Several members have expressed interest in making crazy quilted fabric postcards, but wondered how to go about creating one. I am far from an expert, but do hope this tutorial is helpful.
Supplies needed:8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm) piece of muslin (for foundation)
5 - 7 scraps of fabric
4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm) piece of Peltex or Timtex (I used Peltex that is fusible on both sides)
4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm) piece of fabric or cardstock for back
rotary cutter, mat and ruler
iron and ironing board
fabric marker or permanent marker to write your message
needles for embroidery and beading needle if adding beads
embellishments: (examples) embroidery floss, pearl cotton, small beads, charms, lace, lace motifs, buttons.
Optional: clear plastic envelope for mailing
Step 1: Piece the front of the block
First, place fabric piece #1 face up on front of muslin rectangle. (The rectangle you drew should not be showing. It should be on the back.)
Second, place the 2nd fabric you wish to use face up on the muslin along one edge of fabric piece #1. (Note: if you have shorter edges, like the sides of the photo above, I recommend placing your next fabric next to a longer edge.)
Third, pin fabrics 1 and 2 onto the foundation, as seen above.
Next, sew together along the edge of the red fabric using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Iron fabrics so both are right-side-up on the foundation, as seen above.
3C. Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, trim the edges of the second fabric.
Place the block on the cutting mat so the right sides of the fabrics are facing down and you are looking at the back of the foundation.
Carefully fold the muslin foundation back away from the area you will be trimming, as seen in the photo above.
Line the ruler up so it follows the edge of fabric piece # 1. Make sure the foundation block is safely tucked beneath the ruler. Then cut along this edge.
|After trimming the right side.|
Following the same steps, flip the block over and trim the other side of the fabric.
|After trimming the left side.|
After both sides have been trimmed, iron the block.
3D. Place your 3rd face down along one of the seams on the block, pin it in place,
and iron it again as you did in the steps above with your 2nd fabric.
3E. Repeat these steps until your block is fully pieced.
3F. Baste the edges of the pieced block to the foundation.
First, turn the block over. On the muslin side of the block, secure the outer edges of fabrics on the front of the block to the foundation, as seen above.
Using the longest stitch setting (to make it easier to remove the stitches later), baste along the 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm) rectangle you drew on the back.