Pet Post Cards

SAMQG is doing pet post cards as a charity outreach project and the cards will be available at the Houston Quilt Show 2014. I was inspired to make these by a memory of my bad cat who tormented my fish. Actually, I always thought the fish were tormenting the cat. He never managed to catch a fish. Though he did get wet.

My Bad Cat Pet Post Cards
My Bad Cat Pet Post Cards

We made post cards that used all kinds of techniques. My Bad Cats are raw edge appliqué and have a rat tail cord art quilt edging method to finish them off.

The rat tail cord edging is actually pretty easy. First use a narrow long zig zag to seal off the edges of your quilt sandwich. Then widen your stitch just a teeny bit, lay a rat tail cord right next to and touching the edge and zig zag it on the quilt. THEN, widen your stitch just a bit more and change the length so it is not quite a satin stitch. Since you stitched around twice already, there is enough thread already laid down that a true satin stitch won’t be necessary for a neat and pretty finish.

I’ll show in some future post how to make the ends of your rat tail edge meet up nicely.

Finally working on a pattern I bought so I can learn a new technique

Going to quilt shows always inspires me. People come up with so many ways to do the same thing. At the Houston a International Quilt Show 2012, I saw a beautiful stained glass style wall hanging in a vendors booth. But it was odd, the ” leading had no seams and wasn’t ribbon or bias. It kinda looked like stitch and slash, but was way more refined. The pattern maker, Linda Everhart, was there with her husband selling her patterns talked w me a bit. She also sold me two patterns. The instructions in the patterns were very clear. As often happens, I got home put the patterns away and got busy with other things.

I have been sick for a couple of days and going stir crazy. So I decided to do a quick project but being sick didn’t feel creative enough to start something from scratch. Also didn’t feel like manhandling some big heavy thing that needed some free motion, didn’t feel like standing at the long arm… . I pulled out those patterns I had laying around and found Linda’s Inspired Dreams. Here it is in progress.

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This is basically a whole cloth reverse applique. It’s really fun and fast to do. It’s a combo of fusing and applique as you quilt. You don’t do any sewing at all until you quilt the layers together. Now, for the part of assembly I think is the most fun, stripping off the last of the freezer paper.

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I’ll post a photo after it’s quilted.