mqr postcard exchange

21 May

i participated in a fabric postcard exchange on a quilting forum i belong to. the theme was “recycle”. i was inspired by the heather bailey article in the april/may issue of mary englebreit’s home companion magazine. she worked with paper products and glue which easily converted to quilted fabrics.

first i cut up the leg of a pair of jammie pants. they are black and slickery. then i loaded a wool batting scrap and quilted it. i LOVE how the quilting turned out. be sure to click to enlarge this photo to see the quilting.

i should have put something on there so you could see the scale but the quilting is fairly little. not micro (not even close) but it’s little. i used a shiney varigated thread (can’t remember what)…..

then the fun began! i drank a 12 pack of strawberry soda and a 12 pack of vanilla coke zero. yum. this supplied me with PINK pop cans to cut up. i think i used 5 cans of the strawberry and 2-3 of the coke for 10 postcards.

supplies: bag of a straw like substance, patterns cut out of plastic, thread off extra bobbins.

cut your can using a kitchen scissors draw your pattern on the can (after you’ve washed it-being careful not to cut yourself)

cut out your shapes (mine were the body out of the strawberry can and the wing from the coke can (for contrast you know!)

sara (my sewing guru) recommended that i use a top stitch needle and just see how it goes. since i knew i had just put a top stitch needle in the machine i took off and it sewed like a dream. i first sewed the edges of the wing using a fairly loose zig zag (later i tightened it up a bit and it still sewed nicely). yep, that’s right. sewed right through a pop can! later when i needed to sew binding on a quilt i went to change the needle and realized that it was NOT a top stitch needle. it was a regular quilting needle. huh. ๐Ÿ™‚

i used a pin tack to position and put a hole in the wing and the body. i wiggled it around a bit so i could get the “brad” into it.

position the body on the postcard shape (mine were 4.5 x 6.5) and sew the edges of the body to the fabric. by using the “brad”, i was able to move the wing out of the way so i did not have to stitch through 2 layers of pop cans.

i glued a little crystal on the head for the eye and sewed a bit of straw like stuff for the nest and WALAA

i printed the information on card stock and then glued them to the fabric. then i stitched around the edges and popped them in the mail.

here’s the back of the card:

items recycled: jammie pants, scrap wool batting, leftover bobbins, pop cans,


16 Responses to “mqr postcard exchange”

  1. Judy May 21, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    Kay they’re wonderful!!!!! You amaze me! I never would have thought of using pop cans!

  2. AllenQuilts May 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm #


  3. freda1951 May 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    They are wonderful Kay. I love them.

  4. Gayle May 21, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    I think you win the prize for making a treasure out of trash. Awesome. I would have been surprised by the level of creativity….. but then remembered whose blog this was. Thanks for sharing how you did it.


  5. Terri May 21, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    I am catching up with blogs after being gone. I just had to say that these are wonderful! What a great project!!

  6. Jan May 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    Those are FABULOUS!! I think I would have been to chicken to sew pop cans on my machine. But wow!! That is amazing!!!! Too cool!! Fun!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. becca May 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    From here on out you shall be known as “miracle Worker”…..Wow Kay! I cant wait to get mine!

  8. Adam Chenevert May 21, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    i can’t believe you sewed through a metal can! awesome!

  9. myolivebranch May 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    you guys are too funny. i’m not a miracle worker, or amazing or anything…but i’m pretty good at copying someone else’s idea!

    i too was thrilled with sewing through the pop can…imagine the possibilities! my bernina didn’t even hesitate…it was smooth as silk.

  10. Jami May 22, 2008 at 12:21 am #

    Love, love, love them…Now I just wish I could have come up with a good idea so I could have joined in this month. Oh well, there is always the next one!

  11. Christine Olson May 22, 2008 at 3:20 am #

    Since a Bernina will sew right into a bone (ask a family friend of ours), I’m not surprised it sewed through the pop can. However, I am surprised the thread didn’t break.

    Way cool! (Or is the word “tight” these days… ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. carlafibers May 22, 2008 at 4:03 am #

    Brilliant!! And, of course, I love the bird theme! LOL

  13. sybil May 22, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    wowwie sissy.

  14. runandsewquilts May 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Oh I LOVE my postcard and am SO GLAD to read that the yellow stringy stuff was NOT your jammies!!! Way too COOL !!!
    You quilting is so great!

  15. kayp May 23, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    i’m so glad someone finally got one. i was starting to wonder what might have happened to them.

    i’ll try to keep my bones away from the needle!

    i thought you’d like the bird carla.

  16. teachgirl June 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    This was a truly awesome idea. Love it!

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