Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Patchwork Heart Card

Have fun selecting and assembling six 
of your favorite Christmas red paper prints 
as the patchwork of this angular heart. 
Assembly patches on a heart base, 
then position on the doily accent, 
then onto the 5x5 card base. 
Add the loopy thread shape threaded through 
the large needle shape over the heart, 
and the "christmas" word cut. 
Pair with the companion "envelope lacy 5x5 flap". 

ASSEMBLY:  1. Cut the shapes including
the heart patch base (cut the same as 
the lacy card front) upon which the
heart patches will be assembled prior to
being attached as a unit to the card front.
2. Position patch 1 (shown in place here)
and attach, taking care to line up outer edges
that correspond to the heart base shape as
accurately as possible at each step.
3. Position patch 2 above and along the left
edge of the heart base, aligning carefully
as described above, this time making sure
that the adjacent patch edges abut as snugly
as possible.
4. Position and attach patch 3, then . . .
. . . patch 4 . . .
. . . and patch 5 . . .
. . . and patch 6.
If using a liquid adhesive, it may be good at this
point in the assembly to press the heart unit
under a flat weight until it is dry, to prevent'
5. Position the heart unit onto the lacy card front,
centered, and with bottom tip approximately
at the top level of the bottom row of punch holes.
(Recommended: press again with weights until dry.)
6. Position the "christmas" word cut, centered
side to side, and also top to bottom between
the top row of punch holes and the top edge
of the heart.
7. Thread the "thread" shape end through
the needle eye, then position and attach
the thread and needle as a unit over the heart 
in your preferred position.
8. Position and attach the card front assembly
onto the front panel of the card.
(Weighting again is advised.)
Here is the completed card.

Cookies Specially For Santa Plate Vinyl

Create a tradition by customizing a ceramic plate 
that will greet Santa on Christmas Eve. 
Center "registration" cross hairs mark of vinyl 
at plate center (use tape and pencil marks 
to locate plate center) to help with centering the arch. 
Prepared for a standard 11" round dinner plate. 
Or reduce slightly for a smaller plate. 

(Consult the vinyl application tutorial of your choice,
then compare it with the following suggested steps.)

1. Set up the cutting job and cut the vinyl of your
choice. Trim excess a narrow distance above
the cut lettering, approx. 3/4" or so.
2. Carefully remove the excess vinyl and weed
out the letter interiors.
NOTE: to conserve vinyl from the available piece,
the model cut the star shapes away from the
completed arch, and then re-attached these to
lower side edges, as can be seen in next photo.
Here is the prepared and weeded vinyl,
with stars in place.
NOTE the center "+" cross hairs alignment mark.
This is a critical part of the positioning that
will be described in this tutorial.
3. Position and attach the transfer sheet over the
vinyl cut letters.
(NOTE that separate transfer sections will be
applied to include the star extensions.)
4. "Burnish" or rub the areas where the vinyl letters
will need to stick to the transfer sheet.
This will help them separate easily from the
vinyl backing or carrier sheet (blue).
5. Place a few strips of masking tape
(near the top - the far right tape was moved
before the final application here) that will act
as "hinges" to help with the positioning, then
keep the design in place while the backing
is removed.
6. Use a "T" pin as the pivot/guide pointer,
inserted and pushed at least half way through
exactly at the center of the + cross hairs mark.
7. Place a piece of masking tape at the center
of the plate - eye this to best of ability.
8. Use a ruler edge positioned as close as possible
across the center of the plate, and make a line
on the tape at the mark.
9. Repeat step 8 at the perpendicular position,
and make a second mark.
The resulting marks should cross to create
an X as the "center" of the plate.
(An alternative to the measuring and marking
of steps 8-9 is to trace and cut the plate's
silhouette from newsprint or other waste paper,
then fold in half and half again to create
a quarter circle shape. Use this wedge aligned
at plate's edge to locate the center point and mark.)
10. Position the tip of the T pin exactly the the
center of the X cross marks . . . 
. . . hold securely in place as the transfer/vinyl
assembly is slid down the pin until it touches
the plate rim, then apply pressure to attach
the "hinges" tape to the plate.
Remove the T pin.
11. Taking care not to move the hinge tape,
gently lift the transfer sheet to peel the backing
paper away. Make sure that the vinyl completely
transfers onto the transfer sheet.
12. Re-position the transfer sheet/vinyl, then
burnish the areas of the lettering to help it
attach securely to the plate.
13. Carefully peel back the transfer sheet and
the hinge tape, leaving the vinyl lettering in place.
This is a slow and delicate process, so relax
and take the time it may require.
Apply finger pressure to make sure all vinyl pieces
adhere securely in place, except . . .
. . . the center cross hairs vinyl can be lifted away.
Here is the completed plate, ready to fill
with all those delicious Christmas goodies.

Tall Triangles Tree Stocking

Create a paper Christmas stocking - 
and back it with felt - for seasonal display. 
Tall Yule tree is composed of tall isosceles triangles 
which are put together on a silhouette base 
(with guide marks). Add trunk shape, 
or cut the base as the trunk color. 
Add cuff and toe with strips, "real" or paper buttons,
hanging loop from paper or ribbon,
then layer with felt shape (cut with template)
and lace through edge punches.
Use as a card with cash, written note,
or gift card inside.
Measures approx. 11" x 6.75".

ASSEMBLY: 1. Cut the shapes:
Shown here (l to r): main stocking front base,
tree assembly base/trunk, star layers (5),
tree triangles.
NOT SHOWN: Cuff, toe and accent strips;
stocking outer front with lacing hole punches;
hanging loop; felt stocking back (cut using template)
2. Arrange the triangles in the four rows as shown
at right.
3. Re-assemble the rows onto the tree base,
which in this sample is also the TRUNK "show-thru".
Position the triangles, one by one, beginning at one
end of the bottom tree straight edge (above trunk;
if using the separate trunk shape, place it first).
Take care to match the base and triangle edges
when they should align, and use guide cut marks
on the base to assist with placement as necessary.
After the first row, continue to add the next row,
and the next until all shapes are positioned.
If there is any overhang or inconsistency
at the tree base edges, trim even with
scissors or rotary cutter and ruler.
4. Identify the trunk corner positioning
guide marks on the stocking main front. Then . . .
. . . position and attach the patchwork tree unit,
taking care to "center" the tree tip, and make
sure it is vertical in comparison to stocking sides.
5. Layer and attach the build up shapes to
create the star "button", taking care that
punch holes and all edges line up as
precisely as possible.
(Or purchase star buttons for cuff, toe and tree.)
6. Attach cuff and toe strips at top and bottom
of the main stocking shape. 
7. Add accent strips to cuff 
and toe appropriate edges.
8. Thread and tie decorative twine,
cord or floss through button holes.
9. Position the stocking front assembly onto
the stocking outer front, aligning top straight
edges and centering side to side, and attach.
10. Use cutting template shape to hand-cut the
felt stocking base.
11. Curl "hanging loop" strip to place one punch end on 
front of card, opposite end onto back and glue in place. 
Add decorative button at loop front bottom end.
12. Layer the stocking paper assembly over
the felt back shape and align upper edges,
center from side to side. 
Secure with paper clips or folio clips.
13. Thread a crewel or darning needle 
with a 40" length of decorative twine, cord, 
or 6-ply floss. Anchor on backside, then thread up 
through an end hole. Complete a "lacing" stitch 
where the thread(s) wrap around the edges of 
all layers with needle coming back-to-front 
with each stitch. Complete a final stitch through 
the same hole, then tie off with a knot neatly 
on the backside. 
14. Position and attach tree button at top.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas 3D Quilt Stand With Quilt Minis

Christmas standhas dimensional ends 
with offset accent overlays (with folk heart flourish), 
arched legs connected with hexagon tubes 
(reinforce with 5/16" dowel lengths), 
this quilt display stand makes a unique 
and beautiful seasonal accent. 
Pair with Christmas Cactus . . .
. . .or Christmas Trees 
quilt minis companion designs (constructed of paper) 
which can be draped over the top pole. 
Or, stitch a fabric mini quilt 
of your own choosing to display. 
Stand measures approx. 7.5" tall x 7.75" wide x 2.75" deep 
(fits other "Quilt Minis" available as cut file downloads). 
The quilt minis are constructed separately
from the 3D stand.
The assembly guide instructions
for these two follow the stand instructions.

1. This "new" version of the 3D display stand is
constructed in the same fashion as the "original"
"Quilt 3D Display Stand which can be found
at this post on this blog.
2. SHAPES: cut the same shapes as identified
in the other blog post (A-G, J & K),
noting that A & B will NOT have the heart cutout
in this "Christmas" version, and that K outer accent
will look like the left shapes below, with the
folk art decor motif cut shapes as shown.
Also, the shapes shown below at right are 
inner accent shapes, a shape not used in the original.
3. Follow the original stand assembly steps,
beginning at Step 7 (this omits the heart cutout prep).
Before Step 8, position and attach the 
inner overlay shapes shown above, left,
over the inside panels.
Continue working through Step 12 as described. 
Skip Steps 13, then continue with Step 14
(obviously omitting references to gluing to
heart cutout flanges, etc.), and continue
through Step 23.
4. Before Step 24, prepare the "new"
outer panel overlays by positioning
and attaching the accent shapes as shown in
the following photo.
TIP: One way to assist with the positioning
is to create a positioning guide by keeping
the flourishes, heart and small punch circle
grouped together as they are when the file 
opens up, then arrange
that group as an isolated cutting design on the
cutting mat, and cutting the group out of 
a scrap of card stock as a stencil.
Position the tracing stencil, centered on top
of the accent panel with the designs approx. 7/16"
down from the top straight panel edge,
then make some light guidemarks
with fine, sharp pencil.
(NOTE that this image is simulating
the tracing, even though the accent shapes
are already in position.)
5. Complete Step 25, placing the outer end
accents into position to finish the
display stand.

1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main quilt panels (front, back)
B top quilt panel (bendy)
C side "binding" narrow border strips (4)
D end "mitered" narrow border strips (2)
E short side narrow borders strips (4)
F top panel end border strips (2)
G "block" base   H "berries" show thru panel
I top block panel   J cactus shape
2. Prepare the main and top quilt panels
by bending back on the perforations:
one near top of main panel; two at top panel edges.
3. Position and attach the narrow side borders
to the side edges of the main quilt panels
(below perforation lines).
4. Position and attach the bottom "miter" border
strip to the end edge, and short side borders
to the upper edges (above perforation lines)
5. Position and attach the top panel short strips
to the side edges between perforation lines.
6. Overlap one main panel top edge over the
punch hole edge of the top panel, taking care
to align side edges and punch holes,
and glue in place.
7. Prepare to complete the lacing of the main
and top panels by cutting a 20" length of perle cotton,
soft twine, or 6-ply floss and thread onto the
smallest tapestry-style needle that will fit the
"thread" you are using. Tape one end to backside
of main panel near one end of the row of punch holes.
8. Insert needle into the end hole, from back to front . . .
. . . push to the front, and pull all the way through.
Complete the first stitch by inserting the needle
down into the second hole and pull
all the way through.
Continue to complete the stitches in the same
manner all the way across the row . . .
. . . to the final stitch, inserting the needle through
to the backside.
9. "Park" the needle away to one side, then
overlap and attach the second main panel
as shown in Step 6.
10. Prepare to complete the second row of
stitches by passing the needle across the back
of the top panel to insert in the first hole,
then continue the stitching process across
the complete length of the second row,
with the final stitch bringing the needle and
"thread" to the backside of the assembly.
11. Cut a tail of approx. 1" . . .
. . . and anchor the end with a small piece of tape
like the anchor to attach at the beginning.
Also attach the crossing stitch between the
two rows, to keep it in place while on the stand.
12. Assemble the cactus by layering and attaching
the top block layer over the berry "show-thru" layer,
then position and attach the cactus shape
centered on the diagonal.
Position and attach the cactus assembly centered
on the main block panel.
13. Position and attach the block on the front
of the main quilt panel.
14. Place the quilt mini over the stand top pole
so that the top panel is "balancing" there,
with the front and back panels hanging downward.
Here is the completed cactus quilt mini on the stand.

1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A inner frame border  B main assembly panel
C tree base "blocks" (4)  D tree shape (4)
E inner triangle shape (4)
F trunk rectangles (4)
G optional 5x5 card base (to convert
the cactus or triangle tree block into a card front)
2. Position and attach the narrow frame on
the assembly base, taking care to align all
outer edges as precisely as possible.
3. Position each tree at the center of its block
with base edge aligned at bottom edge,
and attach in place.
4. Position and attach the trunk rectangle over
the corresponding portion of the tree shape.
5. Position the inner triangle shape over the center
of the tree shape so that the bottom point is
centered and touches the trunk shape.
Complete four tree blocks.
6. Place the first block snugly into the corner
inside the narrow frame, and attach in place.
Position and attach the remaining three blocks
into the other positions within frame, taking care
to snug them into each corner and next to
adjacent blocks.
6. Position and attach the triangle trees block
onto the front main panel, in the same manner
as the cactus block was attached in Step 13
of that quilt mini assembly.
Or, prepare the card base then position
and attach the triangle trees "block" or the
cactus "block" onto the front of the card.