Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas In July ~ Quilted Card Tutorial


Join us all for 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop hosted by Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict

You will find fabulous ideas and inspiration to get your Christmas projects underway!

What a better time than now to get your Christmas gifts and decorations started so you will have lots of time come November and December for other holiday planning, shopping and visiting with your loved ones!

I have a great scrap using project to share! Why not make your Christmas Cards for this year!

Supplies:
1. Heavy Duty Blank cards (or you can make your own with card stock).
2. A sewing machine
3. Fabric Choices
4. Heat n Bond Lite Iron on Adhesive
4. Scissors
5. Colorful threads
6. Stabilizer paper or tissue paper to place underneath your fabric while sewing
7. An iron    
8. Desired Embellishments


Pattern is from Jennifer Ofenstein / sewhooked@gmail.com at Sew Hooked and she was so 
generous in giving permission for use in my Christmas Card~ Please go visit her and see all of her 
lovely work. And find her "Sweet Sue" pattern HereNote that I have adapted it for applique
 shapes instead of her paper paper pieced instruction.

Step 1

Steps 2, 3, 4 & 5
                                                                     Step 6:
                    I placed the entire mini quilt on to the card stock directly and stitched an outline around                                                           each applique shape.


So the back of the card will have the stitch lines as well. You can leave it as is or cover with another piece of paper which permits you to write your own special note. I wish to leave it as is for an additional design element.


Trim out the edges of your card stock to have a beautifully uniform card. Other options are to use the folded card stock. This one will be used as a window in a framed card so the recipient can remove it for framing if they wish.



Tips:
Place stabilizer paper underneath the fabric before you sew to keep fabric from bunching up.
Drop the feed dogs on the machine and use a darning foot to be able to "free motion" sew.
The more colorful the thread, the more design element is added to your card.
Iron after sewing to make card look crisp and flat.

Find all the great projects at the following! Make great gifts for yourself and friends! And don't forget to comment on each blog along the way for a chance at the great prizes awarded!


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291 comments:

  1. I have never tried card making....this might just be the push I need.

    Thank you for the tutorial.

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    1. Go for it! They are relatively quick and fun to make! The Cricut or GO! cutters would be a great addition to getting lots of shapes cut quickly as well!

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  2. A personally made Christmas Card is a perfect gift and even can be used as an ornament. I have one that is hand embroidered from my grandparents (circa 1910) that I display year round. Thanks for sharing your talents and idea. D. Weeks ( aka Momma Llama)

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    1. Fantastic! I am envious of others that have received tokens of long ago from family~ What a treasure it must be! You really should show it off on your blog sometime and re-write a tutorial for Christmas! I would love to see it! I love history by the way!

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  3. What a great idea! Thank you for taking the time to create and share this creative tutorial with all of us!

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  4. Never saw a Sunbonnet Santa before. The card is a great idea to make now and be ready for December. Thanks

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    1. I'm not sure that is the official name of her, but I thought that is suited her wonderfully!

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  5. I love that Sunbonnet Sue has gotten into the Christmas Spirit! Daring idea! Thanks for sharing your creative gift.

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  6. I've never thought to make personal Christmas cards like this... great idea!!!

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    1. There are so many possibilities! Stamps, stickers, buttons.... So much fun!

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  7. I love the idea of making my own Christmas cards and it's a great way to use up those little scraps. thanks

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    1. Linda, I throw almost Nothing away and these tiny scraps were turned into something wonderful! Makes my day to salvage all those pennies I paid for the bits of leftovers.

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  8. Great card, and great instructions--thanks for sharing!

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  9. I've cross stitched Christmas cards before but never quilted them, I'm going to have a go at this. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I just know these will go much quicker than hand stitching! And treasured just as much. Have a blessed day!

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  10. I enjoy making Christmas cards for the special people in my life. This is so cute. Thanks for sharing. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  11. This is a new idea for me - would love to try making some Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. They are almost as quick as the trip to the store to purchase pre-made!

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    1. Thank you Karen! And thank you for visiting today!

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  13. What a clever idea--thank you!

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  14. This is super cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a great idea! I also like that pattern as a mini quilt. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting Jan! Wouldn't it be just adorable as a coverlet for a baby doll bed?

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  16. Great idea, not just for Christmas. Birthdays and special occasions too! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My Pleasure! I would love to see some of the other Holiday cards if you make some! Re-write a lovely blog post! There are so many great shared ideas in our Quilty Community.

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  17. I never thought about putting a quilt design on a card. I'll have to try it.

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    1. So easy! I decided to go with only a darker outline for simplicity and a more vintage look, but you can go with multiple colors to Jazz up any design!

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  18. I love your idea!! I love getting hand made gifts and this would be extra special to receive.

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    1. As do I! Hand made gifts are treasures for certain! My sons are adults and I always request they make me something as to purchasing a store bought item as my Christmas gift!

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  19. beautiful card and a great idea! I will be trying it.

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  20. What a cute idea!
    Thank you for the great pattern!
    (Years ago I found a new-with-tags Anthropologie dish towel at a Salvation Army thrift store with raw edge appliqué... for a dollar!... SO cute, I saved it for inspiration, wanting to try this "someday"! Well, I think your pattern is just the *real inspiration* I needed to make "someday" happen!!)
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    Pat T.

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    1. Wow!!! You found a great Bargain! Hoping to see your creative version of it! Re-write us a post and show it off! Thank you for visiting today!

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  21. Great card, thanks for sharing it and your construction technique.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment and visiting today~

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  22. What a great idea! I wouldn't make them for everybody, but I would make one for my little granddaughter. Or maybe I could help her make one for mom and dad. Would make a great memory. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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    1. Absolutely! What a fun project to do with a grand daughter!

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    1. Making cards is a great way to get a quick creative fix!

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  24. I just love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Charlene! and thank you for visiting today!

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  25. so many ideas , not enough time. hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  26. I see making this for a few special friends. I was thinking up other ideas too. Thank you for the super fun project.

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  27. What an adorable card! Thanks for contributing.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment and visiting with me today!

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  28. Thank you for sharing!
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  29. What a delightful idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Hope you get a chance to make a couple of your own. Thanks for visiting me today!

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  30. This is a fun idea. I may make a few for some special friends this year.

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    1. I usually reserve my hand made items for special people in my life too :) Have a blessed day and thank you for visiting me today!

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  31. Great idea for a quilty Christmas card! Thank you!

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  32. I made some fabric cards for a demo for my little quilt guild, earlier this year. This is great! I didn't stitch to the paper. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

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    1. I like the way it make it much sturdier, and it is so much fun. I guess I need to keep a needle set aside just for the paper projects though. Thanks for visiting me today!

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  33. Such a cute card. Thanks for sharing

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  34. Hope to make some quilty cards to change the usual Christmas cards! Great idea!

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    1. I hope every recipient treasures them as much as I enjoy hand made cards!

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  35. What a great design! I only made a fabric card once, when I forgot to buy a birthday card for my mother. She loved it!

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    1. Awesome! I am sure your mother kept it and treasured it!

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  36. This is a cute idea. I love the Santa Bonnet Sue.

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  37. So cute! but what fun they would be to recieve!

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    1. My sentiment Exactly! I am always requesting my adult sons create something instead of purchasing at a store for gifts. I treasure them!

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  38. I've seen this idea before but I haven't yet tried it. Maybe I'll find the time to do so this year.

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    1. You would be saving yourself a shopping trip and so much sewing fun! You should!

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  39. Really cute. What fun to send and see the reactions to them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think all of us quilters would just adore receiving them! Thanks for visiting me today!

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  40. I love it! This looks like a fun way to practice free motion quilting too! :)

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    1. I agree! The design possibilities are endless! and even using your own drawings or a child's drawings would be fun to work with! Thanks for visiting me today!

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  41. Darling design and a great idea for using up those scraps of fabric that we just can't bring ourselves to throw away.

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    1. Honestly, I find myself not even throwing out trimmed edges. I save them to stuff into a rag pillow for cats and dogs. I am way frugal and make every last penny of that yardage go an extra mile :) Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting with me today!

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  42. Sweet idea...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, there are endless design possibilities with cards!

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  44. I love this idea! Seeing the stitching on the back side seems like an added part of the fun. Sue Bonnet Santa is adorable!

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    1. i agree, I like seeing the silhouette of the applique at the back. I get two pictures for the work of one! Thank you for visiting me today!

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  45. i love making my own cards and this is a great idea for this year.

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    1. I would love to see yours! Re -write up another tutorial and share with us all! Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  46. Very cute. I think this would be fun to do with a child's simple drawing. Thanks for sharing.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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    1. I agree Karen, there are so many design possibilities! Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  47. That would be such fun to receive in the mail. Very cute.

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    1. I agree! Hand made is Best! Thanks for visiting me today!

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  48. I have plans to make some cards but haven't done them before. Thanks for the directions!

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    1. Thanks Abigail, hoping you will share if you make some! I love photos! Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  49. Great idea! So cute! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  50. Love Sue in all the holidays!

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    1. They are so much fun, no matter what she is getting into! Thanks for visiting today!

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  51. What a great project! I love the card.

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  52. These are so easy to do. I wonder why I don't make them. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. You can make your very own signature card! They are pretty simple! Have a kind day and thanks for visiting

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  53. Such a cute idea and easy to do! Love the little Santa. So sweet. jennifer.fulton@inquiringquilter.com

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    1. Thanks for Visiting me today Jennifer! Have a happy week!

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  54. Such card sweetness. What I really love is your yellow house with white trim in your blog header.
    tvonzalez at gmail dot com

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    1. awwwe. Thank you for your kind words, thank you for visiting me today! (The house.... I passed that house for 40 years going to my grandmothers house from NC to WV... always loved it! One day we went house hunting and Walaa! My childhood dream home became a dream come true!)

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  55. Such card cuteness and a sweet thinking of you to whomever receives it.

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    1. My mother in law is almost always the recipient of my hand made tokens. LOL. She seems to appreciate them the most.

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  56. Love to see that fun Christmas card in my mailbox - great idea!

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  57. I've received these cards before. Such a simple task

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    1. I've loved receiving hand made cards and love making them even more!

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  58. Great card design! Santa Bonnet Sue, ha!!!

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    1. Thank you, you can find the original design from https://sewhooked.com/crafts/

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  59. Very cute idea, I'd like to adapt this to do with my grandkids.

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    1. I can see it being very kid friendly with some glue sticks. And grandma do the stitchery for them! Fun treasures they would become!

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  60. Such a cute idea, I'm gonna share this with my quilting guild. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial.

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    1. Would be a great project swap! Have a great day and thank you for visiting!

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  61. So cute. Nice to have Santa help with the decorations!

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    1. Thank you, have a blessed day and thanks for visiting me!

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  63. what a wonderful idea. this is so sweet
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  64. This is a great idea, and I always wondered how to do a fabric card, thanks so much for showing us.And a wonderful head start for Christmas.

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    1. I think using basic knowledge of sewing made it so much more easy to create. I am quite sure there are so many more people out there that can make and create something with more depth and pizzaz than what I've created but , it is a fun experiment for sure!

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    1. Thanks Susan, It is nice to adapt an idea and create something fun from them. The original paper pieced pattern was not something I wanted to spend lots of time on and I enjoy applique so much! Thank you for visiting today~

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  66. So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  67. I just love handmade cards. Great way to use up small bits of fabric too!

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    1. I think I love making them as much as receiving them~ Thank you for visiting!

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  68. So Cute!
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  69. Cute idea. Never saw a Sunbonnet Santa before!

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    1. Just a name I gave her. Jennifer O calls her Sweet Sue~ :) She is adorable

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  70. I have been wanting to make some of these. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. They are quite simple and fun to make. Thank you for visiting today~

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  71. Thanks so much foe the card instructions. Its very cute.
    Swoot@att.net

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  72. Very cute cards--and something different to make!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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    1. Thank you, hope you get a chance to try your hand at it! Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting with me today!

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  74. Thanks for the idea for combining paper and fabric for a wonderful project.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment Laura And thank you for visiting with me today!

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  75. Cute idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  76. I like the idea of using applique. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Applique is one of my favorites as it is so simple to achieve the design you want! Hope you give it a try. Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  77. SO NEAT! LOVE YOUR CHRISTMAS APPLIQUE PROJECT!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Linda~ I hope you find inspiration in it and make some as well! Thank you for visiting me today!

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  78. So cute. Card making is a new craft for me. Thank you for the tutorial.

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    1. I think all of us sewing peoples love to take on new challenges! Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  79. great pattern to use. I have sewn on card - nothing so nice though.

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    1. You can use any image you desire, the simplicity of iron on applique makes it so easy to use any design you wish! Thank you for visiting me today!

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  80. Never quilted a card but will now, thank you.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  81. I don't do cards, but this would make a cute mini to gift. Thank you for sharing today.

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  82. This is something I've never tried. Good idea and uses scraps. Thank you for the directions.

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  83. Yes, great pattern for a Mini quilt. Very cute. It will be fun to pick out all the scraps.

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  84. I just love your card idea! What a great way to use up all those scraps I have. Thank you so much.

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  85. I love to make cards for Christmas and I love this card. I will have to reduce it some but I love the idea. I'll have to look for other patterns also. Thanks for the great idea.

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  86. Love the cards.....now I need more hours in the day to finish all these wonderful ideas!

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  87. Great Christmas card idea. I try to find something different each year.

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  88. These Santas are adorable. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  89. How cute and what a great way to use up scrap fabric! I can see sewing the pattern onto a piece of cardstock and framing it for a cute gift too! Thanks for sharing!

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  90. I am a huge upcycle fan and this project is perfect for that! Thank you for the inspiration and blog hop!

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  91. what a work of art! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  92. An attractive card, and another use for SBS! Thanks for sharing this post. dezertsuz at gmail

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  93. Wow - that's a lot of work. Cute.

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  94. I love your card idea. Thank you for the inspiration to make some cards.

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  95. I don't send many cards for the holidays. This would be very doable for me.

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  96. SUE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. lOVE THE IDEA.

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  97. Supe cute card! Thanks for the instructions.

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  98. Fun! I want to make some of these.

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  99. So cute! I think I may try this - great way to use up some card stock I have and also use some small scraps I can't bear to throw away. Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Cute mini! Thanks for sharing.

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  101. What a good idea. Thanks for sharing it today!

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  102. That's a cute idea - making cards!

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  103. What a cute idea to make Christmas cards. Just adorable.

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  104. I have not tried making fabric cards in some time, but this is adorable and I think I will give it another go. thank you for sharing.

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  105. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJuly 18, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    I am really enjoying seeing all of the creative ideas that people have. Your card is really cute.

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  106. This is such a sweet project. I really like using free motion stitching to give an organic line around shapes. Great ideas!

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  107. CUTE card!! Thanks for sharing it on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.

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  108. Easy, cute, festive and fun. It gave me a chuckle. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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