to me. 

My very dear friend Cindy Scraba has created and sponsored a wonderful postcard project that is giving back to a wonderful cause. Through the Canadian Quilters' Association, Cindy has created a Postcard Challenge of  quilted postcards that will then be sold at the national quilt conference in May 2018 in British Columbia Canada, with the proceeds going to the BC Children's Hospital.

Helping Cindy is another superb lady, Karen who is receiving all of these postcards before May 1, 2018 and will then have them ready to be judged and displayed at the conference! 

Now the best part!  The theme is 'Inspired By Nature' and there are cash prizes to be won!  Check out the prizes here!

I thought it would be fun to show you just how easy it is for you to make a postcard, so you too can join in the fun!

Supplies for a 4" x 6" postcard:

Fabric for the top - you won't need much, just some of your favourite scraps
5" x 7" stabilizer for the centre. Peltex is often used, or batting can be used, I like bamboo batting. 
5" x 7" for back of postcard. 
Two 4" x 6" pieces of fusible product (optional)

Instructions:

Design the front however you want, remembering that you have 1/2" on each side that is going to get trimmed, once all the layers are put together and quilted. The reason we went a little bigger is you know sometimes in quilting it can eat the fabric up a bit, so better safe than sorry. 
Your top of postcard can be pieced, fused, embellished... whatever you want. Think of it like creating a minature quilt! 
Postcard top - pieced, stabilizer for centre, back


Once you have your top created, you are going to put the layers together. If you are worried about movement, you can apply fusing to the wrong side of your postcard top and back and fuse them to your batting or stabilizer. Once you have your quilt sandwich, quilt it as you desire and add any embellishments you may want. Trim to a 4" x 6" size.

To finish your postcard, there are 3 common ways. The easiest is a simple satin stitch around the edges holding it all together.  If you like the ease of satin stitch but not the look, remember you can cover it with couched yarn or rick rack or even tiny buttons! 

TIP: When doing satin stitch around the edges, it sometimes gets caught on corners. In order to avoid this, start in the middle of each side and stitch right to the end. Go back and start in the middle of the side and stitch to the other end. This way you never have to start or maneuver around a corner. 


The second way is to do the traditional binding. If you usually use a 2 1/2" strip, you may want to downsize it to a 2" strip as the quilt is quite small. 


The last way is the pillow case method and you would need to do this method prior to assembling your quilt. Once your top is done, you will trim your top, batting/stabilizer and backing to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Layer it as follows: stabilizer/batting, then backing right side up, then postcard top, right side down. Pin carefully and  sew entirely around the postcard with a 1/4" seam except for about 3 inches in the middle of the bottom edge. Trim all around leaving an ⅛ inch, trim the corners close. Turn inside out, pushing out the corners carefully. Close the open seam with invisible stitches. Now quilt as desired.

Enjoy making your postcards, I bet you find it hard to make just one!




Friday, September 29, 2017

Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks



It is here and you can buy your copy today. Check out all the amazing quilts in the new book by Martingale Publishing: 'Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks'.



It is always such an honour to be able to contribute to their books, plus they are absolutely fabulous to work with.

Here are a few of the quilts in the book.
This one is mine.





'County Fair' by Melissa Corry

'Dashing Stars' by Kimberly Jolly

To see all the rest of them, please go here. If you want to win an e-book, go here






Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thread Sketching and Circles



It has been a busy summer, filled with fishing, hiking, swimming, and long walks at the farm. Kids headed back to school yesterday and I have entered my sewing room with inspiration and creativity!

Thread sketching girls has caught my attention and this is the third piece I have made. Still working out the process of the sketching to reduce wrinkles, ensure a smooth finish and so on. This is the one I finished. There is writing in the background that says 'because she can'.


If you follow my blog, you know I have a slight addiction to circles. Out came the rotary cutter and glue and freezer paper as I practiced some fun circles to see how I can turn it into a quilt. 



Here is a sneak peek of a pattern I am releasing shortly. 


Do you have any fun fall projects?



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hexie Happiness


Summer is for fun in our family. We take extra long weekends, spend it at the beach, at the farm and visiting relatives near and far and having a good time with each other. This relaxed enjoyment roles right into my quilting!

This summer I decided to just goof around with my quilting, not try and make a quilt for competition, but to just have fun, not worrying about 'finishing a quilt' but making samples and playing.

Where did that bring me? Well, with nothing in mind, I simply started making hexies. Probably because I can take them wherever I am with the kids. Plus I use my one minute hexie making tutorial you can find here on youtube. I use a simple circle and fold and tack as I go to create my fast hexies.



I started playing with different sized circles which made different sized hexies.


I absolutely love hanging my quilt projects on my grandparents barns. They are old and grey and so full of memories that my heart bursts being able to put my work on them. 


I have also been playing with creating fun sayings that help motivate me. 


What are you working on this summer?







Monday, July 24, 2017

Quilt Canada 2017



Quilt Canada 2017 wrapped up mid June in Canada.  It is the nation's premiere quilting event with workshops, lectures and most importantly the National Juried Show!

I had the privilege, once again, of being a finalist in the show with my quilt 'Fractured'.

My artist statement is:

This quilt almost put itself together. It is called Fractured because life is beautiful—full of colour, wonder and love. When tragedy happens your world is shattered; sending the beauty into a million pieces. You are in darkness. The life and colour is there, but you have to find it and put it back together, piece by piece.

What isn't told in the statement, is it is a reflection of my life after my father died suddenly and unexpected a year ago. Only those that knew me well at the conference understood what the statement meant.  

If you want to see the amazing winning quilts, go here. To see all the quilts that were finalists in the show go here

I also had the privilege of giving tours of the National Juried Show for the second year in a row. It was so much fun talking about the quilts and the artists! What made it really special is my first tour had a group right from Holland!  They loved it so much, they came back and gave me these adorable Dutch shoes.  

One night while waiting for a lecture, 2 other quilters and I were laughing so hard we were crying! That is so typical of all the conferences I have been to, that you have such a good time with quilters you are in hysterics.  It was amazing to see so many old friends I have met over the years. It was definitely a conference to remember, thanks to the wonderful quilters that have become a part of my life. 

For now, I am working on some things that I can't show just yet, but soon!

Enjoy the summer=)



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Published! I Love House Blocks

What an absolute delight to see my sweet house quilt in Martingale Publishing's newest book, 'I Love House Blocks'.


When I created mine, I wanted a modern look yet still have fun with it. 
It is made with 2 blocks that I called 'fat and skinny houses'.   My kids loved seeing what color combinations I would come up with and where I would put them on the quilt. 
It is called 'Village On A Hill'. 

Here are a sampling of a few of the other quilts in this book, and they are all wonderful!

My Hometown by Christa Watson

Home Is Where The Heart Is by Melissa Corry

Four Generations by Amanda Niederhauser

A giveaway will be taking place on the Martingale blog today, and if you go to my facebook page, I will also be giving away one of the books. 










Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quilting and more quilting!


I think May and June are the two busiest months for me.  Gearing up for Quilt Canada 2017, Canada's national quilt conference and all the social media that goes along with that has been crazy and amazing all at the same time.

I have managed to sneak in a few fun little projects and am working on some new projects that are not quite ready to be shared.

While this does look like Easter eggs that are actually napkins, my kids have enjoyed using them at all meals, any season.


This sweet button bowl showed up on a facebook page made with glue, and I just had to try my own version of it.   Using a balloon and buttons, I went to work.   It was messy that is for sure.   Someone mentioned putting a rick rack border on the outer edge, so I may have to go back and do that. 



Here is something I tried and have been doing quite a few of lately. Thread sketching has caught my fancy.   I can't really draw but am finding objects that don't require a lot of skill in their shapes and am having fun with that.  


Next up, I am diving into some ruler work so you will see some quilts coming out of that. 



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Published

The excitement of getting that package in the mail and opening it to see your quilt block in print is one of the best things in life!

I had the privilege of being selected to appear in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 15 with one of my blocks.


This is the block that was chosen to get in with so many other wonderful blocks!


It incorporates my hexies that I make from a circle, where you can see the tutorial for it here

In the meantime, I have been finishing up another project that will be sent off next week!  I really did a lot of free motion quilting on this one, so I hope they like it!   Here are some sneak peeks of it. 


I did notice when I used the dark pink thread on the light blue fabric, it really showed my stitches and hilited if my circles were not quite perfect.  Then I started getting nervous that they weren't perfect and made them even more messy. Finally I calmed down and continued on, realistically, it is just a quilt=)


I hope you are getting some quilting time in now that spring is here!




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chatting with Pat Sloan


What a thrill Monday March 27th is going to be as I have the opportunity to represent Canada's national quilt organization and chat with Pat Sloan on her podcast about our Big Quilt Bee. 

Our goal to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday is to make 1,000 quilts to go to kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

At this point in time, we have 300 finished quilts and enough tops and blocks to make 200 more!


Almost at the half way point! If you want to help, please go here and see how simple it is to make a block and participate!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two Free Quilt patterns for a game and a quilted wall hanging



Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun!
I have been busy over on the QUILTsocial blog whipping up some cute patterns using Northcott Fabrics.

The first is a game of X's and O's, but I used hearts instead of the X's as it was right around Valentine's Day.  I know kind of sappy=)


You can get the link here to get the instructions on how to make it!  Yes, I did quilt hearts in the background. I even made sure it would roll up for easy traveling.



This next quilted wall hanging looks so adorable in real life, and I am not just saying it because I made it, or because it has circles all over it.


I used a bias tape maker to make the trunk and branches and it worked really well. 


The hearts were fused on and then quilted. 

My latest project has circles in it, that is the rough plan anyway.  No sketch with this one, which is not something I usually do. I always have a sketch in my art pad, but this one, I just went into my studio and started to sew!


I hope you are doing lots of fun quilting projects!