This is another busy – but fun! – week around my craft room. For the next two days, in fact, I may be around the craft room, but I won't be in it much. Tomorrow I'm meeting some friends for lunch and then we're going to join another much older friend at her place to play some bridge. The bridge game will be different for all of us because we're used to playing duplicate bridge. This will be just plain old party bridge and I'm sure there will be lots of chatting to go along with it!
Thursday is my monthly book club meeting, and that's where today's greeting card comes in. We take turns selecting books to read and discuss, and this week the book could be any of those in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. As I'm definitely not a quilter, this was a bit of stretch for me. But I did pick the first book in the series and I can certainly see why those who quilt would enjoy reading about the ladies in the series. Not that I didn't enjoy the book – but perhaps a book about scrapbookers might be more up my line?
On top of that, the Late Night Stampers has a challenge this week to make a card using "embedded embossing." Wouldn't you know it but my favorite theme for embedded embossing is quilt squares!
The quilt blocks are fun first and foremost because I don't have to sew them! Yes, I have to cut them out. But the basic shape for this and most of the other blocks that I do for my paper crafting are made up of squares. And now that Stampin' Up! has a 1" square punch, this is a piece of cake. After reading the Elm Creek Quilt book, though, I'm very much attuned to the need for points to be, well, pointed. I may be a bit lacking there even in the paper quilt block piecing.
To make this quilt block, I first cut a 4" square piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. If it were fabric, I'd have to cut out all of the individual blocks and sew them together. But this being paper, I just glued the triangles onto the Very Vanilla! To help place them reasonably accurately, I scored the square piece at 1", 2" and 3" both horizontally and vertically. Then I punched two 1" squares each of Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade card stock, and cut each square by hand on the diagonal. Then I adhered them in place on the Very Vanilla square and ran the entire square through my Sizzix Big Shot using the new Argyle Embossing Folder. That's the embedded embossing technique: taking all the layers and embossing them at once.
The final steps were matting the quilt block with first a 4-1/4" square of Calypso Coral and then a 4-1/2" square of Lucky Limeade, mounting the whole square on a 5" x 10" square piece of Very Vanilla folded to make a 5" square greeting card. Before I took that final step, though, I added the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched with one of the new Bitty Banners Framelits. I attached it to the quilt block with a Wisteria Wonder Designer Printed Brad.
Fun and finished!
Now here's where you come in. I haven't a clue what this quilt block is called. And I have learned from reading the Elm Creek Quilts story that all quilt blocks have names – some even more than one! I would love to know what this block is called, and I will send this very card out to one of you who can tell me the name of the block. I'm going to be busy for the next few days, so I'm not going to close the comments for this until some time next week. So if you know the name of the quilt block and would like to have this card, just leave me a note in the comments section of this blog post!
Now off to get some rest before the rest of my busy week!