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.
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.
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.
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.