I have been quilting lately. Shown below are my four most recent quilts. Aren't they adorable?
I know I had you fooled. You REALLY thought I had taken up quilting -- like with fabric and thread -- didn't you?
These cozy little Christmas quilts are made from paper!
They are the end result when you take advantage of what I consider the star of the Creativity Delivered 2017 Holiday Catalog, which goes live to the public on September 1. The Suite I am referring to is Quilted Christmas, which can be found on pages 4 and 5 in the Holiday Catalog.
I realize that later on in the catalog, you can become smitten with mittens. But, I am tragically smitten with this quilted suite.
The Quilt Builder Framelits Dies on page 5 include 15 dies. But the one I am most in love with is the second from the right, the square with a quilt pattern in the center. And then do you see the darling Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper stack at the bottom of that same page?
Using 3" squares of four of the different designs in the paper stack, plus, four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares of Garden Green cardstock, with a 3 1/4" square of scrap cardstock for the back of the quilt piece, yields these four completed quilts! The die I referred to in the previous paragraph is the magic behind these little quilts.
I didn't notice until I had crafted several quilts that you can actually make four quilts using the same set of cut papers. I guess I'm a slow learner. But, by simply switching up the various pieces among the four quilts, you end up with four quite different-looking quilts, as can be seen in the four photos below.
The perfect sections created with the die and the cardstock makes it so so simple to put together a quilt, and have it look perfect every single time.
Before I begin adding the quilt pieces to the diecut frame, I glue a 3 1/4" square of scrap cardstock to the backside to form a base into which you glue the quilt pieces.
I was going to leave the quilts as is, solely made of paper. After looking at them this way for a day, I decided to add the tiny buttons I'd had in my stash to the center of each one. Of course, it makes it more of a challenge for mailing, but I like the nice touch it adds.
Looking at the papers close-up, don't they look like actual quilting FABRIC? I am so impressed. And so in love.
By adding a Real Red mat and mounting it to a Whisper White card base, you end up with a precious 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card -- with very little effort. It's a chance to let your tools do most of the work for you!
And, at 4 1/4" square, the cards fit inside a traditional A2 envelope. Unless, of course, you want to make an envelope to fit it perfectly, then grab some paper and your Envelope Punch Board!
My girls will be making one of these cards at my September Stamp-In. You're welcome to come!