When: Starting Monday, September 18th, 2023
Where: Lori Holt's Blog: https://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/
What you Need: Purchase your Home Town Sewing Kit in store or online HERE. Receive 15% off your kit if it's purchased before the start of the virtual class, September 18th.
Before the Class Starts Visit this webpage:
Join our QM Postcard Contest
Mail us a QM postcard you make by Dec 1st Follow the directions below. You will be entered in our drawing for a $25 gift certificate! Happy Postcard making and Good Luck.
This handmade quilted postcard tutorial is not only unique, it's a TON of fun! These postcards are fast to make, utterly adorable to send and you don't even need to wrap them because they are mailable all on their own! Yes, you
heard that right. You can actually stick on a stamp and send a quilted postcard through the mail. I tested this with success using USPS just to make sure. Quilted postcards are like tiny quilts. You can send them along with a sweet little message to anyone you love and appreciate! They’re easy to make so you really can make one for everyone on your holiday craft list. This is also a great project for using scraps, which if you know me, you know is my favorite thing. Since they are so small (just 4''x6'') quilted postcards are easy to personalize for the recipient, or for any holiday! They’re basically the perfect mashup of a handmade quilt and a holiday card, and they make a wonderful keepsake.
Can A Quilted Postcard Be Mailed?
Sure, quilted postcards are cute. But can you mail them? Yes! Before we get started, here are your mailing options.
- Mail it like a postcard: According to USPS, postcards cannot be larger than 4''x6'' and no thicker than 1/4''. If you choose to mail your quilted postcard like a traditional postcard, you will have to use a standard letter stamp rather than a postcard stamp. You will also need to finish your postcard edges
with a satin stitch rather than binding.
- Pop it in an envelope: I lean towards this method of shipping for a couple of reasons. The envelope offers extra protection for your tiny quilt masterpiece. The envelope also makes it easier for the postal service to process your card, which is particularly important during the holiday season. Sending it in
an envelope means you can add a binding to your postcard, making it look just like a little quilt! As long as your envelope weighs less than one ounce you can still use a standard letter stamp. If it weighs more than one ounce, just add a second stamp!
Step 1: Create Your Quilted Postcard Top Time to get crafty! Create your 4.5''x6.5'' quilted postcard top using any method you want. Since your quilted postcard is so small, this can be a great opportunity to try out some new-to-you quilting pattern. You your scraps
and be creative!
Step 2: Baste And Quilt (Optional to quilt it) I skip this step and go right to step 3.
Step 4: Trim the Postcard! Using a rotary cutter and quilting ruler, trim your postcard down to 4” x 6”.
Step 5: Finish Your Postcard With a Satin Stitch Your postcard is nearly ready to head out on its adventure to your lucky recipient! You just need to finish those pesky raw edges. A quick and simple method for finishing your postcard is to create a satin stitch around the edge using a very short zig zag stitch. This is the finishing method you should choose if you plan to send your postcard the old fashioned way, with just a stamp on the back. Strap your walking foot onto your machine (or an overcasting foot if you have one), and set your machine to do a short, wide zig-zag stitch. Every machine is a little different, but on mine, I usually choose to do a stitch that is 3.5 wide, and .5 long. Run some tests on scrap fabric until you get the desired width and density if you aren’t sure. Going slowly, and with the cardstock side up if you chose that as your card backing, begin stitching around one side of your postcard, until you reach a corner. At the corner, when your needle has reached the edge of your card and is
in the leftmost position, lift your presser foot up just a little bit and pivot your card 90 degrees. Try to keep your card as close to the needle as possible while you’re pivoting, to avoid any long stray threads.
Continue stitching until you reach the beginning of your satin stitch, joining the two ends together.
Step 6: Mail Your Masterpiece! Add a short message to the back. If you’re going to ship your postcard without an envelope be sure to add the
address on the back as well. Pop your card into an envelope, or just put a stamp on the back, and off it goes!
Just for Fun, Mail your postcard to
116 1 st Street. S.
PO Box 12
Montgomery MN 56069
Use QM 2023 fabric and We will draw a lucky Postcard Winner on Dec 1st 2023. Winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to use online or in the shop.
Due to road construction happening this summer, please see the map below on how to get to our shop in downtown Montgomery!
About Quilter's Dream
Quilter's Dream opened in December of 2006. I have been a long time quilter for more than 20 years. I was a stay at home Mom of eleven children, yes, I said 11. While raising children, I taught music lessons for a number of years out of my home. I never even thought of opening a quilting store until one night...I had a dream (I know it sounds strange, I have never had one before, nor one since). My dream told me I must open a quilt shop, so I decided to follow the dream and here we are! After many months of renovating our historic building in downtown Montgomery, MN it really was a "Dream" to finally open our doors for business. We have a loved every minute of creating, working, and providing great fabrics and crafts for all your needs.
Since opening, we have added 2 APQS Long Arm Quilting Machines and now provide a quilting service as well as rental of the machines. You can finish your own quilt or have us quilt it for you.
In 2018, we opened The Nest Retreat Center. You can now rent our craft room located conveniently inside our quilt shop and stay in our newly renovated 2nd floor retreat center that sleeps up to 8 comfortably. All meals are included in our retreat center rentals! Spend the week crafting, sewing or just relaxing in a spacious and convenient space.