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Quilted Postcards {Tutorial}


In my previous post, I shared my current experiment with quilted postcards. I make a finished 4 x 6″ standard sized postcard. Here is the list of materials and the instructions which start after you have a finished 4 1/2 x 6 1/2″ postcard front.


  • One (1) 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieced front
  • One (1) 4 1/2 ” x 6 1/2″ backing fabric
  • One (1) 4 x 6″ Fusible Fleece (like Pellon 987F) or
    Two (2) 4 x 6″ SF101 Pellon ShapeFlex
  • Thread for piecing/quilting
  • One (1) Adhesive Postcard back (purchased from


The postcards cannot be too thick otherwise you will not be able to use normal postcard postage so I use fusible fleece that is like a quilt sandwich or two pieces of Shape Flex interfacing (one on each side fused to the back and the top).

I have two ways of making my postcards. The first is not that different from a normal quilt, and can be seen in this image below. Take the postcard pieced top and baste to the fusible fleece, and then baste with a glue stick the bottom fabric to the fusible fleece. Quilt as desired, trim. Zig-zag or overlock the edge of the post card to finish.


The second method, I chose since I was using bias tape and wanted to encapsulate the bias tape edges within the edge of the postcard. Here are the step by step instructions for this finish.

  1. Fuse the fusible fleece to the top of the pieced postcard top.fullsizeoutput_23fb
  2. Quilt the top with the fleece as desired and add the bias tape to the front.fullsizeoutput_23f9
  3. Place the top and back right sides together (RST). Stitch a 1/4″ seam around the postcard edge, leaving a two inch opening along one edge.fullsizeoutput_23f7
  4. Cut the corners inside the seam line, removing the bulk in corners. fullsizeoutput_23fc
  5. Turn the postcard inside out, using a chop stick or pencil end to push the corners out.
  6. Press the postcard edges, to position the seams folds correctly. Top stitch the edge of the postcard. fullsizeoutput_23fe
  7.  To finish the postcard, take one of the adhesive postcard backs and place it on the back side of the fabric.

The other size you can consider is a 5 x 7″ postcard and you will need to purchase the appropriate adhesive backs.

Let me know if you have any questions. If you make any postcards I would love to see them on Instagram – just tag me @ml_wilkie or use #quiltypostcards.





Sew Ready to Play {mastermind tutorial}

Louise over at I’m Feeling Crafty is hosting Sew ready to Play Blog hop. There have been some great projects created based on a game you play.  Check out other posts:


Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co
Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry
Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table
Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty
Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters
Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts (today)
Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne
Sept 30th- The Recap!

One of my favorite games, since I was a kid, is mastermind.  I decided for this game I played with my husband, using the attempts as a framed quilted block. It will be art for a kids room or playroom.


Tutorial: Kids Framed Quilt Block

Finishes at 16 x 20in.



  • 3 1/2in strip Kona Titanium
  • 3/4in strip Kona White
  • 4in strip Kona Citrus, Kona Sour Apple, Kona Red, and Kona Astral
  • 1/2 yard Kona Sliver
  • 16 x 20in Batting (Cotton)
  • 16 x 20in Muslin (backing fabric)
  • One (1) 16 x 20in Picture Frame (White)
  • Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter
  • Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Hera Marker
  • Spray Glue

Cutting Instructions

Fabric  Finished cut
Titanium  One (1) 3 1/2 x 13 1/2in Strip
White One (1) 3/4 x 13 1/2in Strip
Two (2) 3/4 x 4in Strip
Silver Two (2) 3 1/2 x 2in Rectangle
One (1) 1 1/2 x 16in Strip
One (1) 15 1/4 x 16in Rectangle
Sour Apple
Four (4) 2 1/4 Circle


RST – Right Sides together
All seams are assumed to be 1/4in.


  1. Take the titanium strip and the white 13 1/2 in strip, place them RST. Stitch a 1/4in seam along the long edge of the rectangles. Press seams open.
  2. Take the two short white strips and sew them to each short end of the titanium rectangle. Press seams open and trim as appropriate.
  3. Again, on each of the short sides of the titanium rectangle use the one (1) 3 1/2 x 2 in rectangle of silver Kona. Press seams open.  Trim evenly on both sides, so that the finished block is 16 in.
  4. Take the silver 1 1/2 x 16in strip and sew the bottom of the titanium strip (the white strip used in step 2 is the top of the block).
  5. Place top of the block and the large silver rectangle (15 1/4 x 16 in) RST, matching the two 16in sides. Pin and sew the pieces together. Press seams open.

Circles and Placement

  1. To cut out the circles I used a Olfa Circular rotary cutter. It works pretty well, you just need to ensure a smooth motion while cutting. Layer no more than two pieces of fabric.
    Note: I cut a couple of extra so I could choose the better ones for this piece.img_7262
  2. Start within the titanium colored rectangle for marking. Using a ruler and a Hera marker, mark half way on the height of the titanium strip (this should be 1 1/2in).
  3. To place the circles, I used this center line and eye ball the middle for each circle. Placement starts at the left by measuring 1/2in. Fold the Astral circle in 1/2 press with fingers. Use the glue stick on the back of the dot and press down with warm fingers. Place the astral circle centered with the left edge against this 1/2in starting placement.
  4. Each additional circle is 3/4in apart. Repeat the glue process with each. You should land up with 1/2in at the right side of the sour apple (green) dot. Once all circles are on the row, press with an iron.
  5. Now that the first row are attached, use the ruler and Hera marker to draw the vertical lines through the center of these circles to the top. This will be used for placement of the upper circles and quilt lines. Note: the lines will be approx. 3in apart.
  6. For top horizontal lines, that will be used to also center the circles and quilt lines, measure 3 1/4in from the top of the silver fabric. Use a Hera Marker along this line for row 1.
  7. Repeat with a Hera Marker every 3 in. until you are approx. an inch from the bottom row “box”.
  8. Fold each circle in half and then in quarters. Press with your fingers. Place glue to the back of the circles. Use these hand pressed lines to match up with the Hera Marker lines.  Hold the circle down with your hand as the glue adheres. At the end of each row, press with an iron.
    Placement of the circles for each of the rows are as follows (L–R):
    Top (Row 1): Red, Astral, Sour Apple, Citrus
    Top (Row 2): Astral, Sour Apple, Citrus, Red
    Top (Row 3): Sour Apple, Citrus, Red, Astral


Quilt Construction

  1. To make your quilt sandwich, spray glue the batting to the muslin (preferably outside or in an open space). Press with an iron.
  2. Spray glue the batting and carefully align and place the top to the batting. Smooth with hands. Press the top to the batting.
  3. Quilt your sandwich as you desired. I used the Hera Markings as guide for 3in gridded quilt lines. Trim if needed.
    Note: I matched my thread to the silver background fabric.
  4. Place your quilted block/ mini quilt inside the frame and it’s now ready to be hung in a room.
    Note: Remove all lint before placing into frame. Photo’s will be best without the glass.