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I joined the Skill Builder Block of the Month over at  She is a graphic artist that likes to quilt and developed this block of the month that teaches you different piecing and applique skills each month.  She also included free motion quilting in with each block, but I decided to wait until the end to do my free motion quilting.

The First Month Block developed by her was Improv Piecing, she states,”This month we will be making our blocks using some improvisational piecing techniques. Usually when quilting you are working with exact directions, and exact measurements, following exact steps one by one. But, when you are improv piecing you are given full flexibility with sizes and colors, and usually the blocks just come together as you sew!”

I chose to work in purples and greens, each month is two different blocks and I do one purple background and one green background.  She recommended starching the fabrics before using them to keep the fabrics from stretching or distorting.  I didn’t do that on these first two blocks and I regret it now.  I have starched my fabrics on all subsequent blocks and it makes a huge difference when piecing them together.  The pieces are much stiffer and keep their shape.

The first block was the sound wave and it was our decision how to set up our strips for the sound wave.  The second block was called Magnum and again we got to choose the width an number of strips to put in this block.  Here is an picture of my blocks for the first month.

To view all the other people involved in this BOM, please visit the flickr group:

Last year the quilt guild I belong too decided to make Alpha Quilts for the new local Children’s Museum in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  The quilt needed to be 18″ x 22″ and have the letter prominently displayed on the quilt, other than that we were free to do what we wanted with our letter.  I drew the letter “Z”. Read the rest here -→

Janome Elna Press Open

I have put my iron aside for the Janome Elna Press I purchased this summer.  I started a business that required me to press interfacing on to a LOT of fabric and my iron only had so much coverage, and ultimately took a lot of time to put the interfacing on the fabric.  I can do up to 3 times the work at one time with my Janome Elna PressRead the rest here -→

If you look through my shop you will see that I tend to like skulls, but I just like the monster theme in general.  My block that I’m going to show you is an original!  I drew from my love of Zombies and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, and.. I learned these little zombie felties from the book by Sarah Skeate “Zombie Felties”.  I have built some zombie felties in the past and as I was coming up with my idea for a block, I wondered what would happen if the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch were “zombified”!

My background is made from a dark purple upcycled wool sweater I found at Goodwill.  I washed and dryed it on high heat to shrink it down to use.  The sign is made from wood printed fabric fused to a piece of Muslin so that I could place it on the block and have it still look 3D.  I freemotion quilted the “Pumpkins 4 Sale” on it.  This sign was inspired from a Pumpkins 4 Sale wall hanging I made with my Mom a few years ago. Read the rest here -→

Come join the fun from October 22nd from October 31st!  Each of the participants will be showing off their Wicked blocks and you make get to download a block or tutorial as well as see some awesome work.  There will also be some prizes to be won!  Keep checking back here each day to see who will be featured each day!  Happy Halloween! Read the rest here -→