Delightful post to read and beautiful quilt! Congratulations, Andrea, for being recognized by RJR for your amazing talent and skills!
Sew Lately here at RJR, we have been loving these quilted fabric postcards that Linda Johnson at Sew Upscale creates. These in specific were created using the collection Danscapes by Dan Morris. We talked to Linda for a bit to give us a little inside look on how she creates these adorable postcards 😉
“Hello all, my name is Linda Johnson I live in Morganton, a small town in western North Carolina, with my husband, my cat and my adopted black Labrador retriever. And I run the Etsy shop, Sew Upscale , where I sell quilted fabric postcards, mostly landscapes. The inspiration I get when it comes to creating these postcards is twofold, nature itself and of course the fabric. When I first saw a fabric postcard, I knew it was the perfect project for me to make and actually finish. The postcards were small and only take a short time to complete. Little did I know this was the beginning of a business where I would sell quilted postcards throughout the country. After some experimentation, I came up with my process. Making landscape scenes on the postcards seemed like a natural progression.”
“I start out by cutting two pieces of muslin, one piece of double-sided fusible stiff interfacing, one piece of batting and a pretty piece of light fabric for the back. All the pieces should be cut to 4 ½” by 6 ½”. Adhere paper-backed fusible to the pieces of fabric chosen for the design. Then lay one piece of muslin on the ironing board. Cut the pieces for the design. I freehand cut these pieces before I pull off the paper backing. Start at the back of the scene. The sky and the ground are first. Once the design is laid out, adhere the pieces to the muslin, add batting and another piece of fabric to the back of the design piece. I found the trick for this step is to add fusible web between each layer. Press until they are stuck together. This keeps the layers from shifting when they are quilted. Quilt this layer on the raw edge of the fabric using any stitch on the sewing machine. Add the other parts to the design such as the trees, flowers, fences and quilt as the components are added.
After all the quilting is finished, add the precut double-sided fusible stiff interfacing to the back and then the backing fabric. Fuse all layers together by pressing with a very hot iron. Since the iron needs to be very hot for the layers to fuse together, I use a pressing cloth to prevent scorching the design. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, cut down to 4” by 6”. Satin stitch or use a decorative on the edge.”
“On the back, if it is going to be mailed, draw a line down the center using a fine line permanent pen and a quilting ruler. Write Postcard on the top. Now you’re all ready to go! The postcard is ready for the address and message. These postcards can be sent in the mail and when received, they are a unique gift for a special loved one that can be framed and kept forever.”
Well there you have it folks! It’s amazing all the things you can create with a little inspiration and just the right fabric 😉 So how would you guys put these lovely postcards to use? Let us know in the comments below! And for more information on how to get your hands on Linda’s designs check out her Etsy shop at Sew Upscale .Happy quilting!