Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just Playin'

Hi and Happy New Year to everyone!  I'm was thrilled to be asked to be a guest blogger by Madame Samm, in fact just a little shocked!  LOL  Oh, sorry, how rude, let me introduce myself, I'm Trudi, a mad, mother of two teenagers, a quiltaholic, who's been quilting in one form or another for over 20 years.  Then I discovered blogging and wow, the world got a whole lot smaller! You can find me over at Quilting Prolifically please pop over and say hi, I'd be thrilled to see you!

Like I said 20 years and still going strong.  Like a lot of quilters out there, I was making clothes before I got into quilting.  In fact I'd been doing that since I was sat at my mothers knee helping thread needles for her dressmaking antics.  One day whilst I was living in Belgium, a colleague of mine came to me with a Keepsake Quilting catalogue, the lady whose post it was had already been posted back to the US and would no doubt have made it to a quilting shop, my friend thought my need was far great.  So you can imagine my eyes almost popping out on stalks at all the goodies and possibilities inside, and the fabric,  ooooooh the fabric, like nothing I'd seen before!  So here we are 20 years later and a stash, well, less said about the stash the better!  LOL

We've seen many a cave here, and my own is somewhat small to say the least, alas our English homes are all so small. So here is a little peak at my 'office'.
We are only talking 8' x 6' (ish)

Anyway, so why did I name my blog Quilting Prolifically I hear you ask, well... this may explain a little...


I think we'll just skip over the numbers, shall we?  LOL

So it's fair to say I have a little bit of a stash, and with all that fabric and all those quilts there are plenty of scraps to be playing with.  May I be so bold as to ask you a question?  Do you save all those offcuts of wadding (batting - sorry!) when you are trimming down your quilts to bind?  Hmmm, so it's not just me then!  And may I indulge in just one more question? 

Is your 'Must Do/Try' list as long as mine?  ...  I thought so!

Well I decided there is a much easier way to play with those scraps and try out new techniques without making a huge pile of quilts along the way ... Postcards!  See nothing scary in that, is there.  My first foray into the world of postcards was printing onto fabric, layering and quilting the images, then sewing into a postcard.  I quite enjoyed this, but it didn't hit the spot.  There were other techniques I wanted to try, crayons ala Mamacjt, acrylics, layering ...... you get the picture right? 

So I had a little play...

Up until now I had just been playing around practicing my free motion quilting on scraps of my own dyed fabric,  but now.... oooooooh!  So here's a little resume of how I did these and a few others ...

I grabbed a scrap of white on white, and the crayons ..


Drew a little, coloured a little ...


Heat set with the iron, with a bit of baking parchment to protect everything  (I pressed from both sides) ...

Outline quilted the feather, then sewed in the loose threads ...


And proceeded to play a little with free motion quilting the background to really make the design pop... 
almost like trapunto without all the hard work!


And I just carried on playing down the fabric until I'd filled the whole piece..

This piece was about 7" x 22" (ish) ..


I trimmed them ...


and squared them up so they were just a smidgen over 6" x 4" ...

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Had a little play with some acrylics... just what was in the house, ordinary craft stuff, nothing special..


This is the view from the back, no backing just wadding (sorry!  batting)  I've dabbed a smidge of bookbinders glue just to hold the quilted sandwich to the postcard.  (I've had them separate at the perforated edges, so now I dab with glue)

Apply Postcard, (these I had printed at the local printers, it was just too difficult to get the right size in the local shops,  so now they say what I want them to!)

At this point I trimmed again snug up against the card ...


I zigzag around each one keeping the edge of the card snug against the needle so it falls just off the card on the outside ...

I know, I can hear you screaming at the screen saying ' that's all very well, but I don't fmq!' 

so I delved into a box of scraps, grabbed something that had already been started ...


had another quick play, introduced some fusible vilene ....


Fused, trimmed, glued and zigzagged in the same way ...



and before you know it, you've got yourself a pile of play things!

Usable, useful play things ...


So next time you are practicing your fmq or playing with your scraps, (do you save all your fused appliques scraps?  They'd be great!)  just for the fun of it ... or you are playing with a new to you technique ... instead of thinking of those practice pieces of wasteful, what now?  How about having a play with postcards too? 

Just sayin'!

 Madame Samm, thank you sew much for inviting me over to spread a little love, I've had a ball playing with postcards, and every time I do, I think of new things to do, if only there were more hours in the day!  LOL


55 comments:

  1. This is such a great tutorial! There are indeed many techniques I've been wanting to try but haven't had the time, now I'll have no excuse but to make some postcards! Thanks!

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! <3 <3 <3 <3 I do 'thank you' note cards but have not quilted THEN put them on the cardstock.... SOOOOO excited to try this!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Fabulous!!! Your quilting is beautiful!

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  4. Oh my goodness! Are you going to start another craze a al Mug Rug? What size do you have your postcards printed at? I can't wait to try one.

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  5. Love the quilting. I make a lot of postcards and cards with the leftover "play" items and scraps. A side note to postcards - they can be no larger than 4"x6", no thicker than 1/8", and must have the postcard marking (divider line and words postcard on top or along line). Do not use a regular stamp (they tend to fall off) but ask for it to be hand stamped/processed as they can get caught in the meter machines.

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  6. Trudi thank you for this! It's just what I was looking for - just one thing - are you using ordinary wax crayons or something special??

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  7. Good Morning Trudi...sew these are postcards wow...and the detail is like embossing...What a great tut to see how it is done...I had seen this around but had no idea... YOU do all of this in an 8 x 6 room and still made YEP I counted them, 22 approx quilts...? I am sew impressed. Imagine if you had MORE room...Double that amount? lol A great post from England...Will that be a Tetley tea? I am pouring.

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  8. So cute, love our free motion.

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  9. That is a wonderful idea!!! Thank you for sharing this with us today!

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  10. This was an amazing idea!! I love it! This just might encourage me to play with FMQ again.

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  11. I love the idea - thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. WOW...they are absolutely beautiful postcards! I didn't realize that was what they were the first time I noticed them on your blog. And I love your free motion...it's great!

    Thanks for giving us a look into your space. =)

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  13. Such beautiful free motion quilting! I love your idea of practicing and then making post cards. I can certainly use a little more practicing. :) blessings, marlene

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  14. What a terrific idea. Those postcards are beautiful. Thanks...

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  15. What a great idea for the exras. I definitly will be trying this one!! I run the fundraiser table at my guild and I think these little jewels will sell. Thank you

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  16. Love it Love it Love it!! Need i say more?? xx

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  17. Aren't crayons fun? They're my latest craze too! LOVE, LOVE your free motion quilting and I must practice that more. Nice post.....now to get some paint!

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  18. These are amazing!! My 16 year old paints, and I was trying to come up with a fabric painting project for her (as I am clueless)...this is just great!! Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Very innovative and creative ideas!! Thank you so much for the inspiration. A great way to use scraps and practice fmq at the same time!

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  20. So pretty - but I sure wouldn't put them in the mail - it would be dirty and torn up by the time it reached its destination! Much too pretty to trust to the USPS!!

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  21. A GREAT! posting Trudi! Thank you so much for this tutorial on making postcards. Perfect!
    Yes I do keep scraps of wadding (umm batting) and even get given them, LOL... I've been wanting to try out making postcards but didn't know where to start. So again Thank you :) Elly up in snowy Scotland.
    ps my sewing room is not much bigger but I just store my stuff in there and sew in a corner of the living room. I notice you've squeezed in a quilting machine frame! WOW!

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  22. The recevier of such a note must feel very special. I know I would. Your fmq is just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  23. WOW! Now for a silly question.. because it is a postcard, is the postage a set rate? OR, is the weight of the card taken into consideration?

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  24. Pssst over here with a question...? You don't really send them as postcards like that do you...? You put them in an envelope? and just write a note on it....? I could not even imagine what they would look like if they were sent RAW? lol
    And I would LOVE One...just saying lol

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  25. Great tutorial. I've been wanting to try these and you may just have given me the push I needed. I have the same questions as others - do you put them in envelopes to send or will the post office accept them as is. And do you have to add extra postage?

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  26. Thanks for this - I'm off to find some crayons!

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  27. I've always said quilting is like coloring with fabric rather than crayons and now I'll have to amend my statement...we actually CAN use crayons in our quilting!! I'm not sure that I'll make postcards but I do love the crayon technique and your FMQ skills!
    Blessings from the South (USA)
    Gmama Jane

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  28. Wow what a treat for the mail carrier! Much nicer than that plain old white and bills bills bills. Great idea, thank you for sharing!

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  29. Trudy - thank you for an awesome idea. I can send them weekly to my two-year old granddaughter so she has mail from Grandma. I love it!

    Hugs - Marie

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  30. Holy cow! I wish I'd never read this post!!! Now, instead of finishing one of the dozens of projects that scream at me daily for help, or making something that's been on my "to-do-list" forever, I am going to HAVE to make these postcards! They are FABULOUS!! I have no will-power when it comes to unique/clever quilt projects...none! (I'm a postcard freak - I love to send them instead of letters so you REALLY struck a nerve!!) I just see one fly in the ointment with these cards...they are ALMOST too wonderful to mail!! Thanks...I think!! xo, Nan

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  31. That is a fantastic tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing. Your work is beautiful.

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  32. What a great idea to use all thos little pieces of fabric. I have never done just white on white quilting. That looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Trudi - what a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing your techniques. Your blog is beautiful and is now on my favorites list! All the best to you in the New Year.....thanks again. Piece....

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  34. Oh so organized and oh so great ideas!
    Love your pictures and post cards. I have seen postcards before but now you have my mind going....
    Thanks for sharing!

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  35. "wadding (sorry! batting)" made me laugh because we call them "padding" here in Sri Lanka - English influence, I guess :)
    Your quilting is lovely and post cards are a lovely idea!

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  36. Quilted postcards? Just when I thought mugrugs were my favorite small project you had to throw in quilted postcards! Genius! :)

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  37. Incredible - you are very, very creative!

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  38. Ladies, thank you all sew much for such a heartfelt response! A few answers :

    Yep, normal everyday kids crayons, 4"x6", I tend to use them like a card, write on them, put them in an envelope to send, would hate for them to be spoiled, ... Madame Samm, Sssshhhhh there were 44 in that pile, and yes a larger space - Wow imagine! Choose one, let me know :) And a cup of Twinings Lady Grey would be just perfect!

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  39. What a lovely post and thanks for the postcard tute. Fantabulous! I must try that out one day. Does the crayon (when fixed with the iron) stay in the wash? or, alternatively, does not run and the postcard gets wet in the mail? Do you know? So nice to get to know you a bit better!

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  40. Great combination of luvs with your postcards!

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  41. I just love these!! Such a great way to use the scraps of batting and to try your hand at new techniques. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing with us. It's just a wonderful post. Hugs Ariane

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  42. Having seen Trudi's quilting, in real life, I'm sure these are beautiful.

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  43. That's a mountain of quilts in your small space, Trudi. I guess it proves we don't really need much space to be creative. Your postcards are a great idea and your fmq is lovely. I'm definitely going to start practicing my fmq and try a few postcards. They would be great for Christmas I think.

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  44. Oh my, how wonderful!!! What wonderful ideas and beautiful to see!!!

    Xoxoxxx Ree

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  45. What a great post....I'm hoping to make a few post cards to send to the grandkids for Valentines day. I have to prioritize.....I have to promise myself before I make a post card I have to make my mug rug for Madame Samm's contest...due Feb 4th....and before I can start my mug rug I have a backing to piece for a quilt I made about 2 years ago, an apron to make and 2 twin quilt tops to finish. This is what I would like to accomplish before the end of January:)
    I've come to the conclusion....I have to spend less time in blogland...the answer is yes...I save my scraps of batting and some of my fabric scraps are pretty small, gotta big bin of them too. Going to visit your blog now but I can't stay long.... I've got to get to work on my PHD ....'s.

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  46. What a great idea! I have so many strips of leftover batting and we won't even go into the amount of scrap fabric I have! I also love the idea of using crayons. I've never tried that so it's going on my list! Thanks for the great post!

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  47. Oh wow, my lateral thinking has finally kicked in, thank you, thank you! I was wondering what to do with my practice quilting pieces but as I make cards I can use them for card fronts. I've used material for cardmaking before but never covered the whole front of the card. Lol, another creative door opens :).
    I wonder if I could eventually do a postcard quilt instead of a postage stamp quilt from the better practice pieces? Hmmm ...Crazy quilted maybe?

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  48. thank you for your inspiration...I want to try the crayon quilting, it looks like fun..

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  49. What a great idea! What an ideal way for me to practice my quilting, Lord knows I need quite abit of that! lol

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  50. After seeing your work here, I visited your blog. Wow! You are prolific and so very good at FMQ. Thank you for the ideas as wish to learn to machine quilt and eventually FMQ.

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  51. Great post packed full of wonderful insights. But I did love your insights on trapunto, FMQ, & postcards. Thank you so much for sharing.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  52. Oh, one more project. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
    Cindy

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