|Oregon State Fabric Postcard|
The theme of the swap was states, so my very first fabric postcard is Oregon themed. (And if my sister sees it, I may need to make another one!)
In my world, an Oregonian is expected to be either an Oregon State University Beaver fan OR a University of Oregon Duck fan. (Don't tell anyone, but I secretly cheer for both.) I have 3 relatives that graduated from Oregon State, making me a Beaver fan. So, I decided my postcard would be orange and black. (I do my best not to sound negative, so let me just say almost every Beaver fan I know would have felt the same... I was thrilled to have some fabric I purchased before they changed the Benny the Beaver logo. Why? Well, you can actually see a duck flying in Benny's eye with the new logo.)
I Googled free Oregon coloring sheets, downloaded a page with a picture of the state map (including a star for Salem, the capital) and printed it from Picasa (my photo program) in a 4 x 6 size. I held the page up to a window and traced the outline with a sharpie. Then, I held muslin over the outline and used a pencil to trace the reverse image onto the muslin. This muslin became the back of my crazy quilt block.
I wanted the state outline to stand out, so I kept most of the stitching subtle, using mostly black-on-black. These close ups might help you see some of the detail. (Click on any photo for a larger view.)
|Crazy Quilted Oregon State Fabric Postcard Front|
|Crazy Quilted Oregon State Fabric Postcard Back|
I used two fabric postcard tutorials to put mine together. I followed the directions on this tutorial at Patchwork Posse to determine the size, thickness, and materials needed, and decorating the postcard side.. And I used this tutorial at Quilted Delights to finish off the edges. I also used a little tip I discovered on Pinterest (I wish I knew which one, the idea just stuck in my head) and used a black sharpie to color over any areas my finishing stitches missed. Aside from needing a bit more practice on the corners, I was very pleased with how this project turned out. (Cris received my postcard and pointed out we are our own worst critics. I am taking her advice and being a bit less critical of my work on the corners.) Making this postcard was SO much fun!
I would love to thank Alice for the swap idea and Beth for being our swap hostess! I also want to thank Lesa for reminding us of the deadline and encouraging participation. It was FUN. And, had I not participated, this beauty from Lisa B. would not have arrived in my mailbox today! (Note: this is not the same Lisa from the Heart Round Robin I am in.)
|The beautiful fabric postcard I received from Lisa.|
Have you ever made a fabric postcard? If not, I encourage you to give it a go!
Thanks for stopping by!
Note: This post was edited to correct an error. The Union Jack is the British Flag. (Argh. I even looked that up on the Internet to be sure I had it right before I posted. Thank you, Wendy!)