© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016
I have a close friend who is an avid quilter. When I first saw this die set from Tonic Studios™ I knew that I would create some “quilt squares” as gifts for her. This is the first of three (so far). I know she will love them, and they will be perfect to hang on her quilt studio wall. I will be creating them in a neutral color palette of medium blue and golden tan. And since I will be using some items that would normally be tossed, I am doing my part to follow Arnold’s “R’s”: recycle, restyle, repurpose, revamp, restore, renew!
- Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
- Tan & gold scrap paper (think junk mail etc.)
- Large empty frozen Pizza box
- Blender, cello sponges, soft towels
- A sunny window
- Medium blue text weight paper
- Die: Tonic Studios™ #183E Verso Art Deco Collectable Die Set
- Tonic Studios™ #159 Advantage V Blade paper trimmer
- Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
- Pencil, ruler
- Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky™ Glue
- Punch: Notched corner
- Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer papermaking kits or books to create golden tan slurry.
- Create one or more (I needed three sheets since I was making three matching projects sheets of handmade paper).
- Allow the paper to dry.
- Create a 8 ½ x 8 ½ x 8 ½” ½” (deep) box top and bottom (remember to make the bottom of the box an 1/8” smaller than the top).
- Place the box lid on the box bottom creating a closed box.
- When the golden tan paper is dry, cut it to the size of the box top.
- Use the punch to notch the corners of the paper. Set it aside.
- Cut the medium blue paper to 8 ¼” square.
- Measure and lightly mark the center of the blue paper.
- Repeat marking the middle of all 4 side of the paper.
- Determine which end of the “diamond” shaped Art Deco die you want in the center of the quilt square.
- Place the die at one of the marked places, tape it so it will not shift when cutting, run it through the machine.
- Repeat this step 5 more times, lining up the pencil marks each time.
- Layer and glue the blue die cut paper into the notched golden tan handmade paper.
- Attach the layered paper to the box lid.
- When you decide which direction to hang the quilt square (Star of David or regular star quilt block) add a hanger to the back of the box.