ST&D, postcard 3

This is my final postcard, and I thought I’d do something a bit different.

I had some lovely greeny-aqua fabric with images of the Eiffel Tower on it in white. But it was just too bright and too aqua for this quilt, except perhaps in small quantities, where the print would be lost. So I played that old, old quilter’s trick, and turned it over. Using the back has toned down the colour beautifully and given it a textured, vintage feel. The idea of using this Eiffel Tower print led me to the remnants of a piece of very beautiful fabric given to me by Lynn at Tialys. I found a section which was large enough to become the front of my ‘Un Souvenir de Paris’ postcard. It’s not very teal-y but it plays nicely with the background, and I blanket-stitched it on with a peacock green thread to add definition between the postcard and the background. One of my remaining stamp transfers toned well with the butterfly in the corner, so that was stitched onto the back, together with a fabric air mail sticker from a piece of fabric generously donated by Margaret of The Crafty Creek.

I also want to let the whole Ovarian Cancer quilt group know that I had a phone conversation the other day with the Director of Fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Australia, during which she told me that our quilts are incredibly popular at their fundraising events, that they raise hundreds of dollars when the quilts are offered at the live auctions, and please don’t stop making and sending them!

So, ladies, huge congratulations on your efforts, and while you’re still happy to make blocks, we’ll be able to make excellent use of them πŸ™‚


31 thoughts on “ST&D, postcard 3

  1. craftycreeky says:

    Another beautiful block, I’m not surprised your quilts raise so much, they’re always beautiful πŸ™‚

  2. tialys says:

    Great idea to turn the Eiffel Tower fabric round – although I’m a bit worried now that the background of my postcard block is too powerfully teal. When I first saw your one I smiled because I remembered you said not to send you photos of the ones I’ve made but you would take your own so it will probably make you smile too when they arrive which, hopefully, should be any day now.
    I’m so pleased to hear about the popularity of the quilts at auction – I kept meaning to ask you whether we had any news about the last couple that you sent.

    • katechiconi says:

      I will need some postcard blocks that are stronger in colour, so don’t stress about it. I only turned my background because it was too much the wrong colour. I have a week to go before we’re off, so hopefully your blocks will arrive before then, but if not, we’ll be having our post held, so they will be safe.
      I was fairly thrilled with the conversation with OCA myself πŸ™‚ One of these days, I hope to make it down to Melbourne for an event, so I can see the quilt being auctioned.

  3. I’d love a sneak peek at the ‘right’ side of that fabric!
    You must be thrilled at the response to the quilts… a much more fun way of raising funds than a sponsored walk!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s fairly bright! And just too blue, whereas the back is nice and soft but you can still see the print. And yes, raising money this way is a whole lot more fun, and I much prefer to make something someone can keep than wandering aimlessly around a track or route with nothing to show at the end.

  4. claire93 says:

    what a clever idea, to use the reverse side of fabric!

  5. kathyreeves says:

    This post is just full of good news! The French Souvenir block is wonderful, as is the news from OCF. There is now an expectation that there will be a themed quilt, and people are gunning for it. πŸ˜„ Let the bidding war begin!!!

  6. dayphoto says:

    WOW! You quilt makers are doing a wonderful job! Keep up the good work!

  7. Lynda says:

    “Now, I feel ready to tackle half a dozen more!”

    Well then we all have much to look forward to! Loving your creative spark and your puns. πŸ™‚

  8. rutigt says:

    Great idea to use the fabric on the wrong side! πŸ™‚ Still havenΒ΄t started on the postcard, but IΒ΄ll do it soon!

  9. I’m just going through all your posts to see how best to attach my postcard pieces to the background. so good to hear from the Ovarian Cancer Fundraising group – it spurs me on to face the next part of the process!
    Love your block.

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