Next step – pull fabrics. I decided to use batik fabrics as I love the way the colors blend dark to light values on just one piece of fabric. These are the choices I came up with as a start for the postcard. I always make adjustments to my fabric choices as I go along as sometimes the colors or values don’t play nice with each other when it comes down to the correct size pieces. As you can see I did eliminate two of the greens and just selected different areas of the one green fabric for shading of the leaves. I think the values work ok but will know more after I cut the pieces out of the fused fabric.
I cut the shapes and arranged them into a pleasing configuration. I did use tweezers to nudge the petals and leaves into place as it is much easier than using my fingers. As you can see, the final design is a little different than the free graphics design I printed. At this stage the flowers and leaves are just fused to the blue background fabric. I cut a piece of Timtex larger than the finished postcard and fused the backing fabric to one side. I quilted around the applique shapes then quilted the background with a combination of feathers and echo quilting. I used silk thread as I love the weight and the sheen of the stitching. When the entire postcard was quilted I trimmed the postcard to size and fused a message printed on cardstock to the back and trimmed it to size.
The last step was to zig-zag around the outside through all the layers. I used burgundy thread – it is OK but after it was finished I wasn’t sure it was the right thread color choice but once the stitching is done with the paper cardstock it can’t be redone. I sure wouldn’t want to try to hit the holes in the paper a second time and new holes would pretty much tear the paper.
I am sure you are still wondering about the title of this blog…..take a look at the photo below. Disaster has struck my sewing room.
Of course I was using the sewing machine, iron, starch and the ironing surface but everything else could have been put away and I sure would have had a lot more room to work and not have to walk around an obstacle course to get to the iron. I don’t know about you but when I am in a zone to create I just forge ahead and clean up afterwards. If I stop to clean before I am done I just loose my momentum. Maybe I will get it cleaned up before I get another project started….or maybe not. I certainly won’t show this photo again anyway!