Paper Obsessed Blog Hop – Jenny and David TAKE OVER!

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Hooootie hooo! It’s two of your trusty Crimson Tate staff members taking over Ms. Crimson Tate’s blog today!! Hello! Hiya!

Jenny {@coupleofsweets} and David {@crimsontavid} here. Thanks for stopping by!

Can we just tell you, when boss lady Heather showed us sneak peeks of this fabric line last fall when it came time for #QuiltMarketPrep, our eyes about popped out of our heads!! How COOL! It’s paper, but it’s fabric! And our hearts about exploded out of our chests with pride that she had done it again… designed a fabric line while keeping all the plates spinning at Crimson Tate. Kudos, Heather Givans! It’s a beaut, Clark! Hasn’t she outdone herself? We thought Succulents was cool, but now all of this papery and lettery goodness to help us create? It’s bananas up in here.

Straight out of the gates, Jenny knew she wanted to sew a dress for her daughter.

Photos by Eric Lubrick

image“I love nothing more than sewing for my kiddos, so when Heather asked me to make something for the Paper Obsessed look book, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I instantly fell in love with ‘College Ruled’, the print that looks like notebook paper, and thought it would make a fantastic little girl’s party dress. I chose the Oliver + S Garden Party Dress because of its sweet silhouette and shirred bodice that would certainly highlight Paper Obsessed!! Not to mention the opportunity for some fun fussy cutting on the waistband….it was a win-win!”

David went for a small quilted throw pillow that would utilize some of the coordinating Artisan Cotton solids from Windham and one of his favorite prints in the collection, Stamp Collection in AM Delivery.


“Both colorways are awesome, and if you know me you know that I love all things BLUE – but I wanted to make this dude as colorful as possible. Artisan Cottons are shot cottons that are woven with two different thread colors, the warp and weft. The threads of Windham’s Artisan Cottons are slightly heftier than other shot cottons I’ve sewn with, making them super easy to cut and sew, and just perfect for a home dec project.”

If you’ve been waiting for the steps David took to create this duder, then today is a happy day! The Postage Stamp Pillow tutorial and photo of the finished product are found below.

But first, let’s talk WINNING FABRIC. So you want some Paper Obsessed goodness of your own, eh? Windham Fabrics gives away free fabric along every stop of the blog-a-palooza and we are throwing in some extra I Heart Crimson Tate swag just for funzies. To enter the contest at our stop, leave a comment describing your favorite color and your favorite print of Heather’s (Paper Obsessed or Succulents).  Our winner will be chosen randomly on July 27, and of course, be sure to visit all of our friends’ blogs for a chance to win!

July 12 Windham Fabrics ::

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing ::

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: {Hootie hoo!}

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio ::

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography ::

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s ::

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts ::

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness ::

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce ::

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio ::

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine ::

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::

Crimson Tate

Photo by Eric Lubrick

Postage Stamp Pillow
featuring Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans & Artisan Cotton Solids

Designed by David Barnhouse
Size: 14” x 22”

 Fabric Requirements
½ yard of 40171-2 Black/Grey (Backing)
¼ yard or fat quarter of 41682-2 AM Delivery

1/8 yard or fat eighth of each of the following:
40171-1 Charcoal/White
40171-13 Red/White
40171-29 Yellow/Copper
40171-31 Turquoise/Copper
40171-35 Aqua/Blue
40171-37 Red/Royal

 Other Supplies
1 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
Coordinating thread for piecing and quilting
16” x 24” piece of cotton batting
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Straight pins
Basting pins

From the back fabric, cut (2) rectangles that measure 14-½” x 15-½”

From all fabrics, cut varying numbers of 2-½” squares for a total of (77) squares
Tip: From fabric 41682-2, fussy cut to feature your favorite stamps!

Designing the Pillow Top
Shortcut alert! The following steps will save you oodles of time.

On the ironing board, lay piece of interfacing glue side up. Lay squares out right sides up, taking care to leave the same amount of space between each square (about 1/8”). Make 7 horizontal rows with 11 squares each. Be certain the squares are not overlapping or touching.


Using the pick-and-pluck method, fuse the squares in place, taking care to not run over large areas of exposed interfacing. You may want to dig out your handy dandy pressing cloth.

Fold first row of squares over the second row (right sides together) and sew with a ¼” seam. Continue in this manner for each horizontal row, being sure to flip the previous rows out as to not catch them in your next seam.

On the wrong side of the pillow top, trim a scant 1/8” from your seam allowance as to remove the folded interfacing from all six seams.

Iron seams open. In this instance, pressing the seam open is strongly advised – the interfacing adds bulk. Tip: Finger press your seams open before you go for the iron. Easy-peasy!

Rinse and repeat! This time, sew the vertical columns together. Again, use a ¼” seam allowance, sew slowly, and try to keep the seams you just pressed open, well… open!

Now hem the back pieces. Along the short edge of one piece, fold fabric over ¼” and press. Fold over again 1-½” and press. Top stitch 1/8″ from the inner fold. Repeat for the second piece of back fabric.

IMG_5561Pin baste the pillow top to a piece of batting and quilt as desired.

Line up both back pieces (hemmed edges overlapping at the center) and the quilted pillow top, right sides together. Sew all four sides with a ¼” seam allowance and finish raw edge with a zig-zag stitch.

Option: It is possible to finish with a French seam (start by sewing wrong sides together), but be aware that this will shrink your outermost quilt squares incrementally.

Stuff with pillow form and bam! Your very own Postage Stamp Pillow! Spruce it up with some Amy Butler Honey Bun Poufs and make it a beautiful trio! Now get to sewing!

Crimson Tate

Photo by Eric Lubrick

60 thoughts on “Paper Obsessed Blog Hop – Jenny and David TAKE OVER!

  1. Michele T says:

    My favourite colour is Aqua! The paper airplanes or envelopes in this collection are my favourites, so cute!! I need to try that method to make a postage stamp quilt and a cushion cover would be the perfect size to experiment!

  2. Katy M says:

    I think I like the paper airplanes print best but really I love them all! And the little girls dress is just perfect! 😍

  3. Fireside Quilter says:

    Loving the Security Envelope cross hatch print…especially with the blue colour pop!!! 💙 My favourite colour is any shade of blue.

  4. Victoria says:

    My favorite color is purple. I even have purple glasses! My favorite print of hers is the college ruled one, although the one with paper airplanes is a close second. I would love to make myself a dress in that print!

  5. Pam says:

    My favorite color is purple and it is so hard to pick a favorite fabric from this collection! I love them all! The envelope fabric was the first one to catch my eye. What fun! And I love seeing what people are making with this fabric. Thanks for the fun hop!

  6. Sandy Allen says:

    My favorite color is pink, from the almost-white pink to the deepest fuchsia. My favorite print in the line is the envelopes. They are so cute!

  7. Chiska says:

    I like all the colors, but have recently been obsessed with coral and navy. My favorite print…just one?! I love the envelope crosshatch and the paper airplanes.

  8. Margaret says:

    My favorite print is the paper airplanes, and my favorite color is a mustardy yellow–not too bright and it can be a neutral if necessary.

  9. Amy R says:

    I love the college ruled fabric from paper obsessed. I think I need to buy yards for all the quilt labels. Blues and purples are my favorite colors. I love the garden party dress you made. So cute!

  10. Zina says:

    My favorite color today is probably blue, but I truly love all the colors! I am so in love with Paper Obsessed, it’s impossible to choose just one fave! I love the paper airplanes, and the notebook paper, and the adorable notebooks and composition books!!!

  11. marriannad says:

    Everything looks beautiful. I love your projects and I love everything I’ve seen from Amy Butler’s book. I sure would like to win the book and then use up lots of my scraps from my fabric stash.

  12. MARY DAVIS says:

    I love the paper airplanes print, the yellow ruled paper, the envelopes. this is truly a fun collection and I look forward to seeing my beautiful projects. While I love many, many colors, I am really liking the aqua, teals, blues, greens right now.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Dawn shepherd says:

    Blue 🙂 love the gray word print great for my valentine quilt, next time I’m in Heathers quilt store I want to get her great gray stamps, I want to make David stamp pillow 🙂

  14. Paula McCondach says:

    Blue is my favorite color but paper obsessed has brought back my love of yellow! Who doesn’t love a sheet of legal paper?? I want to make everything with it! Book bags, quilts, PJ pants in notebooks and a duvet cover that looks like an envelope to wrap up in whilst I quilt paper planes on paper planes on paper planes, I might make some paper planes and aim them at people with requests to bring me wine whilst I sit in my paper obsessed bundle!

  15. Sandy K says:

    Favorite color is blue. I’ve never made them, but the airplane fabric would be great to make fabric postcards.

  16. Gayla says:

    Green is typically my go-to color. I can visualize making an iPad case in a combination of Paper Obsessed Business Mail (aluminum) and Succulents Ledger (sage). Yum-o!

  17. Julie says:

    My favorite color right now is Aqua. The paper airplane print is my favorite, and I would like to make a dress with it! Heather, great job once again!!

  18. Bonnie Van Benschoten says:

    I’m a big fan of her succulents line, but i also love this stamp print. It’s so cute! Thanks for the chance!

  19. Barbara Triscari says:

    I love different colors for different things, so I don’t like that “favorite” designation. I’ll go for gray at the moment because I love the grays in Paper Obsessed and the stamp fabric if I HAVE to play favorites… then the stamps because they are full of Heather’s personality!

  20. Debby says:

    I can never pick… I love all the colors. It was purple, then it was green, now I just love them all. And I really love the ruled paper and the notebook paper. Love love love. I was a teacher and this fills my need for school supplies along with wanting fabric. ❤

  21. rebecca says:

    I love blues of any shade and I love the paper obsessed line, talk about cute….thanks for the chance of winning some of this great looking fabric.

  22. becky m says:

    My favorite color of the moment are shades of pinky purple, kind of that range between fushia and burgundy. My favorite print is also College Ruled. So clever and versatile.

    • Lindy Vaught says:

      Oh and my fav color is purple. My coworkers will tell you it’s pink but hats due to my Hello Kitty obsession 😉

  23. Kathy E. says:

    I have always been a purple lover…all shades of it! I really like the paper airplane fabric and can think of many projects I’d like to make using this bundle!

  24. Diane Beavers says:

    Jenny and David, I’m in total awe wow of both your projects w/Paper Obsessed. I do have two little twin nieces to stitch the dress for yeah! The Stamps pillow w/shot cottons is just fun and awesome.
    I go banana’s over yellows, coppers and turquoise (my fave gem too). Stamps is running tops w/me in the Paper Obsessed collection. Succulents I can’t get enough of! In that collection the Yellows & sedums, are the front runners w/me.


  25. Jessica P. says:

    My favorite color is blue. I love all of the prints, but my very favorite is the envelope print. Your pillows are amazing! powersjlc at gmail dot com. Thank you so much for the fun reading material.

  26. Jennifer U. says:

    My favorite color is aqua blue and I adore the paper airplanes fabric! I already fussy cut some of those planes and appliquéd them on to a mini quilt I’m currently making for a swap. So I need to win more fabric as the fat quarter I have now looks like swiss cheese! <>

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