Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic Fabric Postcards

Displaying red-white-blue 
postcards from swap partners!

 I like to show off my postcards for holidays.   No sense keeping them in a shoebox!

Patriotic fabric postcards below made by ShereeSews

Celebrate has radiating circle sewing
under a mesh overlay 2013
Grown in the USA features a
picot ribbon edge 2013

Patriotic embroidered butterfly 2012

Layers of folded fabrics make a window
around the silver star embellishment 2013

Fireworks on the Fourth of July 2014


American landscape night sky 2013

USA landscape red sky 2013

Postcards below made by creative friends
Melody DeGraziano
Bev Greeson
pocket was filled with postage stamps
Pam Crawford
Vickie Swann
Bev Greeson

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Making Multiples: sew more

Making multiples results in faster and easier postcard sewing..... and always makes great sense!

Sometimes I find myself at the end of a deadline for mailing out swap postcards.  Yes, I can procrastinate, like crazy!  This is when speed sewing construction and speed fusing helps out.

One way to hustle is making several multiples at a time using assembly line techniques. The three Lily Ponds below were made in a wide strip before cutting into thirds.  Embellished beads on the lily's and perimeter stitching were sewn afterwards.


METHOD ONE - BACKS:  I fuse the same backing across a full width of stabilizer, usually I can make three-up.  Most often I use June Tailor Computer Printer Fabric and a preset template I’ve created in MS Word.  I run it through my inkjet, and then press to set the inks. 

Here is a PDF FACT SHEET on using June Tailor computer printer fabric.

June Tailor Printer Fabric Sheets

METHOD TWO - FRONTS:  I often make multiple fronts at a time.  The fronts will have a consistent background which can be appliqued, layered, free motion quilted across the entire width, then cut into 4 similar postcards.  

The photo below, was made of batik strips woven and fused together in a large unit.  Then I cut it into four pieces before embellishing and rubber stamping. 

The next time you have more than one postcard to send out, why not consider making them up in multiples?

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