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As a member of the Mid Michigan Quilters Guild in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, we were given the project to build a deck of cards in quilts.  We were asked to draw a card from a deck of cards, and the only instructions were to make the quilt, 18″ x 24″, round the corners, and put the number and suit in the upper left and bottom right corners.  Other than that, we were free to do whatever we wanted, and WOW did the creativity show through on this project.  It turned out to be a highlight of the quilt show. I drew the 8 of Diamonds, the 3 of Hearts, and the 8 of Spades, and following are the quilts that I did.

Alien 8 of Spades

Eight of Diamonds

Three of Hearts Playing Card

Following are the rest of the quilts that were at the show, please browse through these and take a good look because they are pretty awesome!  Would love to hear your comments about them. We are currently trying to get them into the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and displayed at the Midland Center of the Arts. Please ENJOY!

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I have been very busy with The Ghastlies Blog Hop that I am a part of starting October 24, 2011. Please come back and visit my site on October 24th to see what I have done with all my GHASTLIE fabric!  I will be having a give away prize for everyone who follows me on facebook and leaves a comment! But I have also finished a few projects, which I wanted to show you here.Following is a tote that I showed a young woman how to make.  It was the first time she has ever been at a sewing machine and the first time using an iron.  She came over to my house on two separate nights and I showed her how to cut out the materials, free motion quilt the material and batting and assemble the bag.  She did a very nice job for the very first time at a sewing machine.  I would rate this tote as a medium sewing project.  I also introduced her to Aurifil threads for piecing everything together.  It is a nice strong thread that has no bulk to it.

Alexa’s Tote

The next project was inspired from a drawing my son did of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from the movie Back to the Future.  I used materials from my stash to create this little mug rug. I think that it would have turned out better if I had enlarged the picture and used better quality fabrics, especially the fabric that I used for the skin portions.  This fabric was from the stash table at a retreat and I thought it would work well, but it just didn’t want to behave in such small portions.  It works well as a Mug Rug though and I learned a valuable lesson about fabric.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future.. Inspired from a drawing my son did.

The following is a Mug Rug I did, that I couldn’t resist doing.  I had the fabrics and it was a nice cool blustery fall day when I created this one.  It is a simple raw edge applique.

Fall Mug Rug

This is a Mug Rug I did because I really wanted to thread sketch the cat.  I think it turned out pretty good except for the background fabric.  Again I used only what was in my stash and I wish I would have had a solid or light color background I could have used.  The bat in the moon turned out pretty cool and it was pretty easy, and the Happy Halloween in the upper left corner was done with 30wt Signature thread.  This was a new variegated thread I bought and really wanted to try it out.  I really liked the way the thread behaved for me, but again it doesn’t show up on this background very good.  It is also used in the stem of the pumpkin.

Happy Halloween Mug Rug

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On September 28th I took a class through our local guild that was presented by Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts.  The pattern she was teaching that day was “On Eagle’s Wings” which is one of the first quilts she made.   It is a foundation piece pattern based on the pineapple quilt pattern.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Edyta had the fabric kits all ready for us, and all the pieces were cut for us.  Her feeling was that we already knew how to cut fabric, she wanted to show us the technique of foundation piecing.  She then had the whole class do their first block together and she was very attentive to everyone in the class.  She went to everyone’s station and made sure they were on the right track or got them on the right track.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Once everyone finished their first block, she then let us work at our own pace.  Edyta was a very down to earth, funny person and she stayed very focused on all her students throughout the whole class.  She provided us with the tools to make and entire quilt for this pattern, but gave us the materials to finish a table runner in this day class.  She wanted to make sure everyone had something they could use at the end of the day as well as the tools to take this pattern farther.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Not only was she very attentive but she gave the class some very good pointers, some new techniques for building quilts, and showed us some of the new patterns that she was working on.   If you get a chance to take a class with Edyta, you will not be very disappointed.

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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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