Before I get into today's card design I want to share a link to one of my sources. Patty asked what I use for the interfacing in my cards. Any stiff (heavy duty) interfacing will work. Timtex and Peltex are popular options. I use a product called Stiffy from Long Creek Mills. It's a little thinner than Timtex but is almost identical to Peltex. It is not prefused but I quickly prefuse yards at a time with my bolt of Mistyfuse.
Whenever I get the opportunity to make a quilt for Paula Nadelstern’s new fabric lines I like to save the leftovers and challenge myself to make one of my Christmas card designs. The letters in these cards are made with the leftovers from this year’s Time In Place quilt.
The background is the black (ink) from her Sunstone collection. It’s not available in stores yet but Cotton Club has it for pre-order. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the best black fabric that I’ve seen in a very long time.
I started with a couple of Paula’s fabrics that I had cut pieces out of. The centers of the motifs were still in tack. I fused the backs and then cut out as many centers as were available. 26.
I had a lot of triangle shapes left from Time In Place. I fused the backs of them to prepare them. Next I made letter templates in cardboard, traced the letters on the and cut them out. Fusing all the parts together was easy,
They needed bling! I used Superior Metallic thread to zig zag around each shape and in the needle of the serger. That little bit of metallic around the edge makes a big difference. It’s finished off with a crystal in the center of the ornament.
These were really fun to make and were surprising quick to put together. With the Merry Christmas cards my total was now to 52.