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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