O Canada Postcards 2017

We’ve been working on our Canadian mystery quilt, designed by Shania Sunga, since November 2015. It’s been an interesting and exciting project as I’ve never participated in this type of BOM before.

At first it was “hurry up & wait” for the next kit to arrive. Now that it is July 2017 and the quilt is complete I don’t want it to end just yet.

My friend Jackie asked me what I was going to do with all the scraps. Me: IDK & shrugs :D Originally they just went back into the pattern they came from. Then they came out and were organized by colour but I still needed to do something with them!

I recently made this Toronto Blue Jays postcard for a nephew and that’s when I knew that I wanted to make postcards from each of our provinces/territories. I’ve blogged about making postcards before, check under Blog Archives August 2014, but will do an updated version here.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is to use fusible, both sides, Pellon or Timtex. (the stuff you use to make fabric bowls etc) You can also use nonfusible pellon if you have fusible for the fabrics you will be using. Click on the photos for a larger view.

Cut your pellon 4 1/2″x 6.” You might even want to do the 5″ x 7″ postcard size as well.

Gather your scraps, applique sheet, iron and get set to have some fun. They can be as simple or as intricate as you want. It’s always fun to use your fancy stitches on these miniature pieces of art.

These scraps are pulled from the Canada mystery quilt stash. I don’t cut them to fit the post card as they sometimes shrink a bit and then you have pellon exposed. Now remember that this is two sided fusible so use your applique sheet so it doesn’t stick to your ironing board! Press and then turn it over for trimming. 

DON’T put your backing fabric on just yet or you will have stitching all over the postcard back and that makes it hard to write on! ;)

<— this is the back of the postcard after the stitching is completed on the front–>

I use a piece of white backing fabric. Here —> I have fused the backing on, turned it over to trim the excess fabric.

Choose a stitch to finish the edges. I use a variety depending on what talks to me. When you are finished stitching draw a line down the center and write postcard. The Canadian stamps are pretty sticky and I’ve never had a problem having stamps stick to them. :) Some people like to put their postcards in an envelope but I like getting them as they’re meant to be seen!

 

And here is the Beautiful BC postcard! I simplified it, using one tree and two orcas. The tree and mountains are free cuts, remember it just needs to be a representation, but I did trace the orcas from the pattern. To finish this one I used a satin stitch, a navy thread and a variegated one.

 

Here I’ve just used three strips, stitched them down and appliqued the lighthouse from the Nova Scotia block. These are fun and addicting to make.

 

Again, this uses just three strips, stitched down and the red chairs are from the Ontario block. I’ve put them together so they represent our National Park Services red chair program #sharethechair.

Here’s hoping the mailboxes fill up with awesome postcards depicting our awesome country.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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