Maple Leaf Quilt and Card – Made with Crafted Appliqué

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This is a small quilt: 7″ x 7″. And a coordinated card. For the appliqués, i.e. the maple leaves, I have used Lara’s Crafted Appliqué method (#craftedapplique).

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I have used 100% quilting cotton for these two projects. With Crafted Appliqué, fabrics do not fray. Which is why I was able to stitch along the edges of the leaves with a straight stitch (only once and with golden metallic thread). Being a small quilt, I made a small quilting effort.

Maple Leaf mini mini quilt and card - francenadeau.com

For the card, I decided to add veins inside the leaf. I could not resist using more of that golden metallic thread. The red stripes are selvages from the red fabric of the quilt.

Maple Leaf mini mini quilt and card - francenadeau.com

I find they make a gorgeous pair, if I may say so.

Maple Leaf mini mini quilt and card - francenadeau.com

For the binding, I used the back fabric and sew it on the front by hands. I made my special corners. You can find my tutorial on how I use the back fabric of a quilt to make the binding and those corners here (in French and in English).

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Amazing Tree – Birthday card made with Crafted Appliqué

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if trees where that colorful all year round?

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This birthday card was made with Lara’s (who blog at BuzzinBumble) new and amazing method called Crafted Appliqué. There is a magnificent tree pattern in her book, made from fabric and sewn unto fabric. Which is what the book is about: a new method to make fabric appliqués. But I quickly realised that this method would also work wonderfully for sewing fabric unto paper. So I decided to experiment.

I traced the tree pattern on tracing paper, exactly as it was in the book, without increasing the size. It was just perfect for a pre-cut and store-bought cardboard card. I cut all the necessary pieces and place them on the cardboard. Then I sew everything into place with my sewing machine.

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This is how the card looked like inside. Do not worry, I covered all the threads with a beautiful sheet of paper.

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This project took so little time that I made two.

Amazing Tree - Birthday card - francenadeau.com

Thank you for visiting. If you are curious about this new method called Crafted Appliqué, just follow the link.

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Flowers and Lace – A birthday card for my mother

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To accompany the gift I have prepared for my mother’s birthday, I made this card.

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The flowers and leaves were embroidered by hand (the technique is called form-a-line) on the green cardboard, which was afterward glued to a white cardboard card.

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I could not resist adding a piece of vintage lace (I had it in my box of bits and pieces for about 30 years!) to create a shabby look. I passed through the holes of the lace a length of embroidery floss. Then, I added beads in groups of three. Three is definitely the theme number of this card…

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I also attached to the gift one of the Sparkling Gift Tags I have made a few weeks ago. The flower on this tag is similar to the flowers on the card and I realised that I had use the very same beads on both. What a happy coincidence! To make them more alike, I applied black ink on the edges.

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Using old pants (and its pocket) to line a clutch - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Using Old Pants (and its Pocket) to Line a Clutch

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Scarves and Clutches, for my Mother and for Myself

A Rose for My Mother

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A rose for a birthday. A cross stitch made years ago. An old t-shirt in the perfect color for the background. A deep red ink pad. Some embroidery floss.

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I removed a few strands on the edges of the Aida cloth and simply glued the rectangle unto the fabric, which has previously been glued to the cardboard.

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I added a few splashes of red and white with embroidery floss. It is amazing what can be done with a few things when the colors coordinate so well.

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