|stitching pretty fabrics together on the JUKI HZL Exceed 600|
I love to make Valentine postcard quilts. Most postcard tutorials show how to make the postcards one-by-one, but this post will show how to use a machine quilting frame to create lots of postcards at the same time. First, I go through my stash and pick out reds, pinks and heart fabrics and stitch them together.
|Machine quilting hearts and loops on the 6 foot New English Quilter with the JUKI TL98P|
|scalloped machine quilting detail stitched with the JUKI TL98P on the New English Quilter frame|
|Notice the gorgeous machine quilting threads, from Superior Threads in the background. I'm using Fantastico.|
|machine quilting hearts and loops detail with Fantastico #5031|
This is a fun way to try out lots of different designs and play with lots of different threads.
Next, make the postcard backing. There are postcard templates that can be downloaded, scaled to various sizes and then printed on your home printer. Use an old dull blade and your ruler and mat to rotary cut the postcards for a professional look.
|hearts and loops machine quilting detail with variegated Rainbows thread from Superior Threads|
|cutting out the postcard backings with the rotary cutter, ruler and mat|
- Now take your postcard backings and find some nice parts of your quilted top.
- Use them as templates and cut up your quilted top to fit lots of little postcards.
- I use scissors to snip round the first time.
- Then I straight stitch round the postcard,
- Then use the sharp rotary cutter blade to tidy the edges.
- Then finally go back to the machine and zig-zag around the edges.
|Zig-zaging round the edges with the JUKI Exceed 600 using variegated Fantastico thread|
|the fabric front and the postcard backing are all stitched together|
|machine quilted postcards all stitched and ready to go|
|Fabric postcards with a heart stamp for hand delivery|