postcrossing

POSTCROSSING QUILT FINISHED!!!

Does anyone remember why I started this blog… or has anyone ever read my “about”? If not: Originally I started this weblog because of another hobby of mine: exchanging postcards with people from all over the world with postcrossing.com. In my profile there I asked postcrossing members to send me fabricpieces to create a “postcrossing-quilt”. Meanwhile that quilt is a work in progress  and I started running this blog to show how the quilt starts and grows with every new fabric I received. Thank all postcrossers for their sent fabrics & being part of it!

When I started sewing the postcrossing quilt … I never did something like that before (but always wanted to 🙂 ) … first (totally unexperienced with piecing) I have chosen a handsewing pattern and started with cathedral windows …  it seems to be perfect for all the different kind of fabrics I received: very shiny and thin lucent fabrics beside strechy ones and very heavy upholstery fabrics… and not all fabrics are cotton.  And so (… I’m so sorry …) I cut the first fabrics in small pieces… but then I started the blog and was more buzy with blogging than with postcrossing. I learned a lot about piecing and quilting, got a new sewing machine, made my first baby quilt… my first big quilt… And so I decided to make another pattern, something which was closer to the postcrossing item: I’ve chosen a kind of “postcard-pattern” and put all small pieces in the outer border:

The image of the front shows the “postcard-pattern” – I cut fabrics in postcard size, some pieces are on this picture covered with all the received postcards. The quilt measures 43″x43″ (110×110 cm), and that’s what it looks like now:

It's done

For the quilt’s back I chose a fabric from “Eclectic Elements”, designed by Tim Holtz because in my view it was perfect for the post topic: “Correspondance”.

... our postman's bicycle

… our postman’s bicycle

When I came back today morning from my “photo session” in our park I met our postman… and so I told him about the postcrossing quilt and that it was he who delivered all these envelopes with fabric to me… He didn’t want to be photographed, he said, but with his bike I could do what I wanted – so I did. 🙂

All in all I received fabrics from 15 postcrossers from 11 countries. If you want to check out all the different fabrics you can do in my special posts about the fabrics I received. Here you’ll find the first pattern I tried too…

I just noticed, I didn’t show the last fabric piece I received from Michelle, NL: it was a tiny piece of a scarf.

 

last piece

 

 

 

 

 

I stiched all postcrosser’s names and countries where I received fabrics from in a border on the quilt top – thank you all for being a part of it:

When I see the pictures now… I have again to say: THANK YOU!!! I’m so thankful for all these fabric pieces and that you all joined in  the project.  And thank you all for your support for me – without you I would have never had the courage to blog (certainly not in English) – for me personally it was really a milestone!

That quilt is now an international web… fabrics from all that different countries interwoven – for me it is a sign of  cross border friendship and so important in times like ours.

Fabric one for another postcrossing quilt!

Sari from Finland sent fabric one for another postcrossing quilt!

Caused by a strange coincidence last week  I received another envelope with fabric – the quilt was already almost finished, just a rest of the binding I was left. First I thought about a kind of afterwards appliqué … but how could I add name & country then… And so I decided the fabric piece from Sari, Finland will be the first of another postcrossing quilt. I’ll collect fabrics from all over the world until the end of summer 2015 and start sewing in autum… perhaps a scrappy one … or some appliqué?

 

New fabric for the postcrossing quilt…

… a new fabric for the – since april waiting – postcrossing quilt arrived. It was sent to me by Ann from UK. With the fabric received Ann’s nice handicraft-postcard.

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27/04/2014 Postcrossing Quilt

Now I sewed in all kinds of fabrics I received… and are waiting now for some more, cause I want the cathedral-window-part bigger to represent all involved fabrics. It has now 12×18”. Around it I want to make a frame which should represent all countries and postcrosser’s names who sent me fabrics. I think it will take much more time …

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30/03/2014 Step By Step & Piece By Piece

Step by step, one piece after another… so it grows with every piece… and it will take its time…

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Fabric Pieces I Received Until 10/03/2014 & The Pattern I chose for it

 

At last I chose the “cathedral-window” pattern.

On postcrossing we send and receive postcards… regularly without an envelope. But all the fabric pieces came to me in envelopes – even this is symbolized in the quilt pattern, because all pieces of basic-fabric are folded a bit like an envelope. Otherwise postcrossing is in my opinion a window into the world… even this I’ll show with the window-pattern.

Below there is a description how it works… but first… this is the place where I do it:

workingplace

The place where I work… mostly carefully watched by one of my cats

For the cathedral-window-pattern 4 pieces of basic fabric have to be folded …

Four pieces of the basic squares where sewn together… after that the fabric pieces are sewn in as shown:

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