I used silk flowers under a sheer rainbow colored fabric that I found at Wal-Mart. I stitched a magnet to the back so they could go on the fridge. They are postcard size but the beads made it impossible to mail without an envelope. I mailed them to family members that year, 2006.
Earlier this year a grandson asked for one 'like his Mother's' and I made this:Truth time: the flowers were already attached and most of the quilting done. I added the 7 and the beads and finished the back and it still took about 2 hours.
While digging I found this unsent card:(I wrote a thank-you note it and mailed it.)
So, I knew I needed to make a special card, but did not want to have beads be on it (the child is turning 3!). So I took the left over 4-patches...for this project (which is supposed to be done today)and sewed them together for the background, thinking fancy postcard.... realized that I had NO silk flowers, (one of the things I cleaned out about 8 months ago). Then sewed a few more 4-patches to it.... When my amateur #3 looked horrible I looked at my fabric stash and found one with rabbits on it. I added 3 rabbits to the front before the sheer fabric. If you look real hard you can see them. I used the rabbit fabric for the back and wrote Happy Birthday on it. Now I have one big birthday card; at least big enough to wrap around a beanie baby.
Things I did different on this card;
- used wonder under on the rabbits
- had bigger folds of fabric
- edged it with rick rack...which worked great (I did not want to bind.)
- top stitched at edge of border on top of everything to hold backing in place.
- pieced the background (I really like the pieced background.)
- the jerky quilting
- the sticky batting (I could find a thin backing)
- the not enough contrast rabbits...or I could have put them on top.
- the corners of the rickrack...how DO you get around the corners easily?
- that now I 'get' to make 8 more birthday cards...well, I'll have to keep track; a 1 year old doesn't need a fancy card...but that means I'll have to keep track of which one got one and which one didn't...not sure I can do that. Since that 'card' took most of a whole day to make I'm not doing this every year.
I found the article that inspired me in Quilting Arts Fall 2006 written by Peggy Holt of Montana