Sunshine Quilt

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly,
“one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
~Hans Christian Andersen

Blissful Butterfly

When I was re-entering academia to get my Registered Nurse license, I was so nervous. I mean, I was 40 years old for goodness sake. My ever so smart sister-in-law sat with me at her kitchen table and gave me incredible advice that not only boosted my confidence but also helped me graduate at the top of my class.


She moved out of state and I don’t get to sit at her kitchen table any more. But! She’s coming for a visit this weekend and we get to celebrate that she just finished her re-entry into academia. She exited with a bright and shiny new master’s degree. I’m so proud and happy for her.

It’s such a happy day when someone who helped you reach your dreams soars so high.


Tips & Techniques

It’s the fifth day of Teaser Time at My Favorite Things (MFT). Today we’re unveiling a new Hawaiian themed set from Doodle Garden, and Palm Tree Die-namic and this gorgeous Sun Ray Die-namic, so be sure to check them out, along with all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team at the MFT Blog.

I wanted to make this new Sun Ray Die-namic look like a quilt top – kind of a crazy quilt. So, I brought out a paper piercer and poked holes all around the edges. Then, I hand sewed the edges with two strands of six-strand DMC embroidery floss. I used the yellow patterned paper below with a graduation up to blue paper above so it would hopefully look like a sunset.

It’s so subtle you can barely see it, but before I stamped the sentiment onto the die-cut butterfly (from Lisa Johnson Designs new Blissful Butterfly Die-namics), I stamped the butterfly with watermark ink. You can just barely make out the butterfly’s antennae.

Here are the MFT products I used today. The links for all of the new products will be live and the products will available for purchase in the MFT Boutique on June 11th at 10:00 PM EST .

Finished size 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: DMC Embroidery Floss (822); My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose Hattie Papers 6×6 pad; VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad.

Blissful Butterfly and Sun Ray

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Sweet Comments

  1. The stitching detail in this design is magnificent!

  2. Wonderful card, love the quilt look

  3. Christine Dearinger says:

    Love your card with all of the stitching Linda.Never loose sight of your dreams!

  4. This is the prettiest card on the hop!! Just beautiful with all that stitching!
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  5. This is absolutely STUNNING, Linda! WOW! WOW! WOW! I was wondering how you stitched around the Sun Ray Die-namics SO perfectly and by hand no less…AMAZING! What a wonderful story to go with a such a beautiful card too…SO inspirational!
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  6. An absolute work of art! Perfect for celebrating with this special person in your life!

  7. I am speechless Linda. WOW! Boy did you ever capture what you were going for. The hand stitching looks amazing and the papers are gorgeous. What a treasure for the graduate! Hugs!
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  8. WOW!! This is stunning!!
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  9. Linda, this is fantastic, I love all the stitching!

  10. Queen Mary says:

    Wow to the stitching! Amazing!

  11. Craftyfield says:

    A lot of effort involved but the result is stunning, love this piece !

  12. What a beautiful card! Love the different DP peeping through the die cut! Gorgeous!
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  13. Beautiful card. I love all the stitching and layout.

  14. wow, thats so beautiful
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  15. I love it, Linda!
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  16. VERY pretty!! LOVE the DP in between the sun rays!

  17. JoAnn B. says:

    This is so pretty. Love your detailed stitching and the quilt effect of your card.

  18. amazing…what gorgeous stitching too !!!

  19. Pamela A says:

    What a beautiful card, sounds like it’s going to a beautiful person as well. Great Job!!

  20. what an awesome creations… I just love how you used it… this hop is awesome… can’t wait till release day…

  21. Your card is so gorgeous!! I love all the stitching that you did around your card!1 Just like a quilt!!

  22. Jenny S says:

    This card is fabulous! Love everything about it!

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