Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Patchwork without the sewing

A few weeks ago shared a post showing my messy play with shaving foam and the fab papers I make using this fun technique. I have used some of them for cards but kept a few for "special" occasions. Recently on the Lili of the Valley Ideas blog I saw a great card made by one of the design team showing patchwork made using a Sizzix hexagon die. I have some great blogging friends, Teje and Helen Phillips who are expert patchwork makers. Helen recently won the runners up prize in my giveaway and I thought it would be perfect to make a card to send with her bag charm using this technique.

I decided to use the very spring like papers on the left. I also used some polka dot paper and some pretty green floral paper from my stash to make my patchwork pieces. I suppose you could call this my paper "fat quarter!"

This is how each piece turns out after cutting.

Here is the die in my die cutter showing how the papers are perfectly cut.

So I got busy cutting out the hexagons...then it was the tricky bit of putting the pattern together. Mine is a really simple one and I am sure it has some kind of a name but it just looked "right" to me. I covered a piece of white card allowing some pieces to overhang.

I then cut the sides straight and ta dah.......here is  a piece of hand make patchwork without any sewing at all!
I decided that I wanted to keep the rest of the card very simple to show the patchwork paper to Helen, my Patchwork Queen friend.

I just computer generated a sentiment and put a pretty Spellbinders die cut floral oval frame around it.
Here is my finished card;
2 ribbons and a couple of hand punched MS butterflies finished the card off nicely. I had a lovely note from Helen that she loved the card and she also displayed it on her blog showing it sitting happily on her kitchen shelf.

I shall be using this patchwork in the future, there are all sorts of ideas in my head and I may even be brave enough at some point to "draw" stitches in. I did not  want to chance doing this with my first effort, often that's when everything goes very wrong. Sometimes less is more.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Crafty Ribbons Anything goes
Make it Monday Linky Party #138
Bearly Mine anything goes #84
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes #118
Stamp and Create use at least 1 die cut
Natalie and Amy Things with wings 
Simon Says Stamp anything goes

Here we are at the last day of April and the sun is still shining. It is incredible that tomorrow is May 1st. My Hb and I are heading towards all sorts of excitement in May including 2 bank holidays, an evening wedding reception we have been invited to and catching up with friends and family. I am also looking forward to long evenings in the garden after dinner....I think Billy will look forward to that too.

May your May bloom with happiness too ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Love this beautiful bright card Jane.
    Caz x

  2. Omg that is sooooo pretty..
    Very clever x

  3. Love to see the process and the finished card. A great way to transfer some quilting into the paper lover's world!!

    Happy almost May, Jane.

    Anne and family
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  4. What a brilliant idea Jane it looks great, I'm sure Helen was thrilled!
    One day I'm going to make a quilt, I do admire all those quilts in blogland!I do love your little paper version though. :)
    Beautiful here today, I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that tomorrow is May!!!
    Happy Tuesday my friend,
    V xxx

  5. Hello Jane! Wow, I love the way you made a paper patchwork using that handmade marbled paper.. bravo.. that's a 1st place winner indeed!! I am enjoying the bag charm I bought from your Etsy shop! I can't wait to show my sisters. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Hello dear Jane,

    That is one incredibly beautiful card! That patchwork is a GREAT background for do many designs, no wonder you're full of ideas to use it!

    I wish you a wonderful May, and many sunny days in your garden&studio with Billy!


  7. Wow Jane love the amazing backgrounds you have made, its a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

  8. Oooh, I do love this patchwork technique, Jane! It's definitely one I'll be casing! Your messy shaving foam papers were great, but they're even better used like this! Think I might need to buy a set of hexagon dies in the near future!:P
    Can't quite believe that it's May 1st tomorrow, though there has been a definite warmth in the air today - I sat out this afternoon with a cuppa, first time this year! I love the longer days and the mellow mood of Summer, tea in the garden and picnics by the river...bliss! Let's hope that this fine weather continues! Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Gorgeous card Jane, love the colours and your design is beautiful..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine challenge this week and hope to see you again..Good luck...Hugs Lozzy x

  10. Happy 1st of May Jane! Your card is fantastic! I saw it at Helen's but didn't realize that you made patchwork - great idea! We have this weekend Easter and 1st of May has been changed to next Tuesday?! So it's going to e very long weekend - I hope to sew a lot!
    x Teje

  11. Gorgeous card Jane :-) I love how you made the patchwork background and the colours and whole design is stunning ! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  12. I loved seeing how you made my gorgeous patchwork card, Jane! The design is so inventive and you are so kind to send the card to me, I will treasure it!
    Have a happy sunny May!
    Helen x

  13. Love your bright and cheerful card and the patchwork is just great.

    Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week.

    Sharon (DT) x

  14. Love the creativity behind this card, it is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday!

  15. Good evening Jane,
    How clever you are lovely friend...I love the patchwork card you made for Helen...I saw it sitting on her shelf and the patchwork design looks so pretty and gorgeous colour choices too..I definitely think you should make more as they are so unique (and everyone loves patchwork!)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend and lets hope for lots of sunshine so that Billy can enjoy your beautiful garden!
    Susan x

  16. What a cool cat that Billy is, just hangin' in the shade like that! Jane, who would have ever figured that your quilt pieces were cut from your shaving cream art? Now that's a smart design! There's no stopping the creativity here- have fun this weekend! :o)

  17. It's so cute! I saw you on Make It Monday.

  18. Such gorgeous work, Jane! I love this! : )


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