Let It Snow Christmas Card

Have you sent your Christmas cards out yet? If not, how about making a fun and easy card using scraps in your stash? I designed this card for a make-and-take project and I think you may also enjoy it!

You’ll probably have most of the supplies in your stash… I’m giving you info on the products I used, but make substitutions as needed to make it work for you!

Gather the following supplies:

Download and print the card templates here (make sure your printer is set to print to “no scale”) I’m also including the SVG file for the little tree here

5″ x 6″ Red print – Houndstooth Red

3 1/2″ x 4″ Green print – Windows Lime

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ White print – Sweet Wishes White

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Double sided fusible foam stabilizer – Bosal In-R-Form Plus

3 1/2″ x 4″ Lightweight paper-lined fusible web – Pellon Wonder Under #805

5″ x 6″ Lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing – Fusi-Form Lightweight

8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Card stock – 110 lb

Red & white bakers twine or embroidery floss

1/2″ Star button

A non-stick pressing sheet – Applique Pressing Sheet

Repositionable fabric adhesive spray – 505 Spray & Fix

Large-eye needle

Sewing machine

Let’s make a card:

Cut the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock sheet in half to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

I used my quilting ruler and a rotary cutter with an old blade… save your good blades for fabric.

Fold the card in half…

Place the 5″ x 6″ red print right side down on a non-stick pressing sheet. Align the 5″ x 6″ lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing, sticky side down, on the wrong side of the red print.

Fold the pressing sheet over the fabric/interfacing to protect both your iron and ironing surface.

Following your interfacing’s manufacturer recommendations, fuse the fabric/interfacing together, then allow to cool.

Cut the fused fabric/interfacing to measure 4″ x 5 1/4″; set aside.

Place the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ white print right side down on the non-stick sheet. Now place the 4 /2″ x 5 1/2″ double sided fusible foam stabilizer on top of the wrong side of the white fabric and fuse together.

Print the template PDF and cut out the optional template for the white fabric.

Transfer the template shape onto the foam side of the white fabric/foam sandwich.

Cut on the traced line… use a square ruler to cut the straight lines…

… and finish the curved corners with your scissors…

For the original card, I cut my white fabric/foam with the Stampin Up! Top Note die and my Sizzix Big Shot cutter from my card making stash… yes, I am also a scrapbooking collector… one of these days I’ll get back to scrapbooking…

Don’t have any double sided fusible foam stabilizer? No worries, just use a fusible batting or use a lightweight fusible to adhere regular batting to the white fabric.

Alright, let’s make the little tree! Using your template sheet, trace the tree shape onto the paper side of the paper-lined fusible web.

Place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ green print, wrong side up, on the non-stick sheet; place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ traced fusible, sticky side down on top of the wrong side of the green print and fuse together.

Cut the little tree out on the traced line.

Assembling the card:

Place the red fabric, right side up on top of the non-stick sheet. Center the white/foam shape over the red fabric…

…grab the two pieces together and carefully flip them over to press and fuse from the back…

Next, peel the paper liner from the back of the little tree, place it on the white fabric, right side up, and fuse in place.

Thread your sewing machine with white thread. For better visibility, I’ve installed my favorite open toe foot #20D on my BERNINA B880.  Using a straight stitch, sew about an 1/8″ in from the edge of the white fabric.

Applique the little tree down with the same white thread and straight stitch.

Voila! Applique and quilting in one step!

Thread a large-eye needle with the bakers twine and sew the star button down from the top of the card…

…bringing the twine back up…

…and tie a tiny bow to hold the button in place.

Protect your table with a sheet of paper. Place the stitched piece, right side down on the paper and spray the back with a repositionable spray adhesive.

Open the folded card stock and firmly press the stitched piece onto the right side of the card stock.

Take the card back to the sewing machine and stitch with an 1/8″ seam allowance from the edge of the red print.

And there you have it, a sweet little card to share with a loved one!

But I couldn’t stop there, haha! My friend at Just Another Button Company sent me these adorable little light bulb buttons that are perfect for this little tree, don’t you agree?

I hope you’ll give this a try, it’s really fun and quick… and how about getting a group of friends together for an evening of card making, sharing, laughter…? Would love to have you join my Facebook group, Quilting with Cherry, to share pictures of your little cards!

Happy stitching,

 

Fall Market 2016

It’s hard to believe Fall Market 2016 has come and gone!

Many years ago, we lived in a charming small town with a street that was always beautifully decorated for the holidays.

I have many warm memories from our time there and it is what inspired me to design my new Contempo fabric line for Benartex,

filled with little houses…

cars, bikes…

sweet little snowmen, and lots of snowflakes!

The collection includes a panel with a happy skating snowman.

I will be releasing several new Mulberry Lane patterns and a coordinating embroidery collection with OESD early next year.

One of the fun things to happen at this Market, was that our Benartex Contempo booth won 2nd place!

booth-ribbon

 Thanks so much for visiting!

Spring Market 2016

Well, I’m a bit late telling you about Spring Market, but better late than never, right!

My new fabric collection for Benartex’s Contempo is called Kitchen Love and is all about the heart of the home, the kitchen, inspired by vintage appliances and delicious confections. You’ll find little aprons, delicious words, tea cups and tea pots, mixers, bowls, sweet cupcakes, cherries… in vibrant teals, aquas, greens, a touch of orange and pink, and a black that make for an awesome background print in one of the quilts. There’s even a fun and quick apron panel great for Christmas gifts this year! I created several applique patterns for this collection: Kitchen Love, the quilt in the center of the image above, is a “sweet” quilt with delicious treats, a vintage mixer, scale and clock, cherries and cupcakes, and is embellished with a small amount of hand embroidery and tiny buttons made to coordinate with the fabric. The quilt to the left is one of the quilts in the “Live Simply” pattern pack and includes the “Eat” wall hanging below and four placemats; the wall sign “Home”, the tea pots and tea cups runner, and the little aprons quilt below are part of the “Tea Time” pattern pack. All patterns are now available in my shop.

These are a few samples for my Kitchen Love Embroidery collection, digitized by OESD; projects will be available at your local BERNINA dealer this summer (I’ll have more info soon).

This is the free pattern I created for Kitchen Love, available this summer.

Kitchen Love will ship to your local quilt shop this August/September.

Stay tuned for a Kitchen Love Giveaway next week!

I’m back…

Hello there, I’ve been gone for a long time
and have been missing ya’ll so much!
2014 was an incredible, but crazy, busy year for me…
So many awesome things happened
and I want to share some of the fun things
I worked on over the next few days…
It all started with Celebrate the Seasons with C&T
 The book includes patterns for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter,
all with full size layouts & reversed templates!
I had a great time working on each of these projects,
and if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be
Thankful… or maybe Merry & Bright?…
Humm, I don’t know…
the little chicks in Happy Easter turned out so sweet, plus …
well, then there’s the map, love maps and travel! … lol…
Okay, how can a mom have a favorite child, right?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs,

 

 

 

It’s my day in the…

See you in September Blog Hop
A huge thanks to Shari of Living With Purpose
and to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt for hosting another incredible hop.
 
This summer has just flown by,
and I’ve had so much fun working
on a few projects to show ya’ll.
Of course, when I signed up for this hop
I came up with so many projects,
it would’ve taken until See you in September 2015…
perhaps 2016 to have them finished, lol! 
so here’s what I was able to make for 2014:
 
First, I want to show you my gingham project…
I thought about many thinks to make
with the layer cakes and jelly roll I purchased,
but then, I spotted my American Doll bed just sitting there,
patiently waiting for a cute quilt,
so I decided it was the perfect opportunity
to get going on a mini for it, and boy was it fun!

I drew the little dresses,

cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo,
and then embroidered them on my new Bernina…
which I love, love, love…
The little dresses are so tiny,
I was able to hoop 8 of them in one large hoop!
Then it was a matter of adding a little sashing,
a few borders, some quilting and binding,
and I had a cute little mini!
The little bed comes with a mattress and pillow,
so I made a quick little pillow sham to match the quilt,
now I just need a to get one of those cute dolls, don’t you think?
Project number two was for my hubby’s office,
sorry about the poor photo quality…
all the taupe triangles have koi quilted on them…
Hubby loved how it turned out!
 
The third project was part of a challenge with my Monday guild.
We were to create a cow inspired by the book “Out of the Box”
by Mary Lou Weidman & Melanie Bautista McFarland.
I was a personal trainer for many years,
so decided to make a “fitness” cow…
goodness, I had so many things I wanted to add,
but ran out of time… I still had so much fun with this one,
especially coming up with her list of exercises…
Would love to make a few more quilts
with Mary Lou’s techniques.
 
My Lagniappe project
was this super fast Twister quilt
I used Quilter’s Dream Request cotton batting,
a very thin bat perfect for a summer quilt.
 
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So… I loved playing with my gingham
and want to share the fabric I didn’t use…
I’d like to give away these two RB Layer Cakes to one of ya’ll…
to enter, leave me a comment and tell me:
what makes a quilt “modern” to you?
A winner will be chosen on Sunday, September 14.
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Visit today’s hop participants
for lot’s of wonderful inspiration.
 
Monday, September 8

 

Thanks for visiting on my day!