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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Star Card Assembly

An eight-point star 
(overlay with separate "patches" 
positioned behind to show-thru) 
with stacked heart at center is the focal point 
of this 5x7 side-fold card. 
Smaller frame has offset inner panel 
that is needle-hole punched to add 
perle cotton or floss stitches all around 
to reinforce the quilting theme. 
"JOY" letters and "Christmas" word cut 
present the sentiment. 

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base   B card front panel
C stitched panel base (with needle perforations)
D stitched panel top layer
E JOY & Christmas word cuts
F star overlay   G parallelogram star points
H heart (3 shapes to layer as a "button")
NOT SHOWN: ribbon streamer shapes
2. Prepare the complete the stitching accent
on the stitched panel by cutting a 20" length
of perle cotton, soft twine, or 6-ply floss, and
threading onto the smallest gauge tapestry-style
needle that "thread" fits through.
Attach the "thread" end with a small piece of
tape on the underside, near one corner.
3. Insert the needle at the corner hole
back to front
(NOTE that the holes are small, and the needle
will open each hole a bit as it passes through)
pull through carefully, and pull the thread
all the way through.
4. Insert the needle in the second hole
front to back, pull through completely
to finish the first stitch.
5. Continue to insert the needle and pull thread
through to complete the first edge row of stitching,
ending with the needle inserted downward in the
second-to-final hole.
Turn the corner and insert needle into the
corner hole to continue across the second
edge row, and so forth.
This shows the stitching complete all the
way around. The final stitch will carry the
thread to the backside of the panel.
6. Cut a 3/4" to 1" tail . . .
. . . and tape the end to the backside of the
7. Prepare to position the "JOY" letters
onto the stitched panel top layer by
identifying the top guide mark cut.
Position and attach the 'J' with the top edge
matched at the guide mark.
8. Position and attach the 'Y' letter with its base
at the bottom guide mark cut, then center
and attach the 'O' in between.
Position and attach the "Christmas" word cut
as shown, next to and overlapping the 'JOY'
9. Position and attach the top panel over the
stitch panel.
10. Position each of the parallelogram "diamonds"
behind the "windows" of the star overlay . . .
. . . taking care to center the edges behind the
side "spokes" so that the adjacent diamonds
will have some area to attach.
Here is the backside of the star with all
the point shapes in place.
11. Layer the heart shapes to make it thick like
a button, then position and attach at the
center of the star.
13. Identify the guide marks cut into the card
front panel: two for a couple of the star points . . .
. . . and corner guide marks for the 
stitched panel.
14. Position and attach the front panel
to the front of the card base.
15. "Audition" as a "dry fit" to see where
the stitched panel . . . 
. . . and star elements will be in order to 
arrange the ribbon or paper streamers
will be positioned . . .
. . . then position ribbon streamers or
paper streamers . . .
. . . then remove elements, attach ribbon,
then replace and attach panel and star
to complete the card.