Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Sparkle Heart is a very popular pattern using ¾ " squares.  But let’s think outside the just square technique to create this pattern using a different technique called random scrap. It’s easy and fun and is a great way to use up squares left over from other Paper Quilting projects.
And – it makes a lovely Valentine’s Day card.

You will need your Sparkle Heart pattern piece and a Sparkle Heart working template (created from your Master template). The squares can be 1" or ¾ - or just free hand cut squares or even scraps. Apply glue stick to the surface of the working template and randomly attach your squares and scraps until the outline of the heart is no longer visible. Trace around the heart pattern piece using the guidelines for placement. Now randomly sew (using any colour thread you wish), using a straight stitch all over the squares. Try not to go outside the traced line so that the stitch lines will not be cut into when you cut out the heart shape. Cut out the heart on the traced line and attach the heart it to the layering paper. Zigzag stitch around the heart shape. Embellish if you wish.
For this design I have used 1 inch squares in a random variety of different papers including Anna Griffin, Basic Grey, Rossi, Kartos, swiss dot card stock, Graphic 45 and Japanese. The layering paper is Canson Mi-teintes  in brown. The thread is gold Mettler  2108.

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