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Quilted Postcards

December 12, 2009

I belong to a Facebook group called Quilters of British Columbia, and they recently had an exchange that many members took part in.  We are exchanging Quilted Christmas Postcards.  This is the first one I received, from Carolann…

Thanks, Carolann!  It’s beautiful!

Here are some simple instructions for making your own Quilted Christmas Postcard.  These instructions will make the 4 x 6″ postcard shown below:

Materials
1 piece background fabric for front of postcard – cut to  4-1/2 x 6-1/2″
1 piece light colored (white or cream) for back of postcard – cut to 4-1/2 x 6-1/2:
scrap batting – 4-1/2 x 6-1/2″
smaller scraps for presents
fusible web (Wonder Under or similar)
ribbon
2-1/4 x 25″ fabric strip for binding
Instructions:
1. From each of scrap fabric and fusible web, cut two 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″ and one 1-1/2 x 3″ rectangles.  Iron fabric rectangles to fusible web.
2. Cut  three pieces of ribbon 3-1/2″  long.
3. Place rectangle fabrics on fabric you are using for postcard front, as shown.  Lay ribbon pieces on top, matching edge of ribbon with top of present fabric.  Using a small zig-zag stitch, stitch around the presents on sides and top, ensuring the ribbon is caught in the stitching.
4. Layer postcard top, batting and backing fabric (in that order), with right sides of fabric pieces facing out.  Baste around all four sides, using a scant 1/4″ seam. Trim off ends of ribbons.
5. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon approximately 10″ long each.  Tie each into a small bow.  Trim off excess ribbon.  Using thread and a needle, tack each bow to the top of each present.
6. Attach binding and you are finished!
Apparently, these postcards can actually be sent in the mail, without an envelope – though I have always slipped them into an envelope to mail.  Use a fabric pen to write your sentiment and the recipient’s address on the back of the postcard.
Quilted postcards are a nice personal touch for someone special on your Christmas Card list!
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