Quilting with Paper

I have had many inquiries from readers about the card above, which I shared on a previous post.  It was a sample from the display board on the Stampin' Up! Alaska cruise–not my creation (as I indicated).  Good news . . . Ellen Smallwood is the designer and she sent me loads of information to help you, too, start "quilting" with paper.  Thanks, Ellen!

You are in for a treat!  It's very apparent that Ellen knows a lot about both paper and quilting.  Note that she didn't embellish the cards . . . which really keeps the quilting aspect front and center for learning.  The next step would be to add pretty buttons, ribbon or the perfect sentiment! 

Download Ellen's Dresden Quilting Pattern 

SDC17285-1 Note the little template she uses for each piece.  It's 1 3/4" from the bottom to the point.

Amazing "fabric" result when embossed with the Stampin' Up! Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976). 

She refers to this one as the Mock Wedding Ring.  Stampin' Up! Lattice Bigz Die (115958).


Here are the "leftovers" from cutting the pieces for the Mock Wedding Ring card above.  The embossing folder is "Brocade" from Cuttlebug. 


Assembly for the Rail Fence pattern.


Gorgeous and ready for a simple sentiment or ribbon.


The Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" Square Punch (119865) would make this quilting pattern a snap.

One of my blog readers, Julie Talford, created her own version of Ellen's card without the template.  She improvised with the Stampin' Up! Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808).  Love it!


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  1. Every “quilt” is amazing. As a quilter I can sure appreciate them. Thank you for sharing and giving your tips.

  2. “WOW” these cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day Mary,

  3. These quilt cards deceive my eyes ~~ They look like fine quilts on display! Very beautiful.

  4. Good morning, Mary: Oh my goodness!! this cards are beautiful!! Lucky me I have this impression folders and also the Latice Bigz die. I’m going to give this a try. Thank you Mary and Ellen for sharing.

  5. Barb in Ontario

    Another talented lady! Great cards!

  6. Thanks for sharing all of these quilt card samples – how beautiful! Can’t wait to try some of these out :)

  7. these cards are so gorgeous and they really do look like the real thing! A quilt!!! amazing! Hopefully I’ll get some time to “play” over the next couple weeks….thanks so much for sharing…

  8. Thanks for sharing! These cards are amazing and look like a quilt! Love them!

  9. I love these cards. My sister-in-law is a quilter and a set of them would make a lovely gift. Thanks!

  10. Simply gorgeous! I have always wanted to learn to quilt, but it seemed so daunting. Maybe now I can quilt with paper! Thanks, Ellen and Mary, for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Love all the cards you posted and it is an honor to be on your website. The lattice die certainly would make a lovely wedding card. Thanks for all your effort and ideas. It is truly appreciated.

  12. They are gorgeous! Thanks for the info!

  13. I have seen a lot of techniques and cards, but i believe these top them all. They are breathtaking! I can’t imagine how much time goes into creating these. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Beautiful cards. Love all of them. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  15. Wow…these are beautiful with a capital B. I always wanted to try quilting blocks on cards but never got around to it so now I can have something to go by. Thanks a bunch. Hugs, Becky

  16. Beautiful cards! I have several friends who love to quilt, so these cards give me so many new ideas!! Thanks so much for posting them!

  17. These cards are great!!! My Mom would have loved these cards as she was a wonderful quilter. I wish I had learned from her how to sew. I will have to try to “quilt” some cards in her memory since papercrafts are my craft.

  18. Wow! This was just “THE BEST” post! Can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great quilt cards- I love the patterned papers too. How long does it take making one of these cards?
    Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

  20. Thanks for sharing these great cards!!! I’ve always wanted to try something like this when I used to have TONS of old wallpaper sample books leftover…. Now I will work with my scrapbook papers…just as pretty… Great cards!

  21. Beautiful!!! I grew up in a family of quilters and always wanted to get into it but I’m a paper crafter. But now I can make a small version using paper! I’m soooo excited to try this!!!

  22. This is truly beautiful. Can anyone tell me if the square lattice embossing folder can be used on the original Sizzix die cutting machine (red one).

  23. These were beautiful. I want them all!

  24. Susan Mac Donald

    I’m a born quilter & love the ideas stampers share with quitl patterns & paper; so many to be found on the web; thanks to both for your inspiration!

  25. This is fabulous information – thank you for sharing! These cards are incredible and great inspiration! Really have to get that Lattice die – the possibilities are endless! I am a quilter in my heart but not great actually doing it – now I can!

  26. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful “quilt” ideas. I have made them with the “Top Note” with multi design paper and with just 2 colors, too. These are all so beautiful!!

  27. Wow, all these cards are beautiful! Ellen, you have a very special talent! Thanks for helping everyone out with your instructions!

  28. Thank you both so much for sharing!!! These are gorgeous.

  29. these are fantastic love them all

  30. Wow! Amazing how those embossing folders make those look like “quilts”! Thanks for sharing Ellen & Mary!

  31. I love these quilting cards! No sewing machine necessary!!

  32. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for sharing! A very special friend always wanted to learn to quilt but never took the time. A couple years ago she found out she had leukemia so I suggested she take the time to learn so it would get her mind off things. She chose to paint quilt block instead. Large ones. She had her husband hang them on their barn for ‘barn bling’. They recently had a tornado go through their town and the barn was destroyed. You just helped me with another idea for her!! I’ll make her one to get her started. Thanks for the idea!!

  33. Beautiful quilt cards would like to see the pattern for the Mock Wedding Ring. This one brings back memories. My Mom made me two Wedding Ring quilts before she passed away. I would like to make cards for my girls with a picture of my quilts. Can’t wait to see the new catalog.

  34. Beautiful Mary! I have an aunt that LOVES quilts of all kinds, and she makes gorgeous quilts for the family. She would just love a card made like these. Thanks so much for sharing…. and a big thank you to Ellen and Julie for fab designs! :-)

  35. This is just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks so much!

  36. Thanks so much for the idea! I’m making a bunch of these for a quilter friend of mine that is expecting a baby. I’m sure she will enjoy sending these “quilted” thank you notes!~

  37. Those are really “Wow” cards! I am so impressed with them! Hugs, J

  38. WOW! I am a quilter and I can’t wait to try some of these! Thank you!

  39. Totally amazing!!! I couldn’t begin to start one of these. WOW! Hugs,

  40. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

  41. I’ve been out of town and really out of touch, so only saw this today. Wow! I am impressed with all of the samples! I’ll be trying this one out very soon.

  42. Jennifer Scull

    I saw one of these cards posted over on Pinterest and just had to come tell you how fabulous they are! definitely inspiring! :)

  43. You inspired me to make a quilt Mother’s Day card for my quilter mom. Thanks

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