Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stitched With Love!

Today is challenge day for the i {heart} papers design team.  This month we're playing a color block challenge.  I thought that since it is national scrapbooking month, a color block challenge would lend itself to a scrapbook page should any of our designers or customers choose to make one!  We'll see!

For my project, I altered a paper mache` container to create a little sewing box.  The color block technique is perfect for use with quilt block patterns.  I used two small-patterned prints from Basic Grey's Sweet Threads designer paper pack to piece together Grace's spools.  It was a tedious process because each of the squares is only 3/8 of an inch.  It takes 9 squares (some cut in diagonals) to construct one spool which measures approximately 1 1/8 inches.  I made two rows of 3 spools each (~3 3/8 inches square), with a sentiment from Our Craft Lounge in place of the center row.  I used Copic markers to color the tiny heart of the sentiment, then inked the edges and the entire color blocked panel with distress ink.

The box sides are covered with more Sweet Threads designer paper.  The finished box is approximately 4 1/5 inches square, perfect for keeping spare bobbins, needles/thread, buttons, etc.

In spite of how much time and effort it took to make this project, I really love the way it turned out!  It is pretty AND functional.  I adore all the fabulous sewing images that are turning up in the stamping world lately!

Our Craft Lounge stamps
Basic Grey Sweet Threads designer paper
Copic blending paper
Copic markers
Memento ink
Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink
gold ribbon
Bow Easy
glue dots
adhesive dots
i {stick} papers tape
sparkler rose flower
Upcycle buttons
scraps of green silk ribbon, "tape measure" ribbon

Here are the rest of the i {heart} papers designers' links!  Can't wait to see what they've come up with!  Please leave 'em some love!  They work hard to bring you such great inspiration, and I love every one of 'em!


  1. Deb, this is Beautiful!! I am so amazed at what you did!! The paper quilting looks awesome! Well done!!
    I tried quilting once, and it took me 3 long years to finish..my first & last quilting project ;)

  2. Fantastic Deb...what an elegant box and quit theme is fabulous. Love your tape measure twill...what a perfect embellishment. Awesome job.

  3. GREAT PROJECT DEB! I love it ~ absolutely GORGEOUS!

  4. Whoa Deb! I can't believe you pieced those quilt blocks! Amazing! Well done, my friend! I hope you're enjoying your trip!

  5. Holy macaroni girl! That's a lot of paper piecing but it sure looks great! Love the little box!

  6. Great project! I think it turned out wonderful too!

  7. Sooo sweet! Gorgeous colors.

  8. This is so cute! I just love it. What a great little box.

  9. Deb, this is gorgeous! It's so obvious that everything you do is made with love. Beautiful -- just beautiful!

  10. Your box is DIVINE, lady! I'm always in awe of fabulous quilting!!!!!