Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Quilt Design (Post Card) Swap - Send by April 24th

Doris made up these sample "Quilt" post cards with paper pieces glued down on a background to create a pattern or design.  "Pen-stitches" with a marking pen were added to suggest thread being sewn by hand.  A white or black pen or other colors would be equally appropriate.

For this group swap, first choice is paper, but those with a fabric stash may cut material pieces and glue them on.  That is, unless you want to top-stitch raw edges through a paper backing.   Let's avoid lumpy "seams" which might require "non-machinable" postage to send each card.

TECHNIQUE IDEA:  
Larger fabric pieces can be ironed onto a two-sided
heat-bondable backing like Steam-A-Seam 2
or Heat n' Bond.  Leaving the protective backing 
paper attached, cut out large piece, then cut out 
smaller shapes like squares, triangles, applique details, etc.
Peel off the protective backing.
Arrange your pieces in the Quilt Design pattern you want
on some card stock backing.
Then cover with a Teflon ironing sheet or parchment
paper and gently press with a low heat setting 
to adhere your fabric to the post card base/backing.
We don't want to get melty goo on the iron plate, and
we don't want to burn the post card paper backing
underneath the fabric.  
Voila, no glue OR sewing required, 
and maybe (?) not even any sealant.  
Pen stitching might work on this. 

Suggested Designs:  Pieced, Appliqued, etc.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR PAPER:
 Gel medium or Golden Acrylic gloss glazing liquid
to seal your finished pieces so they don't
peel off in transit.  Thanks.

THEME:  Traditional or Abstract Quilt Design
MEDIA:  Paper or fabric
TECHNIQUE:  Glue pieces down, use ink to pen-stitch a quilting design, OR, top stitch fabric along raw edges with thread 
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/2" *
CHECKLIST:
  • sufficient postage for each piece you send
  • address labels for each piece you send
  • waxed paper between pieces
  • suggested- tape on four edges of your envelope


*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, WILL PROBABLY REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope 
and send by April 24th 
TO:
Doris Donnerstag
 213 Oakland Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ   08234

Questions:  d2475933@msn.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Things are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - Quilt " on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  A short friendly note or good wishes on the message side are always appreciated. 
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need non-machinable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4+1/4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov

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