Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

My mother is a superb crafter.  My earliest memories are of her at a sewing machine or clicking knitting needles.  Her current passions are quilting, crocheting dish cloths, sewing flannel diapers and stamping.  The Persian Pickle Club reminded me somewhat of her, at least the quilting portion!

The book takes place in the 1930s during the Depression.  A group of women gather at each other’s homes to share scraps and quilt.  A city-fied newcomer joins the club and upsets the balance with some new ideas during a murder investigation.  I thought the story moved a little slow but I enjoyed the quirky characters.

The cards I made are inspired by the Crazy Quilts that the Persian Pickle Club created.  A crazy quilt is made up of scraps of fabric sewn into squares.  A person could design whatever pattern they wanted.  Here are my crazy quilts:

garden-impressions-party-pants-ks-kards-kristin-willberg-stampin-up.jpegI started with Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I wanted to make 4×4 notecards so I cut the cardstock to 4″ x 8″ and creased at 4″.  I then used my favorite DSP paper–Garden Impressions.  I LOVE the colors and patterns, they are so me!  I started just cutting the paper into various sizes with different angles.  Then I played “put the puzzle together” by putting different papers together to make the quilt.  Don’t forget that each paper has a super-awesome pattern on the back!  Some of the papers were layered because I didn’t have the exact size cut.

The sentiment is from the retired stamp set “Party Pants”.  It was placed on a 2″ circle made with the circle punch.  I used a dimensional to adhere the circle giving it a little depth.

Keep stitching those papers while you knit yourself a fancy card.  I’ll see you soon!

Here are the tools I used to create my notecards:

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