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Penny Halgren demonstrates how to make a fabric postcard using the Rolling Star quilt block pattern. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Rolling Star Quilt Block Pattern - Fabric Postcard
Every post card are fun little things to make and easy. Hi, this is Penny Halgren from QuiltBlockLibrary.com and QuiltBlockLibrary.TV. And Penny’s postcard posse is rounding up postcards once again. We have quilters from all over the United States and sometimes all over the world that make fabric postcards to send to troops who are serving in the Middle East.
Because we’re rounding up postcards for the 4th of July and sending them over, I thought I would make a fabric postcard just to demonstrate how you can make a fabric postcard. And I’ve created this design which is kind of patriotic, the pattern is called rolling star. It’s kind of a star. It’s red, white and blue and I made it into a fabric postcard. So I’m ready to get started. Let’s go to the sewing machine.
You can take pretty much any traditional quilt block pattern and make it small enough to convert into a fabric postcard size. In this particular case, I’ve taken this 4 patch and normally you’d be making this is an 8-inch block but it’s going to be a 4-inch block in this particular case. And I’m going to add these two strips on the side which will make it 4 inches by 6 inches.
So I have my patches all laid out here and the way I’m going to sew this together is in rows. So the first thing I’m going to do is start by sewing these half square triangles together. So no that I’ve got these patches done, I’m going to start sewing them in my flying piece. So I’ll just take one at a time and add one corner piece to each one of those going around. I got the first sides of the flying geese sewn on so I’ll just to add these second triangles. Now, we’ll add these triangles to the center square.
Now that the center triangles have been sewn on to the square and I trimmed off all of the little triangle tips. It’s time to take a check and see if we got everything facing the right direction. So it’s like we’re good to go here and we’re ready to start sewing them together. So I’m going to sew these two rows together simply folding these right sides together and then change something just straight down the side. We got these two cones sewn together and now we just need to add the third one on here. Now I got all the patches in each rows sewn together so I just hold this down and sew the top row to the center.
Now I got the top two rows sewn together so I just need to add this bottom one. Now we got the center part done. And what I want to do is add some pieces on to the side like you can see in this picture and those are going to make it more of a rectangle instead of a square.
So I just have these blue pieces and I’m just going to attach them to the side. They’re not cut at all the right size or shape but I’m going to attach them and then I’ll trim my postcard down to the right size. Now the side pieces are added and I’m just going to take it over to my cutting table and trim these off so that its four inches wide this way and then also I’ll trim the sides out so that they’ll be six inches.
And actually I say four inches but it’s going to be four and a half inches because I got my seam allowances here and then it’s going to be six and a half inches wide because of the seam allowances on this side. Now we’re ready to turn this into a little postcard. So I got the top that’s been trimmed to four and a half by six and a half. I got a piece of just plain fabric that’s going to be my vacuum and then I got a piece of flannel that I’m going to put on inside.
So I’m going to layer my flannel and backing fabric and then I’m going to place my top so that it’s right sides together. And I’m going to put it in the center, and then I’m going to sew a quarter of an inch all the way around the outside. But on this side, I’m just going to leave an open unit, and that’s going to be two or three inches long. I’ll backstitch at each side so that that’s kind of secure. And the reason that I’m going to leave that opening is so that I can turn that card inside out.
Now that we’ve sewn all the way around this, leaving an opening here and I’m going to take it over to my cutting table and trim the backing and flannel away so that’s it’s even with the raw edges at the top. Now it’s all trimmed up and I’m ready to turn it inside out, I just want to be sure that when I turned it inside out between the top and the back end. So let’s stick my fingers in, gather them and then poke it out.
Now I got these pressed, it’s all inside out and I’ve folded over my quarter inch seam allowance here on both sides. And then I’ve put pins on it, so that’s where that opening is, and now I’m going to stitch all the way around the outside just about an eighth of an inch away from the edge.
Our fabric postcard is finished and ready to have a little message put on the back. You can just write anything you want to. You can even write a message, put an address and send it to a friend, put a stamp on it or put it inside an envelop. In the United States, these take regular first class postage plus a little add on for not being able to machine stamp the postage on it. So it’s a little bit extra but you can still put it in mail whether the postman thinks so or not.
Thanks for joining me. This is Penny Halgren from QuiltBlockLibrary.com, QuiltBlockLibrary.TV and fabric-postcard.com. If you’re interested in more information about sending postcards to our troops in the Middle East, you can check out fabric-postcards.com. Get all the information about that and then also the address where you can mail your postcards in. We’re gathering for the 4th of July right now.
We’re also gathering postcards for birthdays so you can send those in anytime. We’re going to box them up and send them over so that can be handed out exactly on the soldier’s birthday. Thanks again, peaceful piecing.