Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6 Fabric Postcards for 2018 Wish Upon a Card Challenge

The annual Sisters (Oregon) Outdoor Quilt Show (2nd Saturday in July) has a fabric postcard challenge each year where you make a postcard using the fabric that is sponsored by Robert Kaufman Fabric. I requested 2 fabric sets and received 2 different fabrics for the challenge. The postcards for the challenge had to be received by April 15th (today). But you can make 4" x 6" postcards to donate that will be sold (some auctioned) for the benefit of the SOQS Visual Arts & Design Scholarship Fund, after that date too. This is their 12th annual event for the postcards.

I have made and donated cards in the past, but have not entered the challenge before. So I decided to make as many cards as I could with the (2) 5" pieces of fabric that I received. I made 6 postcards. On some I used one of the fabrics in the postcard and some I used both fabrics in the postcard. The fabric I received was the blue grid print and the green print with the swirly circles. The other fabrics are my own scraps. The rules state you must use one of the fabrics in the card. They didn't say how much of the challenge fabric needed to be used, so on some I used a good amount and others just a tiny touch of it. It was fun to make these and I hope they bring in a lot of money for the cause, even if I don't win one of the 1st-3rd place prizes.

I have been to the quilt show several times in the past and was always amazed at the beautiful postcards that are created. The prize winning and several other of the nicest postcards are framed by High Desert Frameworks, a frame shop in Bend, Oregon who donates the mats, frames and their time to professionally frame each postcard they are given to frame. They do an outstanding job of choosing the right color mat and frame as well as the right size too. The frames I would guess are no larger than 11" x 14" and some are smaller too, and they always look beautiful. I have seen some of the silent auction framed postcards sell for as much as $500!

Here are the 5 postcards that I created and mailed off for the challenge. Wish me luck.

I used both challenge fabrics on the telephone. The blue grid and the circle of swirly green fabric. The background is just some random strips of fabric I pieced together. I used rickrack for the telephone cord. I added a crystal in the center of the phone dial.

Closer look.

I used the green challenge fabric in the stems and leaves and the blue challenge fabric for the top of the coneflowers. A few added crystals for some bling.

The top wings of the butterfly uses the blue challenge fabric. Crystals on the wings for some wing bling!

The challenge fabric is his blue bow tie. I added a crystal in the center of his bow tie and more crystals like snow falling on the background. 2 button eyes. (oops and a thread on his wing I didn't see when taking this photo, lol!)

Another telephone with the challenge fabrics in the opposite positions. The body of the phone uses the green challenge fabric, where the circle dial is the blue challenge fabric. Again I added a crystal and rickrack for the cord.

2 blue flowers with the challenge fabric and one green flower using the challenge fabric. Green rickrack for the stems and lots of crystal bling.

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  1. Madam you are the QUEEN of understated-not-showy blingification - I curtsy in your general direction! Those postcards are just. so. sweet ... the couched ric rac on the phone is perfection, and wing bling??!! Who could resist!

  2. CUTE and fun!! Love that little penguins eyes!! I NEED to make that Sisters quilt show one year!

  3. They are all truly wonderful, and I thought the old fashioned telephone — because of its retro-ness — would be my favourite... until I saw the penguin. (Yes, the offset button eyes on him are simply adorable.) Best of luck, my friend!

  4. I adore these, i love fabric postcards, they always make me happy. Of course you did what i consider your signature flower, the cone flower, and its lovely. The way you used rickrack is perfect. great use of the challenge fabrics. thanks for sharing!!

  5. Your postcards look awesome! I really, really love the penguin!

  6. They're all sew cute. I love them. Good Luck!

  7. CUTE and fun!! Love that little penguins eyes!! I NEED to make that Sisters quilt show one year!

  8. Sew much fun with your challenge fabrics to create postcards. I love the ric rac for the telephone cords. Your postcards are truly Win-worthy dear...Good Luck. <3


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