Thursday, May 9, 2013

Colorful Paper Quilt

Hi everyone, Catherine Scanlon here -- hope you are having a GREAT May so far -- I know I am -- even though warmer weather means I have to pack up the beautiful quilts on my bed for the summer. I've been a lover of quilts - especially colorful ones -- I've even made a few here and there over the years. I'm not going to share how that came out but let me just say my loosy-goosy style of crafting didn't work out well with creating quilts from fabric. Lots of mismatched quilt blocks didn't make for a great (or square) quiilt.

Since I do love to sew -- and especially so on paper -- I decided to create a colorful Hexagon quilt to remind me of my beautiful quilts that I won't dig out until next fall. Cutting the Hexagons for this quilt was a CINCH -- I chose 1 of each pattern from the Lily Bee Designs Head Over Heels paper pack and used my Big Shot to die-cut the papers. Because this die cuts 4 hexagons each time you use it -- I had all the Hexagons I needed with one pass from the stack of trimmed papers.

die cutting

I created a base quilt from a piece of black cardstock and arranged the hex's in a random pattern on top to cover it completely. I used a re-positionable adhesive to attach them -- that would allow me to move them around easily if I got stuck with two of the same pattern side by side when I was laying them out.

To make sure the Hexagons stayed in place I used my sewing machine with a straight stitch to sew each one to the base. When I had that done, I decided it needed a pretty floral image.

To create that image I used the Mini-Tickets Die with the Base tray to cut the larger tag from cream card stock. So I could mat it on a piece of coordinating patterned paper I trimmed about 1/16" from each side and used a tiny circle punch to trim the corners so it would mat nicely on the original sized ticket. When I was certain it would fit on the Mini-Ticket cut from patterned paper I stamped a pretty flower on it from the Flourishes the "Year of Flowers" with Black StazOn Ink.

I used a small watercolor palette and a tiny brush to paint the image to coordinate with the papers of my quilt.

To complete the focal point image I attached the image to the patterned paper Mini-Ticket with Foam Tape. To help it stand out from the paper quilt I used the ATC Die to cut a piece of black cardstock to mat the pretty image on. With a piece of pink ribbon sandwiched in between it is the PERFECT embellishment for my paper quilt!

To finish the design I stitched the paper quilt to a piece of the pink patterned paper from the Lily Bee Designs Paper Pack layered on top of black cardstock.

It looks AMAZING in an inexpensive 11 x 14 white frame from Target!

I'm going to feel nice and cozy all summer every time I see my beautiful paper quilt! I love it and it only took an evening to put together! This would make a beautiful baby shower -- bridal shower or gift for any occasion!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my fast and easy paper quilt!

Catherine Scanlon

die cutting supplies

paper: Lily Bee Design Head Over Heels HHK161; black cardstock
stamps: Flourishes A Year of Flowers SS090
ribbon: 1" Pink Satin Ribbon
paint: Watercolor palette, paint brush
adhesive: Foam Tape,
tools: Sewing Machine
other: 11 x 14 Frame from Target

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  1. Fun and lovely! Clever use of the ticket and atc dies.

  2. Beautiful paper quilt background. This would be a great technique for using paper scraps. I need the hexagon die! I love quilts too, I enjoy hand quilting, piecing is not my thing. I can't get them to match either. I enjoy applique and crazy quilting, it's more freeing. I could also see this background done with fabric cut with the die and using this method! Great technique!
    Jacquelene L

  3. What great detail in that card, Catherine! It's amazing the patterns that can be created by replicating basic shapes - I need to get back to my stash to see what I've been overlooking!
    Laurel Lee Pollard

  4. Very beautiful. I envy have a sewing machine! I used to, but I could never get the bobbin to work, threaded I mean. So I donated it to charity. Everyone in my family can sew but me. We all have our gifts. You have a wonderful eye for color. Great, great job. Well done.

  5. Love this that hexagon die and how you utilized it :)

  6. I love quilts too. But I never learned how to make them but I think I could pull this card together. By using Christmas/holiday papers, this would make a pretty Christmas card, as well. Thanks for sharing. Love your ideas!!


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