So, for July, I made her an adorable, if I do say so myself, hanging card decoration thingy. She had recently stumbled upon a quilt block pattern that she loved, so I immediately knew I wanted to make her something with that. I played around with a few things and settled on a hanging card decoration thingy. :-)
Originally, I was going to frame the card, but it's not quite frame-worthy. Then I was going to make the pattern into a greeting-type card, but that seemed too simple. The end result:
I enjoyed the project so much that I made myself one:
Quilting is hard. I never thought it was easy, but I never realized how much math was involved. BLECH! I learned a lot with this project, though, and am excited to try a few more patterns. I even have some cool ideas for how to incorporate them into greeting-type cards.
The first thing I learned was how to cheat. I wasted a lot of double-sided tape, but it saved me a lot of time and headaches in the long run. Second, I learned that I had to be OK with wastefulness, not just with the tape, but with paper. Until I get this mastered, I'm going to waste a lot of paper. Maximizing paper, something I'm usually good at, wasn't an option in this craft. The third thing I learned was that I couldn't be so anal. The green arrows in my card above? I HATE that the little white lines aren't going the same direction. It pains me. But, I'm not doing it over, so I either have to leave it and live with it or chuck it. Finally, I learned that quilting is fun. I love matching patterns (of paper) and figuring out the puzzle of the pattern (following the quilting pattern doesn't simply translate to paper).
For now, this is the perfect time-waster. I get to try a new craft (quilting) without all the materials and the sewing (sewing scares me). I get to use up some of my scrapbook paper. And I get to have fun. I'll definitely have another paper quilting project to show you next month!