Quilted Card

by Jenna Barber

Create a quilt top card front.


  • Scissors
  • Grid paper
  • Paper cutter, or 3/4" square punch
  • Two different types of Patterned paper
  • Three pieces of different colored cardstock
  • Double-sided tape or glue


  1. Step 1

    Take two pieces of patterned paper and three sheets of cardstock and cut one strip from each of them. The strips should measure 5 3/4" x 3/4".

  2. Step 2

    Cut the 5 3/4" x 3/4" strips into 3/4" squares.

    If you have a 3/4" square punch, punch eight squares from each paper.

  3. You should have 40 squares cut, however you will not need all 40. So don't worry if you are short.

  4. Step 3

    You can use this diagram as a reference at any time.

    Now that you have decided where your squares will go, let's get them organized a bit!

    Starting with the patterned paper which will be the four corners of the outer quilt, count out 8 squares. Four of them are for the four corners of the outer quilt, and four of them are for the inner corners of the quilt.
    • Now, choose the paper for the outer points of the star. Count out 4 squares and put them to the side.
    • Next, decide which paper you will use for the points of the star. Then count out 5 of those squares and set those to the side.
    • Once you have chosen the color for your inner star, count out 4 squares and put them to the side.
    • Now you should have a total of 25 squares for your quilt.

  5. Step 4

    Take all 4 of the 5 squares you set aside for the points of the star and cut those 4 squares in half, leaving one whole square remaining.

  6. Step 5

    Take the 4 squares set aside for the outer points of the star, and cut all 4 in half.

  7. Step 6

    To begin making the quilt - take 1 of the 8 squares you chose for the outer and inner corners of the quilt, add adhesive and glue them down onto the grid paper, keeping it as straight as possible

  8. This is what it should look like.

  9. Step 7

    Now you will use the half square for your first point of star. Be sure to adhere it as closely as possible to that first corner piece. Continue with the outer point of star, and adhere that as well.

  10. Step 8

    Adhere a square for the outer star. If at any point you get confused, don’t hesitate to look above at the diagram.

    After the first row is complete, the best route to go is up. Start from that first corner and work your way up.

  11. Step 9

    After the two rows are complete, you should have what looks like an “L” shape. Starting from the inside corner of the “L” adhere one of the inner corners as shown here.

  12. Step 10

    Continue to make another “L” shape following the pattern above. You should already start to see your pattern come to life… Neat, right?

  13. Step 11

    After you have finished your second, “L” you will now need the square for the center of the star. This is the square left over from the points of the star. Continue to adhere the pattern, moving towards the right.

  14. Step 12

    Now you will need to work your way back up again.

  15. Step 13

    Continue to use up leftover squares to complete the paper quilt, following the pattern above.

    You may have some uneven edges. Using your paper cutter, cut each side of the quilt to make a straight and even line. The paper quilt is complete.

  16. Step 14

    Use the finished quilt on a project.



  1. Add Texture
    Add more texture to your quilt by embossing it with an embossing folder.

    Try different patterns
    There are numerous different Quilt Block patterns available. Check this site and get creative.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Quilted Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this! Thanks for sharing. I cannot wait to try making it.
Jean  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:01 AM
I have a friend whose Birthday is next month and she has just started quilting so what great timing...love the site and look forward to the newsletters. Found Stampin Up last year and have never looked back. We don't get as much choice at our 'Parties' in the UK, shame. Love the ideas, many thanks. Jackie.
jackie  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:13 AM
Ditto! I love this too. I think I may try this out this weekend. TFS!
Lorie  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:13 AM
I Love this card. Your tutorial makes it look easy to follow. I'm hm for ANOTHER snow day. Maybe I'll attempt this today. BEAUTIFUL!
kathy  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:15 AM
what a beautiful card - can't wait to try it.
N. Hayes  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:25 AM
Wonderful tutorial...I'm definitely going to give this a go! Thanks Jenna for the great idea...your sample is sheer beauty!
Andrea Ewen  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:31 AM
This is a beautiful card, for any occasion!
What a cool idea to built it on graph paper!
Excellant tutorial!!!!!!!!!!
Kris  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:33 AM
As a paper pack-rat, I'm happy to see that I saved that old graph paper for a good reason.
Barbara Goff  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 6:55 AM
What is the floral pattern paper you used? It is gorgeous!
rebecca  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM
Lovely.... Im affraid of patchwork, but I will try this paper version!
Merian Candioli  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 7:07 AM
I love your tutorial,I just made a baby card for my future grandchild which is due in oct.Keep up the good work. Thanks
wanda  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 7:55 AM
I think your card is very beautiful and very unique.
Dianne z.  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Go Packers

the card is gorgeous
Diana Laabs  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Love the card! As a quilter I understand the directions perfectly! Can't wait to make some of these. A great way to use up so strips of DSP also.
Laura Harvey  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:15 AM
Awesome tutorial Jenna!! What a fabulous result!! Thanks for the site reference to get more pattern ideas too!! Will be giving this a whirl!! Love it!!
Anne Harada  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:16 AM
That is such a beautiful piece!!! Thanks so much for making the instructions so clear!!!
Willow  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM
OMG! Just yesterday I so wanted to do a quilting card, but am not a quilter and was at a loss before I even started. Woohoo, I'm all over this one! Thanks for sharing....Vicki
Vicki Hill  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM
Wow! This is gorgeous & you make it look so easy! I never would have though of adhering it right to my grid paper. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Amy Fitzgerald  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM
I will be trying this technique for sure as I am an avid quilter. TFS!
stamp300  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM
@ Rebecca: I used SU!'s Spring Vintage designer Paper in the Spring Mini Catalog! it is super gorgeous!!

Jenna Barber  |  Wed Feb 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM

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