Wednesday, 13 January 2016

WWC50 - Thanks

It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and this time it's Jean Fitch who is presenting our challenge.  Her choice was a technique challenge featuring quilt style paper piecing.

I have to admit that I had some qualms going into this challenge.  I've never created a quilt and found the prospect almost overwhelming.  I kept starting and not liking my attempts.  Seriously, I have about ten or so butterflies cut out in various colours, several shapes also cut out in various Designer Papers and all were put aside as I rejected each idea.  This doesn't happen to me often, thank goodness.

Finally I decided that I would do a quilt style which I had seen and admired in a real quilt.  A friend had done a wonderful quilt all in applique.  And so that's the route I took.  I got my shapes by first using the Lovely Lace embossing folder on Watermelon Wonder cardstock, on Whisper White cardstock and finally on Crisp Cucumber cardstock.  I chose the embossed shapes I wanted for my "quilt" and fussy-cut them out.  It felt good to be actually working towards an idea.

I used a base of the thick Whisper White cardstock and then added a layer of Bermuda Bay.  Then I took a piece of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack and used the Honeycomb embossing folder on it before attaching it to the card.  Before attaching the applique pieces, I got a bit whimsical and made the floral portion of the applique into a shaker.  Yes, I know, Jean.  Quilts seldom have shakers but I got carried away.

Do you see the varying colours in the "thanks"?  I had fun with that.  I took a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and a scrap of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and taped them together using the Cucumber Crush Washi Tape from the Cherry on Top Washi Tape collection.  Then I very carefully placed the "thanks" thinlit on the taped pieces so that it showed three colours:  Whisper White covered with the Washi Tape, Watermelon Wonder covered with the Washi Tape and, finally, the Watermelon Wonder on its own.  I love the result!

You can see just how I cut it out in this picture.  

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  And then create your own quilt paper piecing and link it up for this week's challenge.


  1. Brilliant Miss Heidi! You may have struggled but you got there in the end. Funny lady about the shaker element. Of course Shakers did make quilts! LOL
    Thanks for sharing the details. Many elements had me did she do that?

    1. Thanks so much, Jean. Of course you'd have the last word about "Shakers". LOL


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