Friday, July 11, 2014

Something fun to try

1 inch squares
I thought I would share with you something just a little bit different. I'm not sure what to call this design. Brickwall? (doesn't sound too inspiring). Steps? Carpet?
I'd love some suggestions.
Do you have a stash of 3/4 and 1 inch squares left over from other Paper Quilting projects. Here's a fun way of using them to create cards suitable for any occasion.Randomly delve into your colour boxes of squares and you are sure to create a very special card for a friend or family.

These instructions are for creating a standard size rectangle or square greeting card. For other sizes - adjust accordingly.

The Rectangle Card  4 x 6 inches or 5.5 x 10.5 cm
Use one half of a blank 3/4 inch blank template grid * Mark on an area 6 squares across and 7 down. 42 squares.

The Square Card  5.5 inches or 14cm square
Use one half of a blank 1 inch blank template grid. * Mark on area 6 square across and 5 down. 30 squares.

Both Cards    Apply glue stick to your template and attach your squares. * Use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew ONLY the vertical lines. * Use straight scissors to cut strips of squares along the horizontal lines where you didn't sew. * Use the remaining section of your blank working template to arrange the strips so that they appear to be like steps - or a brick wall. * Use glue stick to attach the strips. * Use a ruler and pencil to draw on 2 vertical lines where you will eventually cut out the design. Rectangle = 3.75 inches across. Square = 5 inches across. *  Use the zigzag stitch to sew the strips in place. You will be sewing through 3 layers of paper here. * Use scissors to cut out the rectangle or square. * Attach to a slightly larger piece of layering paper which will fit onto the card. * Use a zigzag stitch to sew around the shape. * Attach the panel to a blank greeting card used double sided tape. * Embellish as desired.

If you try this design, please send me a jpeg photo of your creation so I can share it with other Paper Quilters.