Sunday, October 30, 2011

GHASTLIES FAMILY ALBUM

I present for your viewing pleasure/amazement/horror my take on the fabulous "Ghastlies" fabric.   The plan was for a Scrapbook page, showing all the treasures I think the Ghastlie Family would collect.   So here goes.....
Melbourne weather is being very unkind to my photographic endeavours.    I ran next door and "borrowed" their fence in on brief burst of dry, yet cloudy weather, trying to get a good shot of the colours.    No sooner did we have the quilt up on the fence then it started to rain.   So if the colours are a little out there  I can only say "I tried".     

  

A snake in hiding...

  
 Is this the family business.....what the girls are brewing.

  A pink bow and a hammer, what more could a girl want.   Sebastian features in the cameo brooch here.
   Check out the feathered lorgnette - rose coloured glasses!
Another snake hiding ready to strike.    Silverware hanging  on a hook.... 
 A Victorian fan, heavily encrusted with Swarovsky crystals, the steampunk choker has crystals, pearls, silver flowers and a huge silver cross - slightly Gothic styling!     The black canary sits in his cage, surrounded by ivy leaves and pink crystals.   The velvet coin purse has a few family treasures spilling out.


 All the quilting between the family photo's is naturally spidery.    Hundreds of tiny spiders webs between all the treasures - I am thinking that like myself they have other more interesting things to do than dust for cobwebs!
Check out the cattitude being exuded from this slick black feline....

 Madame's silver dinner bell....
  3D ivy leaves, there are a couple of lizards and frogs hiding in amongst the leaves, and a spider has captured its dinner in the top corner.....
The bottom of the quilt is finished with continuous prairie points and a black daisy trim.
 Techniques used in the creation of this Ghastlie piece:

Applique, Machine Embroidery, Free Motion Embroidery, Quilting, Continuous Prairie Points, 3D Applique, Free Standing Lace Embroidery, Digitizing (the leaves, branches, cage, 3D ivy leaves, large bat in the top left corner were all done by myself), Fabric painting (well, I painted white lace daisies in shades of pink using fabric medium), beading, bedazzling (sticking crystals on), Couching,   and my personal favourite - shopping for costume jewellery  to chop up - oooh and I also learned how to use the Dremel for a bit of grinding  (removing some of the joiners on the jewels!).

This has been so much fun over the past couple of months - I spend hours wasting time   I mean, researching on the Internet looking for all those slightly Gothic/Victorian ideas.

As mentioned in the previous post, Madame Samm over at Sew I Quilt   will draw a lucky winner each day.   So leave a comment and make sure you are a "reply" blogger and you could be in the running for today's prize.     I will also send out a small gift to the second name drawn at the end of the day.    (My gift is a ghastlie memento bracelet).  

Here are today's other bloggers showing off their ghastlie creations:


If there is anything you want to know about my piece, don't hesitate to ask.  
Have a "ghastlie" day.    Don't forget the blog hop lasts all week.


UPDATE

I have a bracelet winner - lgentymk  from A Little Less of Me 
Abbeybeth has gone into the draw over at Sew I Quilt

150 comments:

  1. Amazing, incredible, complexity beyond twisted... a truly ghastlie creation!!!

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  2. Fantastic! Over the top wonderful. wow!

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  3. Oh what a masterpiece of artwork! Love all the techniques, embellishments and just wonderful thought into this piece. Truly beyond a Ghastlie mind! Thank you for showing us there is more to quilting.

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  4. Oh my goodness! I would love to be able to just hold this quilt, pick and find all the neat things you did to this quilt. I bet this took a few days maybe longer to finish. WOW! :) Love it, I bet this gives a lot of ladies inspiration pouring out of their shells.

    Thanks so much for the share! Just wow!!

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  5. This is absolutely fantastic!!! I wish I could see it in person. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What an amazing art quilt--so much thought went into this piece! You certainly did find a ton of interesting patterns and textures of victorian/gothic items. I love the keys--those are my favorite! thanks for sharing your talent with us today!!

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  7. You project are completely wonderful! Thank you for sharing them with all of us!

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  8. Wow! What an amazing piece of art! It is so complex, in a good way! You definitely went above and beyond for this quilt! Great job! Have a Ghastlie Day! :)

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  9. Oh my I would love to admire this in person!!!!Love the textures to make the "scrapbook" page pop

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  10. I love everything about your quilt. It is amazing.

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  11. This is a fabulous piece! Those Ghastlies have a much nicer family album than I do!

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  12. OMG, this is amazing!!! All the details... so awesome!

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  13. Wow! Such an amaizing quilt, so much attention to detail, It's fantastic, thanks so much for sharing it with us :)

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  14. What an incredibly cool masterpiece! I love it!

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  15. What an utterly fascinating art quilt. How I would love to see it in person and spend a lot of time looking at each and every detail. It is easily apparent that you immersed yourself completely in your theme and carried it off perfectly. The pieces you digitized...heck, ALL of the tons of embroidered pieces...are amazing (love that bat!). I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at each photo and will go through them all again, too!

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  16. wow - that quilt is amazing - the work involved and looks absolutely fantastic - just wow

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  17. Oh I love what you have done here. So clever. Thank you.

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  18. this quilt is sew cool. I could spend hours looking at it to try and see everything on it. Your use of embellishments is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Oh my all I can say is this is the absolutely my favorite of all the ghastlie inventions so far.This is incredible and lovely too.

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  20. This is an awsome quilt. your attention to the detail is wonderful. my favorite part is the bat. Thanks for the Ghastlie experience.
    Ms Selina Ghastle

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  21. Are you kidding me...ok this is certainly a first...your album and the details every wee thing and the diving into history and details..well my dear Ms Ghastlie..you awesomely scary...lol Gosh to write ghoulish things and make them mean well...Ghastlie....love the rose colored glasses...and the bracelet..priceless!

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  22. Such detailed work!!Amazing,luv your work.Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project :)

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  23. Wonderful scrapbook of Ghastlie life! Wonderful creation!

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  24. Wow! This is unbelievable. What a lot of work went into this! You did an amazing job! Love the multitude of embellishments.

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  25. Absolutely FANTASTIC! Wonderfully creative! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. A.MA.ZING!!! Seriously, beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your masterpiece.

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  27. That is very cool! Thanks for the chance.

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  28. Awesome! Your work is outstanding.

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  29. Unbelievably ghastlie! Wow, I was excited just reading your first lines about making it like a scrapbook page. (I love having all the memorabilia on a scrapbook page). You did an absolutely amazing job! I hope you have a place to hang that beautiful piece of art. (I have a large wall where it would be treasured, should you desire to part with it). Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Simply amazing and a wonderful representation of everything ghastlie - you outdid yourself. Judy C

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  31. I love it! WOW!!! is about all I can say right now. Since I do love over the top and victorian, your project is my favorite so far. Not saying anything bad about the others, or that I will ever come close to making something like this. Thanks for all of the pictures and description, and for sharing your talent with us :o)

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  32. I don't believe I've ever seen such stunning work. I am speechless. When I first started scrolling through your pictures I was amazed at the bat and the raven but you just kept going and going - such detail and exquisite work had me sitting here open mouthed. Your talent is completely over the top. Oh my goodness that's beautiful. And I assume you made the bracelet too? Wow! blessings, marlene

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  33. WOW!!!! and WOW!!!! Your quilt is amazing and quite stunning - I wish I could touch it!!
    I just left a comment at Mrs Tonya Ghastlie's saying I couldn't really choose one favourite Ghastlie project - but THIS is IT!!!
    Your attention to details is perfect. Did I say that I just ADORE this quilt :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  34. This quilt is sew Ghastlie wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. How did you ever do this???? It is a work of art; gorgeous!!!!!!!! I love everything about it....and wouldn't know where to start with questions...

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  36. How much fun you must have had coming up with all the little bits and pieces to go into your work. I can just imagine sitting and looking and always seeing something that I missed before. Thanks for sharing

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  37. Oh my goodness. The creativity is overflowing is your house!!!

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  38. This piece is awesome! The work you put into this is amazing right down to every little detail. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. I am still stunned in amazement over this true work of art. How do you plan to display it? It will create a lot of conversation and it is almost like a hide and seek treasure hunt. I hope everyone who sees it will enjoy it as much as we all do!

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  40. Wow! this is fantastic! Congratulations!!

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  41. Wow! I can't believe how many different techniques went into making this quilt! Awesome!

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  42. WOW!! Can I say more. This is incredible! All your "research" has paid off with a fabulous finish. All us bloggers have to research daily, now don't we? Mine starts with a big ole cup o' coffee and a comfortable chair! Give yourself a well deserved pat on the back! You got an A plus!!

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  43. What talent! I love your design - thanks for sharing and for a giveaway!

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  44. This is an amazing piece.... all the techniques and the visual treasures. Beautiful. Esp. love the kitty and the bat.

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  45. OMG you my dear are amazing.. I loveeeeeeee the quilt and the details just blows my mind.

    Jleibfried@aol.com

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  46. You really did bring it altogether for us to see each of the characters! I love your precious bracelet, too! Thanks for the FUN! ♥

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  47. Very Victorian, beautiful work! ;->

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  48. I love the machine embroidery additions and the glitz of crystals in these touches. YOU did an absolutely amazing job. Thanks.
    Jacquelyn gvgolfrn@gmail.com

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  49. That is one fantastic "scrapbook page"!!! Love it and know it was hours and hours and hours of work producing all the little pretties. Thanks so much for showing us and for the opportunity to win a goodie. Have a great day

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  50. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! What an amazing work of art! I can see just how much work went into this and it is SO fantastic. I just have to look at it again, and again.. I need to become a follower and see what other fabulosity you are up to over here on your blog!

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  51. awesome embellishments!! I think the bat is my favorite... great job!

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  52. What a wonderful ghastlie project. I admire scrapbookers so much. Your album was so much fun to look through.

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  53. Wow! That project is awesome! I love all the details. I don't think there was any time wasted there !hanks for sharing.

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  54. Wonderful - so original - I am truly impressed. Thank you for sharing.

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  55. That is so clever and one can certainly see the research that you did on items to add. Very fun!!!

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  56. Happy Hallowen! This is the most fascinating thing I have ever seen! You must be the Ghastlies Twisted Sister.

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  57. How cool is that?! I love it!

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  58. What a wonderful quilt!!! Your work is absolutely amazing. I was just wondering what size it is. I agree with some of the other comments, I would really like to see it in person as I am sure that the pics do not do it justice.

    I can't seem to leave this comment with my google account, so have to go this route. Bonnie in Iowa browne426@hotmail.com

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  59. An absolute MASTERPIECE. You are the Queen of embellishments. What a treasure! Thank you for sharing and thanks to Madame Samm for giving us such inspirational artists!

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  60. This is amazing! I am glad you said what techniques you used, I was wondering how you made all of those wonderful details. Truly a work of art! I would love to be entered for your drawing please.

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  61. Oh my gosh, what an imagination, LOVE IT!!

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  62. Beautiful work and a great project!!!

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  63. What a cute idea. I bet it was lots of fun to make.

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  64. What an amazing quilt! Your details are so incredible! Love it!!!!

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  65. Such a Ghastlie album page!! Love it. So glad I found all you Ghastlie folks.

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  66. Oh wow, so much lovely detail. It is amazing, so pretty!

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  67. Oh Mrs Tiramisue....I just got a case of the vapors while ooohing and aaahhhing over your creation!

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  68. Wonderful. I love all those embroidered accessories.

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  69. holy &%$*(&$@*(&@&!!!!!!!!!!

    and I mean that in the most fantastic way possible - my jaw is pretty much on the floor. I love the concept and you executed it so so so well. This is amazing!

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  70. I am amazed at your creative and gorgeous detail!! You took it all to the next level!
    Happy Halloween!

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  71. Very beautiful, I love all the little details you put into this piece!

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  72. Oh my word, I would be so ghould to own that quilt or one much like it. I am saving you so that I may pick your brain (bwahahaha) about some things. I so hope I win the bracelet, it has to be totally Ghastlie coming from you. Until we booooooooooo again, have a safe and fun Halloween.

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  73. Your "Scrapbook" presentation is quite the work of art and one of my very favorite Ghastlie creations. You have truly made this a labor of love and it is beyond amazing. Thank you for participating in this Ghastlie Super Party.

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  74. You definitely feel under the spell of these ghastlie creatures and they showed you all their ghastlie little treasures! Such a wonderfully creative quilt!

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  75. I am now a follower - how could I not be after seeing your quilted Ghastlie feast-for-the-eyes. My question: "Do you lend out this quilt?" I know I'd need 6 months of gazing and peering to come anywhere near seeing and absorbing all the fantastic details of your quilt. Certainly, the pictures only tease me, but perhaps, that's the Ghastlie design you had in mind. FANTASTICALLY Ghastlie!!!

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  76. So many wonderful details! I could stare at this for weeks and not see everything. LOVE IT!

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  77. Your quilt is absolutely WONDERFUL - love the artful touches!!!

    Shirley Albertson Owens (sao)
    drsaowens@gmail.com
    www.shirleyannesheart.com

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  78. You did great, that's a lot of embellishing. Thanks.

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  79. When I first started looking at your post, I thought is that some Steampunk going on there? My gothic-loving heart skipped a beat. How utterly ghastlie your creation is. I really adore it. Thank, thank you, thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful, ghastlie labor of love.

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  80. I love your ghastlie projects. You are so creative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your projects. Thanks for the giveaway as well.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. your talent and creativity with this is OVER THE TOP! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

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  82. Your quilt is awesome!! I absolutely love all the embellishments! You rock!

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  83. WOAH!!! Your quilt is a total masterpiece! I love all of the different techniques that you used. Beautiful if Ghastlies can be beautiful. Of course they can! Love, love it all!!

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  84. Love your "mixed media" on the quilt - it truly brings it to life! Beautiful!

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  85. Fabulous creation!! I LOVE the bat!!

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  86. such a scrapbook page ... awesome! i'm flabber-ghasted! truly creative.

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  87. Everything but the kitchen sink! And WOW how beautiful!! I love the creativity you put into this!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  88. My word! Gorgeous! Awesome! Incredible! It's so beautifully ghastlie! Of all the items made for this blog hop that I have seen so far...your's stands out the most. What an incredible amount of time you must have put in on this. It's lovely and thank you for sharing it with us!

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  89. Amazing!! I love history, and to tell it in a quilt is so great!! I feel like I am playing "I Spy" for there is always something new to look at. I can see the hours, and hours that were put into this, it is just beautiful!

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  90. WOW, I mean absolutely WOW! That is mind blowingly awesome! I Love It! Ms. Carrie Ghastlie

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  91. That is simply INCREDIBLE! You have created a wonderful piece of art. I never even thought about attaching pieces of treasures to a quilt.
    Beautiful.

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  92. You have made a wonderful work I´m speechless of admiration
    I love it

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  93. I love all the details you added--wow! Makes me feel inspired to drag out my embroidery machine parts and get creative. Love the rose colored glasses!

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  94. Wow! This is spectacular! I love how you have all the hidden things inside of it. It's like one of those paintings you stare at and keep finding new images all over. This must have taken you forever to do, and I thank you for sharing it with us.

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  95. What a great project!! Its just soo Ghastlie!!

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  96. Wow! You put a lot of work into all those fabulous details. Thanks for sharing.

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  97. This is impressive. One could probably spend days looking at all the different embellishments you have done. What fun!

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  98. Wow you must have put many hours into making this very creative piece , I love it!

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  99. Absolutely Stunning!! I Love all the detail!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  100. What a neat bunch of eye candy for Halloween Day! I love 3-D embellishments. We just got back from a fantasy faire and there were a lot of steampunk folk about. Very intriguing!
    Well done!

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  101. WOW! So much work and thought put into it! GREAT job! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  102. I really love how you embellished your piece with the extras, really beautiful work.

    Debbie

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  103. It's just GHASTLIE!!! I love the roses - nice touch!

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  104. You sure put a lot of work into your project, I love it.

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  105. Oh, my goodness, Ms. TiramiSue!! Amazing work- you have really taken the Ghastlie fmaily over the top! Love all the Steam-punk additions and gadgets along with your wonderful embroidery (rose colored-spiderwebbery glasses and bat are among my faves!) Wow! A wonderfully Ghastlie piece of art!! Wish I could see it in person... very cool!

    ~Ms. D Ghastlie

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  106. This is amazing and gorgeous. Thanks for all the detailed pictures it is well worth having a very close look at your quilt. Well done!

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  107. Beautiful quilt - I love all the details and embellishments! You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  108. OH my GOSH! The time you must have put into this -- it's awesome and wonderful!!! :)

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  109. I have never seen so many treasures incorporated in a quilt and it looks amazing. I am sure you will treasure it for many years to come.

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  110. Oh wow, I love the idea and the execution is great! Job well done, and put me in the draw!

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  111. You have done such an AWESOME job. I just love it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  112. That is an amazing piece of work! So over the top! Gorgeous, gorgeous work. I love the lace and the vintage jewelry. It's just amazing. Thanks for showing us.

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  113. I'm speechless. Wow. It's amazing!

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  114. So creative and arty. You have made something unique. Thanks for the chance.

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  115. Oh my goodness such Ghastlie Greatness. I thought the print had too much to take in but you have put it over the top! Great Job!!!

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  116. Ghastly! Absolutely beautifully ghastly! Thank you for creating and sharing this album.

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  117. Wow! What fantastic and beautiful work! I really love your owl and snake, everything is so neat! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower.
    Quilting by the River

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  118. What a wonderful piece of art that tells such a story!

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  119. That's just terrific! I love all the details. Great work there.

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  120. I am gobsmacked!! Over the top! I hope you will be dentering that in a show. Great job!

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  121. Very beautiful! You have been busy. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  122. All I can say is I love this quilt, I just wish I could reach into my computer and touch it!

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  123. Great Embellishments on your quilt, what a treasure. Thanks for being part of the Ghastlie Blog hop!

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  124. What a magnificent accomplishment! All that detail is truly spectacular! Congratulations!

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  125. You thought of everything the Ghastlies could ever want or need! Great project!

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  126. Amazing work!! I am going to zoom each and every detail picture to truely gasp in awe at your cleverness! Thanks!

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  127. WOW! I would have never thought to do that with the fabric. Absolutely divine. Great job.

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  128. I am batty about you having rose colored glasses on your quilt! What an awesome endeavor of art!! The fun you had is evident! Ghastlie you had to finish...may your next Ghastlie inspired piece be as fun!

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  129. Over the top! Amazing! I want to touch it and study it for hours. Please enter this in any and every quilt contest aruond, It is a winner!

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  130. Oh how creative and awesome are you? Truly inspiring! I love all the little extras you added, dinner bell, keys, rose colored glasses? Love it!! I love all you did! Please enter me in your drawing as well. I'll be in style then. hehe.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. Wow! All of the time in 'research' was well worth it!

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  132. Wow! I'm in AWE! What fabulous and clever embellishments! Love the ring of keys and the rose coloured glasses and ... well ... and ALL OF IT! Marvelous! Thanks for showing it to the world!

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  133. WONDERFUL!! I love it. I could look at this for hours. I love all the small details. All of the little things are great. It is so cool!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  134. very cool. you have an enormous imagination.

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  135. Thanks for sharing! Love your quilt!

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  136. Your quilt is awesome! I looked at each photo over and over...your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks you for sharing.

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  137. This is the most ghastly by far!! I would love to see your creation in person so that I could oooh and awe over all the wonderful detail. Truely amazing.

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  138. Well, my friend, when I saw how many comments you'd received on this post (wow, on that front alone!), I thought you probably didn't need one more, LOL. I couldn't resist though - this quilt is beyond amazing!! What a feast for the eyes! I can almost see you rubbing your hands together with glee, with all the wonderful 'finds' that made their way onto your over-the-top beautiful work of art. You already know I am a huge fan of your work, but this, I'm afraid, simply can't be topped!

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  139. What an amazing quilt and so unusual. I loved all the tiny little detail. How did you make the mask, glasses etc?

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  140. This has got to be the Best Quilt EVER!
    I love the fabric I made my first quilt with it but it doesn't compair to this at all. Thank you for getting me more inspiration.

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