Are you a quilter who enjoys paper crafts? Or a paper crafter who quilts? We’ve been watching a number of designers who have both paper and fabric and thought it would be fun to see what we could come up with. For example,
- BasicGrey designs fabric for Moda
- SEI designs fabric for Robert Kaufman
- Cosmo Cricket designs fabric for Andover
We shared our plans with Paper Crafts magazine, one of our sister publications, and invited them to see what they could come up with to coordinate with our quilt. Jennifer Schaerer, Editor-in-Chief of Paper Crafts says, “It’s a natural combination – whether you stitch on paper or make embellishments out of fabric, you’ll find that these two friends of a different fiber go together like Fred and Ginger, salt and pepper, or bees and honey.”
Kim Kesti, a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal, designed this delightful mobile, made with Girl Friday paper by Cosmo Cricket.
If you’re a quiltmaker who’s never dabbled in paper crafts before, this sure looks worth giving it a try! Kim did a great job and, besides the paper butterflies, her mobile’s got lots of fun buttons and it all hangs from an embroidery hoop–so it’s not too far removed from a quilter’s stash.
If you’re a paper crafter who’s been thinking about making a quilt, Butterfliers is easy for beginners to make–all straight line seams. The triangles of fabric are folded, so they are very simple to fit into the seams.
Buy the Butterfliers crib kit to make the quilt.
Buy the Butterfly Mobile paper kit to start the mobile.
Tell me what you think of this idea–coordinating paper projects with a quilted project. Leave your comment by Monday, June 14 for a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts. [6/17 update: Esther, comment #3, won the copy of Small Quilts. Congrats!]