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8/20 - Fabric Postcards with Carol Morrissey



I’ll share my favorite fusing techniques while we make colorful postcards using fused, raw-edge appliqué.  You can actually mail these postcards if you want, or use them as gifts, frame them, or swap with friends.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: The supply list will be emailed prior to class

Each attendee is required to purchase my Texas Wildflowers Postcards pattern ($14 plus tax), or one of my other postcards patterns.

Supplies:
1. Pencil and note paper.
2. One yard of Wonder Under. If you prefer another brand of paper-backed fusible web, that?s okay, but I use Wonder Under #805 by Pellon. If I am teaching in person, I will bring a bolt that will be available for purchase during class.
3. A non-stick pressing sheet or some parchment paper. This is optional but helpful. Note: Parchment paper is different than freezer paper.
4. A light box.
5. Scissors. We will cut paper-backed Wonder Under that is fused to fabric, so if you don't want to use a particular pair of scissors on paper, bring a pair that you don't mind using on Wonder Under.
6. Iron and ironing surface
7. Heavy-duty fusible interfacing/stabilizer such as Peltex 72F (or similar product). The postcards measure 4" x 6", so purchase yardage accordingly depending on how many postcards you wish to make. People typically make two to four during the workshop. Some brands of interfacing/stabilizer have fusible product on one side, both sides, or neither. It does not matter which brand you get, or whether it is fusible, because you can apply Wonder Under to it during class if needed. I will bring a bolt of Peltex so that you may purchase it during class (unless I am teaching in a shop where it is for sale). Pre-cut 4" x 6" pieces of Peltex 72F will be available for $.50 each if you need more during class.
8. Rotary cutter, small rotary ruler (you will cut 4" x 6" shapes), and cutting mat.
9. Optional: tweezers

Fabrics:
Each postcard requires 4" x 6" pieces of fabric for the front and back. These can be one color, or two different colors. The pieces of fabric we'll need for the appliques are small, so you can use those pretty batik scraps that you've been saving. Batiks are recommended for this project. Commercial prints tend to fray when cut into small pieces.

Regarding sewing machines: It is not necessary to bring a sewing machine. You'll want to zigzag the outer edges of the postcards after they are finished, but you do not need to do that in class
Instructor: Carol Morrissey
Instructor Bio: Carol Morrissey is a fifth-generation Texas quilter. Inspired by her mother's and grandmothers' sewing skills, she began sewing clothing at the age of eleven. Carol didn't join the quilting world until she was in her thirties, but once she did, she fell in love with everything connected with quilting, especially the designing process. Her first projects were baby quilts that were gifts for friends. Those first projects were based on traditional patchwork, but they were her original designs. As the years passed, Carol found herself continually intrigued and challenged by the possibilities of creating original work. In 2004, she began publishing her own patterns under her company name OCarol (www.ocaroldesigns.com). She also designed a series of templates that are used to sew hexagons and other shapes without using paper foundations. Carol's work has been displayed internationally, and is in many private collections. One of her achievements is a solo exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Natural Science, where she presented an exhibition of 26 of her quilts that are inspired by nature. This was an especially happy event for Carol, as this museum was one that she had frequented as a child growing up in Dallas, Texas. She was also pleased to have several quilts displayed at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas, including her Iguana that was shown during the museum's opening. Her quilts have received many awards, as well as being included in various magazines and books, including 500 Art Quilts, an Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work, and Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011. Viewers of The Quilt Show, with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, are able to watch Carol at work in Episode 1908, in which she demonstrates her popular fabric postcard techniques as well as showing how to use ink on fabric. She is also featured in Episode 2710 of The Quilt Show, in which she demonstrates her Exaggerated Pointillism technique. While Carol will always enjoy traditional patchwork, her quilting has included many non-traditional methods and techniques. She dyes much of her fabric herself, and also uses ink and paint on her fabrics. Pictorial quilts have always been of interest to her. Some of her pictorial quilts, such as her Spider Lilies and her Horned Lizard, are realistic, but in recent years she has experimented with more abstract images, using circles as the major design element. In addition to her love of quilting, she is also passionate about gardening, travel and photography. Her quilts often reflect her love of nature, so you might not be surprised to learn that her back yard is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. It's not unusual to see frogs, toads, lizards, snakes, rabbits, and many kinds of birds in her yard. She enjoys exhibiting her artwork, presenting programs to groups, and teaching techniques such as free-motion machine quilting and thread painting, using fabric inks and paints, how to create an original design from a photograph, her Hippy Dippy Dotty Collage technique, and fused fabric postcards. She lives in Double Oak, Texas, just north of Dallas.
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