Art on a small scale, fabric postcards can commemorate a major life event or celebrate friendship “just because”. Kaleidoscope Fiber Art Postcard honors a friend’s retirement. This card was just one of many created to confirm that this friend touched many lives over the years.
I call this design a kaleidoscope, but it also resembles a starburst or sunburst image. In Electric Quilt design software, I can design repeated shapes with consistent angles and proportions. With the software I can place each shape precisely where I want it. Then Electric Quilt prints the whole design and individual templates for construction without nasty surprises. I drew one wedge, then copied and rotated it before final placement. I like having a roadmap to follow, especially with a fussy design.
Working with a symmetric “star”, I wanted an overall design asymmetric design – not a bullseye in the center. So on a printed version, I played with a 4 x 6 inch frame (finished postcard size), moving it over the design until I found a pleasing composition. Once I marked my 4 x 6 outline, I had a pattern to follow.
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I marked the outline on my background fabric. With fusible web applied to the back of my design fabrics, I cut each shape according to the pattern. Starting from the center of the star and working my way out, I fused each piece into place, overlapping the 4 x 6 perimeter. A nonstick pressing sheet protects my iron. With the card area filled, I trimmed the excess to give me my postcard shape.
Then, I layered the tiny quilt top with Timtex (a stiff interfacing) and fused a light-colored fabric to the back where I wrote a message. I machine quilted the piece, then finished the edges with a colorful zigzag stitch.
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