|Matchstick quilting runs horizontally here|
The narrow gaps between each row of stitching, mimic thin matchsticks.
It is an simple technique to try on your fabric postcards. I suggest you practice with samples before you make your primary postcard. You might need to adjust your machine tension settings.
- Different thread colors or variegated shadings
- Vary thread thickness or weights such as fine rayon embroidery threads, or thicker metallics
- Space variances between your stitching lines
- Decorative machine stitches, with narrowed width settings
- Mix machine and hand-stitched matchstick lines
- Mark a motif in erasable pencil, such as heart, shamrock, monogram lettering, then avoid stitching through this shape. It will "pop" like trapunto. See Matchstick Feathers link below.
|This made two postcards|
- Dense matchstick stitching can make your fabric layers feel a bit stiff
- Lots of stitching can also thin out your layers
- Layer a top fabric, thin filler, or optional backing to make a sandwich
- I like to use fusible batting applied to only my top fabric, and no backing (image 2)
- Make your quilted matchstick layer a bit larger than a postcard (approximately 6" x 8") then trim it down to postcard size (4" x 6").
- Mark a center straight line, and use it as a guide for straight stitching
- Or use more organic, freeform stitching lines with soft waves, much like tree bark.
- I do not use an even feed foot, but I stitch all lines in one direction, top to bottom
Sulky has a nice tutorial HERE
Matchstick Feathers HERE by 13 Spools website
Matchstick Experiment by BuzzinBumble HERE
Sewing thread types HERE by Sewing Mantra website
|I found some pre-cut felt shamrocks for embellishment|
March 2016 ~ Sheree McKee ~ sewfabsew.blogspot.com