3. Tack a straight stitch round the rectangle on the drawn line, use a large stitch. This will give you a guide for quilting up to and holds it all together as you work. (I used 505 spray adhesive and no tacking).
4. Quilt the work – this does not have to be intensive, just enough to hold it all together. If machine quilting use white bobbin thread so that it does not show through at the next stage. I used a variegated top thread, and free machining. Loosen the top thread very slightly so that the white will not pull up from the back. You will find that the quilting slightly distorts the shape.
5. Lay the whole piece of work onto a piece of calico. I used 505 adhesive spray or pin the corners.
6. Re-draw the postcard shape on the front of the work to check that the corners are ‘square’.
7. Cut all to size. Do this just before you are going to complete the final stitching so that the work does not fray. A rotary cutter, a metal rule and cutting board are perfect for this.
8. Zigzag round the edge three times. Use matching bobbin threadand top thread.
b) width 3 length 1
c) repeat, stitching at a slower speed.