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This is  a One Block Wonder that I have recently finished.  My mom started this quilt a few years a go, she had cut it out and got the blocks ready for design, but in the design phase she got frustrated and handed it over to me. (Thanks Mom, for all the initial hard work!)  Once I had the pieces my daughter and I put them up on a design wall basically by putting similar colors together.  From that point, we took pictures on our digital camera and then started rearranging the blocks until we came up with a design that we were satisfied with.

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A Skull for Heather (click to enlarge photo)

This is a little art quilt that I did for my sister-in-law who loves skulls.  She gave me a skull pandora pendant and in return I made her this little art quilt of a skull. This measures about 8″ x 8″ square and is a mix of applique and thread painting.   My first two attempts were completely thread painting and they did not turn out very well, I need a little more practice doing that. I was going to use white fabric for the skull, but when I started through my fabric, I found a fat quarter of this color and thought it was perfect for this application.  I fused the larger pieces of fabric and then I used thread to paint around all the areas to give it the look of a skull. Read the rest here -→

Mug Rugs I received in the Mug Rug Swap

I wanted to share with everyone the mug rugs I received from Debbie in California!  I love them!  Thank you! I’ve had a lot of fun with the Mug Rug Swap.. it’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this and it was really cool to give and receive from complete strangers! Debbie also sent me a very nice card and a map showing how far the mug rugs traveled from her place in California to my place in Michigan. Debbie, you did a great job and I love them and keep up the good work!

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Country Americana Mug Rug

Country Americana Decor

MUG RUG SWAP 2011.  These are my mug rug’s that I made for the Quilting Gallery’s mug rug swap I joined in January 2011.  My swap partner indicated that she liked Country Americana colors and I researched the decor and colors and designed these two mug rugs to send to her. These took me about 3 – 4 hours to put together and I bought some fat quarters to achieve the look of Country Americana.  I didn’t have any solid colors in my stash. I love the trees on these mug rugs.  In most of the decor they showed these types of trees and they were a lot of fun to create with thread and I will probably incorporate them into future projects. Hope my partner enjoys her mug rugs!

UPDATE: 2/9/2011.. I heard from Mary whom I sent the mug rug’s too and she loved them!  Thanks Mary!

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Baltimore Halloween 12 Month Quilt

Here is the completed Baltimore Halloween Block of the Month. I chose a green binding that matched some the green in the applique and I really like the color.  I wasn’t sure which color binding I would use, but I just keep pulling bolts of color out until I finally settled on the green and I’m really happy that I did. It also took me a while to figure out how I was going to quilt this, and after drawing up some patterns that I thought I would use.. I finally just sat down at the machine and started a circle or pebble pattern around each block and I think it frames them nicely..

In the borders I continued the circle pattern, but this time they are smaller circles within bigger circles.  Both borders have the same quilting pattern, just different color threads.  I also used the same color thread in the bobbin throughout so that the back of my quilt was consistent with thread color.  In the center block, I quilted around the shapes in the middle because it is such a big area that was left not quilted and it really makes the shapes pop out of the block.  I used invisible thread to go around these shapes with the bobbin thread being the same color I used through the quilting process. I finished it off with a sleeve on the back so I could use it as a wall hanging in the future.  The finished size of this quilt is about 60″ x 60″ square.

I started this in October of 2009 because I needed something to sew and didn’t know what to do, saw this in Keepsake Quilting and decided this was for me.  A year and a half later, here it is. I did not hand appliqué this as the directions say to do.  I used a light fusible and then did some satin stitching around all the pieces to keep them in place.  I love halloween and I’m glad this was a block of the month or I may have pulled my hair out. Read the rest here -→