Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quilt Block Inspiration

As I was preparing for my card class at Altered Art Addicts, this Saturday, October 1, I learned several new things. I had been asked by one of the ladies if we could learn to make the "pinwheel" card. Sure! Not a problem! I had made the card once before and enjoyed doing it. As I began planning for the class, I looked on Pinterest for inspiration. I found many cards. Then I began wondering about the name "pinwheel". I knew that it was not the same as the pinwheel quilt block I had made several times. I found the real name for this quilt block is "Wings of Eagles". It is sometimes called the "Twisted Star" block.

For these two cards, I found doubled sided designer paper in my scrap box that worked perfectly. It is a fun design to work with.

After working on the first two cards, I wondered if I could make a card using one of my favorite quilt blocks -- the nine-patch block. I had also come across  some interesting facts regarding the block. It is probably from the early 19th century. Being an easy block to learn how to sew, it was probably one of the first blocks taught to young girls. 

I made my squares by using a 1 1/4 inch paper punch. I used a square piece of card stock cut at 3 3/4-inches for the base to glue the squares onto. After doing the piecing I ran it through the Big Kick in an embossing folder. It created the perfect design on the quilt block.

Class Challenge

This last card is for the challenge I had sent out for our class on Saturday. The challenge is to play "Tic-Tac- Toe".  I chose to do the diagonal "Yellow, Pink and Purple". I ended up using Flowers, Bling, and Die Cuts from the list as well.

I found the background paper (pink and yellow) in my scrap box. The flowers are made from shades of purple. The leaves were from a die and for the bling I used "Perfect Pearls". The base for the card is "Perfect Plum" card stock (a retired color from Stampin' Up).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Summer of -----

Summer is almost over. The blog posts got put aside. Not sure why. I guess things just happen sometimes. I also think I just needed a break from my paper crafting. It seems at this time of year my interest turns to another craft that I also love and that is "quilting". It started by making my granddaughter's graduation quilt. Then it turned to placemats, table runners, and quilt tops that will be finished and then donated to the Allegiance Hospice House here in Jackson. In this post I am including a few pictures of a few of the projects.

Here are pictures of two quilt tops I made for the Hospice House. I saw a picture on Pinterest. It really intrigued me. As I studied the picture, I said to myself "I can do this". I made a table runner and fell in love with the pattern. I have searched and searched for the name of the block but have not found it yet. In the third picture down, I outlined the block.

Fabric Boxes

This past week, I made several fabric boxes. Again, I found a pattern on Pinterest. These are so much fun. It is an ideal pattern for all those fun fabrics that seem to never get used.

Added a couple of mug rugs with this box.