Hi friends, it's Jodie here with you today and I have a sweet set of patchwork heart cards to share. I love stitching on paper projects, so creating paper quilted hearts is right up my alley, and it's really not hard to do.
I'm using the Clique Kits May 2018 Riga kit for these cards. It's definitely one of my favourites of 2018, but then I say that for each month's kits hehe.
To give you an idea of the dimensions, these cards are 5x5 inches square, and the hearts are 4x4inches in total.
To create a heart quilt block, you need a pattern, mixed patterned papers (I chose 3 papers and the beautiful specialty rose gold foil vellum from the Riga kit), and a piece of scrap cardstock to create your heart on.
There are so many patchwork patterns available online, and all I did to find this one was Google 'heart quilt block'.
To create a similar heart to mine, start by trimming a few 1x1 inch squares from each paper, then halve them on the diagonal (just once) to create triangles. You now have all the elements to your heart! Then it's just a matter of laying them all out in the shape of a heart, mixing the patterned papers as you go. When you're happy with the overall look, go ahead and adhere each triangle down. You only need a light adhesive at this point because you're going to stitch all of the joins with your sewing machine.
Now is a good time to trim away the excess backing cardstock from around the edges of the heart, and then you can go ahead and stitch each inner line and around the outside of the heart as well, in a small zig zag stitch. In no time at all you have an amazing stitched patchwork paper heart!
On the first card I made a cluster on one side, made up of some of the leaf ephemera pieces and a sentiment from the kit, and tucked in one of the bows underneath the cluster.
For the second card I used the same method to create the patchwork heart, but chose papers with a warmer colour palette from the kit. I also centred the embellishment cluster rather than having it on the side of the heart.
These patchwork hearts could be a fabulous background element to so many projects. I've included one in a 6x4 pocket page before, you could use them in a travellers notebook spread, and you could also resize the 1x1 inch squares to make them bigger, and have a patchwork heart as a background on a 12 x 12 layout. The possibilities are endless!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I've inspired you to pull your sewing machine and patterned papers out and create some beautiful paper patchwork hearts.