Tuesday, June 14, 2011

QUILT - HOW TO

I promised a tutorial on how I do my Quilt cards and here it is!

The instructions are for this particular card, but of course, you are only limited by your imagaination!  This is my take on a traditional Quilt block called "Log Cabin".

1.  Cut a mat of cardstock measuring 8cm x 8xm for your base.  You will be sticking DSP (Designer paper) to this, so old cardstock is good!  We are going to hide it :-)
2.  Choose three or four contrasting DSP's and cut strips 1cm wide, and at least 6-7cm long.  For the centre peice you wil need a 2cm x 2cm square piece of DSP.
3.  Using a pencil, draw across the diagonal of your cardstock, to find the centre.
4.  Experience has taught me that Anywhere Glue stick works the best for this technique.  It gives you slipability (new word?) and allows you to correct mistakes if you need to!  I used tape in this picture, but that doesnt allow you to move the strips if you stick them down crooked.  I make the mistakes so you don't have to!

5.  Cover the entire card backing with the Anywhere Glue Stick (just $9.25 for a pack of two - bargain!)
6.  Stick your 2xcm x 2cm peice of DSP down over the centre, matching the corners of the DSP to your drawn diagonal lines.  This will ensure your first piece is straight!
7.  Adhere four strips of DSP down each side of your centre piece.

8.  Continue to add your DSP in the same direction on all four sides, alternating the colour in each round until your have covered the entire card base.
9.  Turn over and using the edge of the card base as a guide for your scissors, carefully cut away the excess DSP.

Your finished quilt block should look like this.

I have used mats of 8.5cm x 8.5 cm and 9cm x 9cm for this card.  The card base is half A4 cut down the length, then scored in half at A5 size.

Other samples of my Quilt cards can be found HERE and HERE.

There are so many Quilt Block designs available on the net to gather lots of ideas.  The sky is the limit with this type of card!  This is a great way to use up all those pesky little scraps you have lying around.

I hope your enjoy and use this tutorial often!!

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Paula, and thanks so much for the tutorial!!

    :-)
    Sam.

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  2. That's so cool! Thanks for the tutorial. I'll give it a try later today. It all seems to be working now too :)

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  3. This is great, thanks for the tutorial Paula. I can see lots of quilt cards popping up all over the place now!

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  4. Great tutorial Paula! Thanks for taking the time to do it. Lovely quilt cards too! Hugs!

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  5. Thanks for this Paula - can't wait to trial it.

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  6. Great tutorial, Paula; thanks for sharing this! Yep, I can see a flood of Paula-inspired quilt cards hitting the web any day now!

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  7. Thanks heaps Paula. Will have a go during the week and post it so you can see.

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial, Paula. I can't wait to try this one!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this Paula, l'm off to have a go...:0)

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  10. That's so sweet. Great way to use up all our patterned paper scraps too. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. Well now ... don't I just love this one! Fabulous idea, Paula! Hugs xxaxx

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  12. Love the chocolate tonings of your quilt Paula. Great, clear tute! TFS :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing! Will have to go and see what DSP scraps I have!!!

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  14. I will try this as my next project when friends get together to make cards once a month. We each make 2 sample cards and then packets to hand out for each lady so we go home with a set of cards. They will really like your design!

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