Log Cabin

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, the theme is Patchwork.  This theme can be interpreted in many ways.  A patch of color, a mish-mash of products, or how about an "I'm Sorry" card to patch up a friendship? I took a more literal approach and am using my patterned papers to create a paper quilt. Quilts hold a special place in my heart.  They have patterns and designs that have been around for hundreds of years.  The "Log Cabin" was a quite trendy pattern during the Civil War era. During those times, sewing was often the only creative outlet that a woman was allowed to pursue. So as a tribute to my creative ancestors, I created a paper quilt using the centuries old, Log Quilt pattern.
Quilts are actually quite easy.  To begin this quilt I covered my papers in two colors of distress ink. The ink gave the papers a more cohesive look.  I had a lighter pile and a darker pile of inked papers. I cut those papers into 1" strips. Then I cut 4 pieces of cardboard 5" square. The squares were the bases for the four quilt blocks. I found the center of the cardboard by drawing pencil lines.  A 1" dark paper square was glued to the center.  A light square was glued to the top.  Then going clockwise, I added additional strips around the block while maintaining a square shape.
When the four blocks are combined, they create a geometric pattern. I embellished the quilt with additional stamping and tidbits of patterned paper and book text.  A layer of matte medium covered the top.  Voila!  A quilt!
And I never had to thread a needle! :)
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Happy Stamping!
  
 

30 comments:

  1. Amazingly cool and collectedly artistic. Love this hearfelt tribute to early americana.
    So touching!

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  2. WOW!!! Your *quilt* is absolutely gorgeous, Michelle!!! I love how you used the distress ink and the colors and sewing look awesome!!!!!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous and love the inspiration behind it!

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  4. loving your inky patchwork...nice job!

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  5. WOW!! This is gorgeous!! LOVING the quilt look and the stitching!!!!

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  6. Michelle...your log cabin quilt block out of paper is very cool. I love the colors and the "stitching" you've added. Very nicely done! <3 Candy

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  7. FABULOUS!!!!! I might try my hand at this too - LOVE it!

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  8. Gorgeous! Love the tribute as well as the beauty of your card!
    c

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  9. I LOVE what you've done here, and the helpful tip for drawing the lines (of course! So brilliant!) is a great one. This is beautiful - I can't stop looking at the texture and detail of this patchwork card.

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  10. Wow.... Michelle, your patchwork is so beautiful! I love the beautiful color scheme and the great patterns. Amazing! :)

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  11. So pretty Michelle! I love your beautiful patchwork card! All the faux stitching looks amazing! Surely someone would feel immediately better receiving this beauty!

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  12. Amazing Michelle, I love the design and faux stitching. Love the mix of designs too. This piece is so eye catching. Tracy x

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  13. Fabulous patchwork design! Love the stitches stamp! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  14. What a beautiful paper patchwork - fabulous design, and such wonderful patterns... gorgeous!
    Alison x

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  15. Way to much work for me but I sure love looking at your stunning end result! WTG~

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  16. So, stinkin' cool, Michelle! Such an amazing end result, and all your bits of doodling and faux stitching really enhance the overall design! LOVE this!

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  17. wow-love the colors of ink you chose-they blend in so beautifully-great use of the stamp set too!

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  18. LOVE your quilt, Michelle and the pieces with text you added! GORGEOUS creation! BTW ~ Go Green!

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  19. Your quilt is amazing, and I was very interested to learn those little facts about quilting.

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  20. Wonderful work! love the color combination! thanks for the tutorial! great!!! barbarayaya

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  21. This is so pretty Michelle! Love the colours and different patterns of your paper quilt, and the great inspiration behind it.

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  22. Really cool cabin quilt, Michelle! I love the way you did the stitching :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  23. stunning! thank you for sharing your technique!!!

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  24. Gorgeous pattern and love the historical reference! I had never heard that before or thought about it. Love this!

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  25. Seriously ... I think this one of my favorite project of yours. Michelle ... I love it!!! I really love the history of this pattern and the colors are wonderful. Great inspiration. Even I can make a stitch like that :) Thanks for showing us the geometry of the squares. So cool. -- Mary Elizbeth

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  26. This is so cool! Gorgeous color combo and perfect execution. This would look wonderful framed!

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  27. No way, are you serious?! This is so darn cool and impressive, my friend. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

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  28. I'm a little delayed in my comments this time, but I wanted to give you a full KUDOS on this gorgeous piece! Your color scheme is one of my favorites and you made a traditional quilt pattern very modern and cool. Nice job, as always!

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