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During the summer I went to a quilt show in Gladwin, Michigan and a vendor had a Ghastlies quilt hanging there for show, and I instantly fell in love with this fabric and knew I had to find it and do something with it! She did not have any of the fabric for sale at the show, so I came home and went right online and found several vendors who had it and ordered every color and some of the coordinating fabrics. I am so happy to be a part of this blog hop and to be among other Ghastlie lovers! I can’t wait to show off what I have worked on, and I plan on having my own giveaway on my site also! I look forward to meeting all of the bloggers and seeing all the GREAT GHASTLIE projects that will be created! Thanks Madame Samm for hosting this wonderful blog hop! Please keep updated with me by liking me on facebook and I will let you know which day my blog will be featured! love it, share it! pinterest google

Three of Hearts Zentangle

Mid Michigan Quilters’ Guild has their bi-annual quilt show coming up on October 8, 2011 at the Commission of Aging in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  As a part of the show is going to be a trunk show of a Deck of Cards all built by members of the quilt guild.  We were given the task of drawing a card from the deck and then given the instructions to make it 18″ wide x 24″ tall, put the card and suit in each corner as on the card and to round the corners.   We were free to do whatever we wanted to do on the card with just those few instructions.  I drew the Three of Hearts, and after a lot of thought, decided to give my Zentangling a shot with some thread. Zentangling is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. I intertwined three hearts and then proceeded to zentangle inside them, but still maintaining the shape of the three hearts.  The Number and the Suit were drawn by me and appliqued on.  The blanket stitch around the numbers and the hearts were done with free-motion stitching.  I wanted to keep the free motion stitching element because of the thread sketching in the Zentangle which is why the blanket stitch is uneven. I used Sulky Red to do the Zentangle and the Blanket Stitch.  Sulky White for the feather quilting around the Zentangle, Sulky invisible thread to stitch down the Zentagle.  I used Aurifil 50wt to attach the binding because it is strong and lays very flat. I will post pictures from the quilt show to show what the whole deck of cards looks like when hanging on the wall. If you have any questions about Zentangling, please leave a comment below.

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These are couple of Amy Butler’s Chelsea Totes that I made recently.  I fell in love with Alexander  Henry’s (The Ghastiles and his line of Dia De Los Muertos) fabric.  I’ve started with the fabrics in these totes.   Once I made one of these totes, the second one was really easy to put together.  Check Amy Butler’s website for updated instructions to the pattern.  I believe the the yardage amounts for the interfacing’s are interchanged.

Amy Butler Design Ghastlie Tote



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Eight of Diamonds Quilt

This was a challenge for the quilt guild I belong to, Mid Michigan Quilt Guild.  For their quilt show in October (click for quilt show details) they asked members to draw a playing card, gave us the dimensions of the quilts (18″ x 24″) and asked that we put the card number and suit in the corners, and the rest was up to us.  I drew the eight of diamonds from the deck and this is the little quilt I came up with.  I like flowers and decided to use some new material I had and made a flower with 8 diamonds as petals. The guild is going to display the whole “deck” of quilted cards at their October Quilt Show.

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Kathy Myers Baby Quilt

Kathy Myers, the wife of a co-worker of mine, couldn’t find a long arm quilter to finish this baby quilt in time for the baby shower so she asked for my assistance in trying to do it herself. I got her started on doing some free-motion quilting, but she didn’t feel she could get herself up to speed in a week so I quilted it for her.  It is a cute quilt that she made for her grandson and I was quite honored that she trusted me to quilt it for her. Behind the bunny I did some feathers and small stippling, in the yellow border I did some leaves, and in the blue bars below the bunny I did some diamonds. and finally some circle inside circles in the outer border.  I really liked how the quilting behind the bunny really made the bunny pop off the quilt. Thanks again Kathy for trusting me to work on your quilt!

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