Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Calendar Girls

Our wonderful hostess this month was the talented and creative Terry...what a challenge she had for us...

April Challenge

What is a Barn Quilt? A barn quilt is an 8 foot by 8 foot replica of a quilt block made of plywood and hung on the side of old barns here in Wisconsin. There are hundreds throughout the state and I love seeing them up close and personal. Here are some examples (the first picture I pass every day):





My challenge to you is to use one of the following quilt blocks to create this months card:
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This is an awesome challenge and it was a challenge indeed...I chose to do the last quilt block as after studying it a bit....I discovered I had made a couple baby quilts many years ago using the same pattern...funny how that goes...sheesh...didn't even recognize it. I must insert here though....I was learning from my friend how to quilt and made up my own way of doing it...and this seemed like the easiest at the time (wrong)...being a novice I didn't measure correctly and nothing lined up...but I was determined to make it work and kept plugging along until I completed the quilt...(note to not cut out all the pieces until you know they are going to work together with your homemade measurements...doh)...oh looked pretty good when I got it finished.

So here is my barn quilt card...does it surprise anyone that black is incorporated (I couldn't find an appropriate place to add glittah...heehee). I took the challenge to look like a quilt block so did not really add anything else to my card other than the zig-zag embossing and the ric-rac ribbon. I also layered the black and polka dot papers to give added dimension as this makes  the flocked argyle paper stand out more in real life. I did have to add a small pearl in the center and in the middle of each side of the card (hard to see with this pic). I hope this is what Terry had in mind...

Please stop by the rest of the calendar girls blogs and check out their cards. I am sure you won't be disappointed....I can't wait to see what they have done.

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time.....


Terry said...

Carol....your card is awesome! I didn't have anything in mind for you to do as a "must" except to have fun with it!

Your card looks so cool and I am sure that in real life the flocked paper looks cool.....almost like fabric!

I chuckled at your story about quilt making ☺ I actually took a quilting class in college as part of my major, and I sure am glad I did it! I have made many baby quilts and 4 or 5 bed sized quilts for friends and family, and you're right about measuring - it sure does make things easy!!

Thank you my friend for sharing your wonderful creation!!

Michelle said...

I love the look of your card! Love the black....great layout! :-)

:: BlueInks :: said...

Carol, your card turned out great! I love the black and the different patterns. Such fun!

Could you even IMAGINE what a quilt would look like from me?! Inner seamstress...pppffft! LOL

Love your card!

djones said...

Great card! Love that you used different designer papers? The rick rack at the bottom is perfect.

~Paola~ said...

Sistah sistahhhhhhhhh of my heart, why I am NOT surprised that U chose a black and white elegant palette here?? ehehhe ohh and it looks GORGEOUSLY stunning too! (no surprises here as ALL of your amazing creations do!) Loveee the flocked paper and the pattern you chose. The result is very classy indeed.I also liked U added pearls to the middle must have been really hard NOT to add ANY glitter eh?? LOL :o)I also noticed our creative similarities as we both used argyle patterns,polka dots,plain triangular c/s, two lines of ribbons/twine and we both dry embossed at the bottom ofour DO think
alike!*Love your fabby card my dear friend* U rocked it!♥

Barb said...

What a sweet card Carol--I love the striking back and white colors. But no glitter.............. oh well--there is always next time!

Darlene said...

Carol, what a great take on Terry's challenge!! I admire your use of black, someday I may get the hang of that (especially after seeing your numerous creations!) The zig zag and rick rack along the bottom are perfect! Nice job!

MiamiKel said...

Oh carol, where to start with this beauty! I love the rich colors you used to create this lovely card - the black accentuated with the off white, stunning color choice! You did a wonderful job on the challenge and this is one is a showstopper! Blessings to you, sweet friend! x0x0

Judy McMullen said...

BEAUTIFUL! Fantastic quilt design with striking papers and color!!!