Please Pick a Card!

It’s the eleventh hour! The eleventh hour, that is to join the  PLAY Mini Quilt Competition with Jenna at Sew Happy Geek. If you click on the button below you will find the rules and a list of fab prizes.

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I saw this competition a while ago and I’ve been following along with Jenna’s quilt, which she has finished, btw, and it’s truly beautiful and with Fiona’s brilliantly sparkling Ace of Diamonds at Celtic Thistle. And there is more playing card inspiration on the the Flickr group.
I’ve been very tempted by this competition but, to start with, I didn’t have time and then I assumed I was too late. But apparently not. I have until midnight on Monday!
So what to make?
Here are a few ideas…

1) A heart made of patchwork squares, appliquéd onto a light background and outlined with a row of hand stitching. This was my first thought, especially as I think it could work as a gift for someone with the initial ‘A’. But is it too basic?
2) Then I wondered about making the suits – clubs/diamonds/hearts/spades into new shapes and ended up with a kite. I think this is probably my favourite.
But I do like the way the court cards double and my favourite card is probably the Joker, often depicted as a courtly Jester. Although it is often not pictured doubled (in the way of Kings, Queens and Jacks) the Joker seems to have an inherently double aspect.

The Joker can be an extremely beneficial, or an extremely harmful, card. In Euchre it is often used to represent Benny, the highest trump. In poker, it is wild. However, in the children’s game named Old Maid, a solitary joker represents the Maid, a card that is to be avoided (Wikipedia).


And that somehow got me thinking about King Lear, where the king is a fool and the fool is wise, and I ended up with 3). But would this count as ONE card – a competition rule? Do you see this as a foolish king or as a Joker wearing a crown? Is there a difference between the two options anyway?
And, more importantly, which one shall I make? Which card do you like best?

8 thoughts on “Please Pick a Card!

  1. Patti

    I love stories with a twist, so the Joker/King gets my vote! If it hadn't been for the King Lear backstory though, the kites would have been my favourite!


  2. Allison

    I like your joker sketch & would vote for that one, but more importantly the joker seems to have more interest/inspiration for you, so I say go for it! :) I can't wait to see what you stitch up for this :)


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