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2012 MMDT August Challenge #2 Color: Husk

August Challenge #2. Color: Husk. Pattern: #14 Sixteen Squares

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  • Handwritten Journaling
  • Free Download
  • Clear Stamps 

For this challenge I have used handwritten journaling.

I also added an element of hand stitching with floss for the effect of hand quilting. 

The August feature paper now on sale at is Husk. It is a very textured paper that adds a very rustic look and feel.

Can you see the texture in this shot? Isn't it a nice look and a nice color?

Pattern #14



This pattern so reminds me of one of the things that first drew me to Mosaic Moments grid reminds me of one of my other hobbies..quilting. So after studying this pattern for some time, and searching my quilting books I pulled this pattern for inspiration.

This Sawtooth pattern is similar to one of many 'Star' Patterns, even though I was thinking of the Ohio Star when I began, this is what I have adapted for my pages this week.

  • I have included Paper Tiles: Cocoa for my corners.
  • Patterned paper that has a watercolor look, much like many of the fabulous quilting fabrics that are available, form my edge strips.
  • A fresh green cardstock is added for some of the tiles to add a half photo, 
  • stitching and 
  • journaling. 

The stitching is made easier by using a piercing stylus to puncture holes and six-strands of embroidery floss flow easier and doesn't get caught up on the adhesive. A needle or pin would work just fine too.

I know that there are tools out there that would have accomplished this very even and neatly, but truth be told, my quilt stitches ARE uneven and very 'primitive' in style. Living on the edge of Ohio's Amish Community has not improved my stitches! And then there is the fact that those tools cost money...I tend to follow "The MacGyver School" to use what you have available.

A tool that I thought would be worth the investment was the Marvy Punch that is available from, because you can frame the shot you want to crop and it is perfect for the 2x2 block space. At the moment, I'm having a few issues with mine. SO....

I began with printing my photos 2 to a 4x6 photo paper, then used the handy Mosaic Moments Quick Glance Guide (TM) to determine the best look.

After trimming and then using the guide to frame the photo desired, it was cut it out with an Exacto knife on a Mosaic Moments Mat. 

Printing this photo at 3x4 allowed more of the inside framing of the bridge to show for the pattern size in the layout. This compares the two views of the two sizes.

I really wanted that loooooong look at the guitarist practicing...the acoustics were terrific!  

Page 1 The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Portions of this park includes sections of what was the Ohio and Erie also includes trails, a museum or two, bike trails, picnic areas, covered bridges and waterfalls. Being the closest National Park to us...we had to go explore...these pages follow that day that the kids and I explored what was almost in our own back yard!  That section of the log showing all the cuts of lumber they could get out of it....still amazes me! 

 Page 2

And the waterfalls are gorgeous! Everyone was in search of the best photo. The Park Trail begins in Independence, Ohio and ends in Akron. It was a full day, ending with Cold Stone Ice Cream! 

The photos used on the 2.125" green tiles (that fit the pattern) were cut to 2" square to give a small color edge frame. The photos were halved and both sides used to keep the right tones forming the star points.

Well, another month of challenges has flown by. If the Design Team has inspired you to try some new techniques, a bold new color or to even about sharing the results with us...we'd love to see what you are doing.

Thanks for stopping by...


Shared by Andrea Fisher on August 21, 2012 | Memory Date: August 20, 2012
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Another take on pattern 14 I would never have thought of - how unique. I love the hand-stitching touch. I was an embroiderer long before I touched paper crafts so I love to pull that in once in a while too.
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  August 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm   
This is an award winning layout, Andrea! I am also a fan of quilting (wish I had more time to devote to it) so your interpretation of this challenge spoke to me! I only wish I thought of it!! LOL The had stitching makes the page!!! And I always appreciate how you document the process. Usually I am rushing to meet the deadline and don't get a chance to do that. Thanks for sharing your techniques.
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  August 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm   
Awesome! (Didn't have that "cheer" so this is cheer/comment) Back in the day when I watched Scrapbooking on DYI they had some things about following the patterns of quilts. I always thought the idea was really great. This layout lends itself to that very well. Like I said...Awesome!
Posted By: Janet Shetley  |  August 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm   
Linda, I got your comments...twice! in emails...thanks so much! Enjoy the can zip line there too! Be sure to visit the Cove, the drive is wonderful...waterfalls, rapids and more. The vistas on the drive through to Cherokee are spectacular. Keep that camera handy as the wildlife is plenty! Bears often sighted,deer and wild turkeys abound.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  August 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm   
Back before I started doing mosaics, I made a memorial album about one of my aunts who passed away, using quilt block patterns for each page. I think it's a cool tie-in.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  August 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm   
Guess I sent my comment twice, and I can't get it to delete. Sorry.
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  August 21, 2012 at 5:58 am   
I enjoyed readying about all the process behind your design and your photos of your work in progress. Your quilt block inspiration was wonderful--loved how you added stitching to your paper tiles to pull all your details together.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  August 21, 2012 at 1:29 am   

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