A Quilt of Scraps

Here's a card that's really fun and easy to make, and, for me, a little sentimental. If you had a Grandma who made you scrap quilts, you'll know exactly what I mean.

66-61851x1-Med My Grandma Black (Flora Mae, my Dad' Mom) made clothes for my adorable sister and me up until about the time we reached middle school. Dad put a little spit and polish on her old machine, and I'm so proud that I still have it and it still works. I can still remember watching Grandma's feet furiously pushing those pedals. 

A survivor of the Great Depression, Grandma definitely didn't waste materials. She turned scraps into matching outfits for our dolls and I had the best dressed Barbie doll in the neighborhood! Any remaining fabric went into her quilts. 

I LOVE the quilt Grandma made me with from all my favorite little dresses. Of course, the quilt is so old now that most of the fabrics are "retro," which makes it even more fun. So, it's just not possible for me to see a quilt and not think of Grandma, and this card is a tribute to all the wonderful things she made for us with just scraps.


Keeping with the spirit of Grandma Black's frugal use of material that might otherwise be discarded, I used retired paper. This is such a easy card to make and the perfect way to use up your scraps of paper to dear to throw away.

  • Use a 1-3/4" inch square punch to make 12 squares from our two-sided matching designer paper (this one is the retired Fall Flowers).
  • Glue the squares onto 5" x 3-3/4" piece of paper. I found our Anywhere Glue Sticks worked best because the glue has some give to it to allow you to move the paper a little after it's placed down. Bump the squares right up to each other.
  • Cut your assembled squares out with the Top Note die cut. be sure to put the "quilted" side face down.
  • I used the paper piercer template from the mat pack to make faux stitching in the squares, using every-other hole in the piercing template so it wasn't overcome with holes.  

You can also use the 1" square punch to make your quilt squares. Your base will need to be 5" x 4", and you will have four rows of five squares instead of three rows of four squares.

Because this is a tribute to Grandma's sewing, I wanted to incorporate a button or two. So my focal point uses the Buttons #5 and the Birds and Blooms Sizzlets.

And, finally, I glued my quilt piece to a piece of Really Rust card stock and cut out a border free-hand. I distressed the Really Rust with the Cutter Kit to look like frayed fabric. I finished it all off with Kraft Taffeta ribbon and linen thread. Wow, no stamping.


You can purchase any of the tools I used to make this card on-line 24/7 by clicking here.

6a00e54f95df928834011168fb05fa970cDie cuts: Birds and Blooms (113486), Buttons #5 (113440), Top Note (113463).

Misc: Mat Pack, which includes the paper piercing template (105826 ), Cutter Kit (106958), Anywhere Glue Stick (104045)

Fibers: Linen Thread (104199), Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (109068)








*Just a funny post-note. One year Grandma wanted to make us kids pajamas for Christmas, and Mom bought way too much fabric. So . . . everyone in the family, Mom, Dad, sister, brother, and me, and, yes, Barbie doll, all had matching flannel pajamas, with matching stocking caps and booties. It made for some great Christmas pictures and Grandma didn't have to waste any of that fabric. And, no, you are not going to see that picture – it was pretty silly!



Sweet Comments

  1. this looks so striking with the colors used and love the flower/button

  2. Great card! I love it with the fall flowers paper. I sure do wish it hadn’t retired! Jeannie

  3. This is a great card. I love the DSP.

  4. WOW… what a lovely card.

  5. Very pretty tribute – nice card! Love it! Renee

  6. RoseOhio says:

    Love your quilt card! What beautiful and inspiring work you do! Awesome!

  7. Karen Rossiter says:

    My favorite stamp set in the Occasions Mini is Very Versatile.

  8. Gail Burton says:

    Love your cards from the occasions mini catalog – my favorite set is scene in a garden – could do so much with it.

  9. I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing.

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