Celebration pattern GC215

I’ve been playing around with cakes. Isn’t a cake a wonderful invention. It can say welcome to my house, welcome home or thank you for joining us to celebrate a birthday, birth of a child, an engagement or a wedding. So it is a fitting design to put on a greeting card for just these occassions.

This pattern can be created in two ways – Just Squares or Layered Squares and can use either 1 inch or 3/4 inch squares. It is a design which will have you looking through your embellishment box because for this design you may as well go over the top.

Here are some examples.

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Layered Squares 3/4 inch squares technique using Anna Griffin and First edition papers

 

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Layered Squares 1 inch squares using Anna Griffin and First Edition papers.

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Just Squares 1 inch squares Using First Edition papers.

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Just Squares 3/4 inch squares using DCWV papers.

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A new year – a new technique

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I am diving into my studio shed and kicking off 2016 with the release of the first in a series of step-by-step technique guides. In this first guide you will discover the beautiful techniques of Top Stitch, Padded Top Stitch and just Plain Padded Paper Quilting. Through detailed instructions and photos, you can learn how to transform a single piece of beautiful paper with a grid of straight stitching. Or, add padding to create a “puffy” Paper Quilt with or without a stitching grid. No die cutting or paper punching required. These simply gorgeous Paper Quilts can be used on greeting cards, pictures and scrapbook pages. These techniques can also be used in fabric quilting.

I have worked on these techniques for more years than I care to think about. The way I began creating quilts, using this idea, was just too difficult and tricky. I knew it would give you more problems than you could poke a stick at. But it’s all been sorted now – so I hope you enjoy these ideas and where you can take them yourself. I look forward to seeing how you use these techniques in your own creations.

Here is a link to a short YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay9NTyD3VKI&feature=em-upload_owner

If you would like to learn about Top Stitch, Padded Top Stitch and Plain Padded Paper Quilting, please pop over to the Paper Quilt Creations shop: http://www.paperquiltcreations.com/shop/latest-patterns to place an order.

Here are a few examples of Paper Quilts using these techniques.

 

 

Star Shine # GC212

I’m not sure why I haven’t done this design before – it was so obvious. But getting the star to look just right took quite a bit of trial and error – who would think? When it’s a simple shape it has to be just so doesn’t it.DSC03028

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This design is very versatile as a greeting card or small picture for both girls and boys, women and men. Great for Birthdays, Father’s Day, congratulations or for Christmas greetings. Created using either 1 inch or 3/4 inch squares using the easy and fully explained Layered Squares technique (or adapt it to the Just Squares technique by sewing the star, cutting it out and layering onto a background paper).

The design seems to work well with solid coloured papers or those with a very tiny pattern (the red, white and blue star uses a blue floral paper from Anna Griffin). Solid, foil embossed Christmas wrap in gold was used on the Christmas star. The background can be created as bands of colour or in all the same colour. Embellish with sparkles, charms or wording for the perfect greeting card.

This is a great project for teaching simple sewing to any age group – both girls and boys.

The design can also be adapted to be a fun hanging ornament or very special gift tag – pictures to follow. (promise!).

Easter Rabbit

This little rabbit is so adorable. I have christened her Millikins. This design can be used at Easter time but would also make a lovely birthday card, gift tag or small picture. Create this design in any colour way or style you wish.

Create her in stripes or 1 inch squares.

Pattern # GC209  http://www.paperquiltcreations.com/shop/latest-patterns

Available as a Print and Post or download pattern.

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Butterfly Card

I am having such a great time re-creating all my Paper Quilt patterns for the new presentation boards.

Butterfly Card pattern is one of the most popular patterns. But the central body is sometimes a bit fiddly and difficult as it is quite small. Why not just leave it out! re-create the body with graduating crystals instead. I think it gives a fantastic result – and so much quicker and easier. Amazing how different a selection of papers from My Minds Eye “Lost and Found – Heirloom collection”  looks just by changing the background colour.

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Happy St Patricks Day – to all on the 17th.

May you always have…Walls for the wind.                                                                                                A roof for the rain. Tea (or a swift half or two) beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you. Those you love near you. And all your heart may desire.

I have a tiny bit of Irish blood in me, so I embrace it on St Patricks Day.

Here are a few Paper Quilts which embrace the Irish spirit. Four were commissioned to be patterns for the inaugural International Irish Quilt and Craft  Festival in 2012.

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