Make a Quilt Greeting Card

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Here's a fun way to use up odd bits of fabric from your stash and have a personal quilt greeting card as a small gift that friends and loved ones will treasure. You can also use this technique to experiment on a small scale for ideas for larger quilt projects.

The quilt greeting card I show here is one I am making for a friend to cheer him up in a difficult time. I wanted it to look like a lush tropical forest detail. It's 9" x 12" (and you'll see the pins since I haven't sewn the binding yet.

Here are the Step-by-Step Instructions

(See more photos of my card HERE)

These are easy to make and take about 2 hours

1. Choose a dark fabric for front background and a light back fabric, cut each 8" x 11" approximate size.
2. Choose simple motif(s) for your theme: heart(s), tree, houses, flower, animal, star(s), etc.
3. Choose fabric(s) for your motif to contrast strongly with the dark or other front background fabric. Use bright and cheerful fabrics.
4. Trace or use copy machine to put the motif(s) onto paper.
5. Pin or use glue stick to put the motif on the motif fabric and with sharp embroidery scissors cut out the motif. It's OK to be a little sloppy cutting, this is a raw edge, casual look.

6. Arrange the motif(s) on the dark background until you like the look, pin, baste or use glue stick to hold in place temporarily.
7. Thread sewing machine and sew around the inside edges of the motif stitching it to the background. Put in a new contrasting color thread and do it again. Use /// back and forth motions or drop feed dogs and free motion sew.
8. Using other threads to "scribble" around on the surface, or thread a sharp large-eyed embroidery needle and use a free form running stitch to embellish with floss or other embroidery threads. Use several colors.
9. Using a waterproof pen, Sharpie, or other indelible pen - write a greeting on the light backing fabric and sign it. Iron to set ink.
10. Layer signed back face down, a piece of batting and the embellished fabric face up. Baste or pin. Put a 8-10" piece of ribbon or yarn with ends trapped between layers in each top corner for hanging.
11. Stitch with machine or by hand to quilt the 3 layers - use a simple grid or free motion with feed dogs down. Scribble around on the surface.
12. Sew around the outer perimeter on all 4 sides 3-4 times catching the ends of the hanging ribbon firmly - if your machine does a zig-zag stitch use that or use straight stitch or free motion - use several different color threads.
13. Trim the 4 sides, this is casual, no binding needed. Use wavy blade scissors if you have them. Press with cloth or towel to steam and flatten the greeting card.
14. Add some buttons for fun if appropriate (eyes, flower centers, flying things, etc.).


Don't worry if you can't draw a motif, just use geometric shapes - or fold and cut paper as for paper dolls. Try looking at Dover Pubublications books of silhouettes and clip art or children's coloring books, printed greeting cards, etc.

Instead of using a motif outline on paper, find a large, bold fabric print with motifs to cut out from the fabric to use: fish, trees, flowers, hearts.

In step 6 above you can use fusible web for fastening the motif(s) to the background fabric if desired.

One way to be prepared to make these on the spur of the moment is to keep a plastic tub of pre-fused fabric in your sewing room. I put any scraps of fabric to which I've applied Wonder-Under or other fusible web in one tub so I can dip into it as needed.

I also like to go to fabric shops that carry fabric for interiors and decorating and buy a few pieces with large motifs on them - large flowers and leaves are fun to have. I didn't use any in this sample, but I have in the past on others.

After you fuse your basic pieces down you can embellish with buttons, beads and machine and hand stitching. You'll see in the photos below that I added some no. 5 pearl cotton in long running stitches around some areas by hand and also did some machine stitching.

If you make quilt greeting cards, I'd love to share photos of what you've made. Take a photo or lay it on a scanner and email to me with a little explanation or story to 'quilting at' (I've put the word "at" instead of the @ sign to try to cut down on the spam emails)

Susan Druding

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