May 14, 2013

Little Yellow Bicycle | Quilt Pattern Background, Tutorial and Free Cut File


Little Yellow Bicycle has been showcasing their new Fern and Forest Girl collection on their blog and it continues today with a project I created as one of their Cycling Team Members! I absolutely adore this collection and found that it went perfectly with almost all the photos I have of my two adorable nieces. In fact, it was difficult for me to choose which photo to use for my layout!!!  The photo I choose is of my nieces with youngest one wearing her new fairy wings. I had given them to her as one of her Christmas gifts. She was delighted and proceeded to wear them the rest of the day!


I immediately knew that I wanted to use the little fairy image from the Chipboard Shapes to remember those sweet little wings! The layout was then embellished with some of the coordinating Cardstock Stickers, Journaling Cards and flowers from the Paper Crafting Kit. If you look closely you will also notice that I used some Canvas Tags and Canvas Stickers that are part of the new Naturals collection. 



Now, lets take a look at the background piece I created. I have recently been intrigued with adding more sewing type projects to my layouts and the idea of making a quilt pattern fit the bill. It also allowed me to incorporate several different patterns of paper.


This particular quilt pattern is referred to as a Carpenter's Wheel. I found a pattern online and then tweaked it in Photoshop to play around with the colors that I wanted to use. This is what I finally settled on for my colors. 


To create this pattern you will need to cut the following number of each pattern/color:

4 Gray Squares
16 Gray Triangles
16 Pink Dot Triangles(light pink)
 32 Pink Herringbone Triangles(dark pink)
 16 Pink Floral Triangles(medium pink)

I also created a SVG and Studio compatible cut file that you can download for FREE!!!

I used this cut file and my Silhouette Cameo to cut my squares and triangles, but if you don't have a cutting machine you could use punches or even a paper trimmer to cut them. The squares are 1.5" and the triangles are 1.5".


Once you have all of your shapes cut out you will want to mount them on your blue background paper.  I used a ruler to mark the center of the paper by drawing two intersecting lines.


I then used my pattern to help determine which color and/or shape to adhere. I started in the middle and worked my way outward.



This is the completed patterned adhered to the background paper.


And then, as if that wasn't enough, I decided to use my sewing machine to actually make a "quilt". This took a little bit of time, but I didn't stitch each block individually, If you look closely you will see that I sewed in straight lines and just turned around here and there and until each block was stitched around all sides.


Thanks so much for stopping by! The past two weeks have been some of the most perfect spring days that I can ever remember. All of the trees and flowers are bursting with color! I hope you are having a bit of color and sunshine where you live!
Hugs Juliana 17turtles

13 comments:

  1. I love this-thanks so much for the cut file I can't wait to give it a try!

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  2. Super cute! Love the look of the shaped background...nice!

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  3. Beautiful layout Juliana! Love the colors and especially the great design. Thanks for sharing the cut file...I'll have to give this one a try!!

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  4. Just had to pop over here to tell you how much I LOVE your LYB project, Juliana! This line is so, so sweet, and works so perfectly with your adorable nieces. And my jaw is hanging open at your quilting work. Truly stunning!

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  5. Wow, absolutely awesome!!! Fantastic outcome!

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  6. Beautiful LO...love the stitching!!

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  7. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwww! This is amazing!! I loveeeeee that quilt pattern!! So beautiful!! Totally pinning this!!

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  8. This is freaking awesome!!1 I've used some quilt patterns for a card but haven't tried it for a layout! Love the way it turned out!

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  9. WOW Juliana!! The quilted pattern looks amazing!! And great use of the Fern & Forest!! You did a great job incorporating the cute embellishments from this line!

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  10. Now that looks fun... don't know if I'm brave enough to try it , but those are great instructions!

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  11. This is outstanding!!! WOW I love the stitching you added!! I would love to try this sometime. Once I get a little more comfortable with my little sewing machine. WOW just love this layout!! T.F.I

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JULIANA