Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Goodness Gracious, the Papers!

I love all things paper - notecards and postcards and stamps and gift wrapping and all the rest. I was so excited to stumble upon Linda & Harriet's blog which includes updates about their own line of stationary and paper products, but also paper-related crafts and news (you know...if you consider the National Stationary Show news. Which I do.) Linda & Harriet also recently featured a paper quilt that she made with scraps from letterpressed L&H paper. Since, like me, it's a mix of country and funky, I knew I had to try making one of my own.

Since I don't have my own letterpress (sadly), I went to the craft store to pick up some scrapbooking paper to make my quilt with. I picked up four different papers and since I knew I wouldn't be able to cut a hundred or so neat squares by hand, I grabbed a paper-cutter as well. Kind of surprised I didn't own one already anyway. Also at the craft store, I picked up a square frame, but the largest they had was 12" x 12". Guess this'll be a mini quilt... Once home, I got to work cutting 1" squares from each of the scrapbook papers. Since this paper quilt will be 9" x 9", I cut 81 squares out, plus a 9" x 9" piece of scrap paper to glue the squares on.

 After searching for some quilt patterns, I decided to start simple and use the basic quilt pattern that L&H did. I added my squares one by one, using dabs of regular craft glue to stick them on:

 Once they were all on, I waited for it to dry and centered the quilt in my 12" x 12" frame:

In the end, I think a few of the scrapbook papers were too close in color - from more than a few feet, the colors seem to run together. Besides that, I LOVE IT and can't wait to make a few more. Wouldn't this be a great project to do with old greeting cards, a toddler's fingerpaintings, or holiday wrapping paper? I'm already dreaming up quilts as a baby shower gift or as Christmas decoration...until then, stay homey!


  1. It look amazing Caitlin! I'm going to have to try this!

  2. This looks so cool!!! What an awesome idea! I love quilts but am not good enough to attempt sewing one- but a paper one is genius!!!

  3. Love this! Also love the Biggie quote. :)

  4. Haha, thanks Ellie! I was wondering who'd catch that. You can take the girl out of Brooklyn...

  5. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  6. Hi Caitlin, I think you did a great job. As you know practice makes perfect and you will get better as you keep going, but for a first attempt, I think this is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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