How To Make a Paper Quilt!

Hi Everyone, Jean here.

I have always loved quilts, quilt patterns, and quilt fabrics, although I’ve never actually done any quilting!  I was immediately drawn to the fabric-inspired Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers, introduced at CHA in July. I paired the papers, as well as a few from Simple Stories Homespun Holiday and My Mind’s Eye Gnome Sweet Home, with the adorable cottage stamp from the Neat & Tangled Sweet Home stamp set to create an autumn-themed home decor project.

Sweet Home Paper Quilt

I wanted to waste as little paper as possible for the project, so before I cut anything, I evaluated the paper patterns. The larger patterns were used for the background and the smaller ones for the cottage. I laid the cottage stamp over the papers to evaluate whether a paper would work or not.

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Next, I die cut the nine background papers with the 3 ½” Lifestyle Crafts square die. Using the die made quick work for this step. I laid the cut squares out on my background 12” by 12” kraft cardstock, but didn’t do any adhering. I also didn't spend too much time deciding which square would go where at this point.

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I heat-embossed nine cottages on the smaller-patterned papers and fussy cut them. I laid them out on the larger-patterned squares that I’d paired with them earlier when choosing the papers. 

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I felt that the houses needed a little something extra, so I heat-embossed a selection of solid cardstock in matching shades. I fussy cut the doors, windows, and roofs and added the separate pieces to the patterned houses. I spent a bit of time moving the squares around - switching out doors, windows, and roofs - so that I wouldn't be repeating two brown roofs or two red doors (you get the idea) in a row either horizontally or vertically.

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I glued the pieces in the reverse order – I adhered the doors and windows first, then the houses to the squares, and finally the squares to the background.  I framed the piece in a 12” x 12” frame.

I’m already thinking about a winter-themed project with the cottage stamp – that roofline would look terrific with some Icicle Stickles!

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10 comments

  1. MY OH MY! this is cozy GOODNESS at it's best Jean!...I'm tempted to make some mugrugs from your idea!

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  2. Wow!! What a brilliant idea! Love this project!

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  3. Great job on the "quilt" As a quilted--infrequent though it may be, your quilt probably had a smaller frustration factor, and smaller cost factor--BUT yours rates very high on the CUTENESS factor!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. So charming, Jean! What a great idea to create a quilt!

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  5. This is gorgeous! Such fabulous colours and great little details with the doors, windows and roofs!

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  6. Wow wow wow...so much fussy cutting, but then end result was sooooooooooo worth it (says the girl who did NOT cut these cute little houses and pieces!) I love your paper quilt and all of your pieces are perfectly arranged. TFS!

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  7. Thud! This is amazing. i can't believe how much work went into this, but it's such a big difference when adding the details to the cottage. It truly looks like a quilt and it's worthy of framing and showcasing for a lifetime! Nicely done!

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