Crazy Pieced Fabric Postcards

crazy pieced fabric postcard with autumn leaves

crazy pieced fabric postcard with autumn leaves

My latest batch of fabric postcards were constructed on a crazy pieced background using lots of small pieces of batik fabrics that I had left over from other projects. I got the idea from a short instructional video that was on The Quilt Show recently. I’ve done a lot of crazy patchwork  type blocks using foundation piecing printed out from EQ6 and used them as backgrounds for some of my rain forest quilts.

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I liked the method shown on the video because it is done in the more traditional way using a piece of fabric for the background. The background will be completely covered by the crazy piecing so it doesn’t matter what it looks like. I used some scraps of muslin for these cards. It’s a great way of using up fabric scraps and because you’re not using a preprinted foundation every block is different.

Embellished fabric postcard

Embellished fabric postcard

These fabric postcards are also a great way of experimenting with various embellishments. I’ve collected quite  a few yarns over the years and am not always sure how best to use them, so I just played around with a few here.

gold threads and decorative machine stitches

gold threads and decorative machine stitches

On this card I even tried out a few of my machine’s decorative stitches using gold thread and then couched some thicker gold thread in random squiggles. All the leaves were made using sheer organza and variegated rayon threads. These will the last lot of fabric postcards I’ll be making for a while as I’ve now run out of the Fast2fuse iron on interfacing that I’ve been using  to make them nice and firm. I’ll order more for the new year and I’m sure I’ll have loads of ideas for more cards by then.

8 thoughts on “Crazy Pieced Fabric Postcards

  1. I really like your postcards. I have lots of batik scraps from a project that I am currently working on and you have given me a way to use them up. Thank you.
    Maureen

  2. Karen, you have an excuse not to use your machine with all the lovely handwork you do. I really liked your finished Dear Jane quilt, it’s a masterpiece.

  3. Maureen, glad you liked the cards and I’m so happy that I’ve given you an idea for using up your scraps. The cards are such fun to do I’m sure you’ll want to make loads.

  4. beautiful cards Ann. I’ve still not pulled my sewing machine out yet to try out. Not even sure if I can do satin stitch – nevertheless your creations continue to provide an inspiring gentle reminder :o )

  5. Nic, it’s a shame I don’t live closer as I find the various recipes from your blog very inspiring too and would love to try out some of the things you are doing.

  6. Hi Anne,
    thanks for showing your beautiful cards.
    I which quilt show did you see the instruction video? I’m a member but haven’t watched them all yet.
    Gerda

  7. Hi Gerda, the instruction video for crazy piecing was in the Bernina section on the main homepage of The Quilt Show. The cards were fun to do and a great way of using up a few scraps and bits and pieces. Anne