Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mahi Mahi and Manatees

The fourth block pictures a Mahi Mahi.

Four layers of fabric form this tall anemones.
The cutting process wasn't as difficult as I had expected. 

More anemones

The manatees block. 

Close up picture of the sea bottom. Isn't the fabric just fabulous? 

Mc Kenna Ryan calls them Tootsie and Rumples.

Rumples clasps the sea lettuce really tightly.

Anemones and starfish

Sea sponge.

This is my last blogpost of this year.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Octopus and Dolphin

The appliqued Octopus block.

The block after quilting

I really love how the octopus turned out. 

Just look at the tentacles. The dotted applique gives the impressions of suckers.

The dolphin

This picture was taken just after I removed the basting. The prints are still visible.

I finished the bubbles with long and short buttonhole stitches. 
The thread is a matching variegated metallic.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giant clams

The first block before quilting. 
Have you know noticed the cute little clownfishes swimming amongst the anemones?

All six blocks are quilted separately before they are sewn together. 

I chose to handquilt with Yli monofilament thread.

All appliques are quilted, even the very small ones. This  prevents they fell off.


Personally I don't like the raw edges. I'm always afraid the fabric will fall apart. 
Very large loose threads will be cut off when the quilt is finished.
However the raw edges aren't visible only if you are standing right in front of it.

For the coral I used Madeira supertwist together with the Yli. 

For the clams I used DMC metallic together with the Yli.
The DMC was a nightmare to work with. 
This thread gets very easely damaged.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Sea Breeze

Do you know McKenna Ryan?
When I came across this design, I had to order the patterns and fabrics. 
This challenging project was waiting for me till I found the perfect spot to expose it.
It will find its home in our "new" bedroom.

I decided to make only six blocks into an art quilt, as the wall isn't large enough for all of them. 
Each block is 18 inch square. 

This is one of the Hoffman fabrics.
As you can see it has a very special print.
The purpose is to locate the exact spot on the fabric that is similar to the sample picture.

This is one of the samples. 

Now look at the starfish.

The corresponding spot on the lower half of the fabric.
Please do not pay attention to the colors ;-$

The order of work is as follows:
- first sew together the background from one or more fabrics
- trace and cut (widely) all pattern pieces on Wonder Under (Vliesofix)
- find the right spot on the right fabric for every shape and iron on
-cut the shapes on the tracing line and iron them on the right spot on the background. 

Here is an excellent tutorial on the subject of fusible applique.

So far I finished the six blocks. The next phase is to quilt them. 

The six blocks:

Giant clams "Clampetts"

Mahi mahi "Tweedle Dum"

Octopus "Twinkletoes"

Manatees "Tootsie and Rumples"

Turtles "The Nerdles"

Dolphin "Tweedle Dee"

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Finished project: Message in a bottle

Finished CQ Message in a bottle

Below I'll share some close ups.

I added more glass beads and sequins in the pool and wooden beads at the foot of the dune.
The turtle charm and the large butterfly were in the package, so were 5 large glass beads of two different colors blue. I used only three of them. Fortunately the different blues matched the blues of the pool. 
The lighter square sparkles in the left fabric were in that fabric itself.

Also more beads and a turtle from my own stash are added.
Have you noticed that little butterfly from the package on the grass? It has found a perfect spot between the grasses. 

And finally.....the bottle.
It was empty, so I added a rolled piece of paper, no message on it.
I fastened it with invisible thread, it can be seen on two points though ;)
On the sea I sewed glass beads from the package, they form the sparkles in the sea.

This project was also my contribution to the CQJP 2013.
The whole quilt was large enough for four months.
I cut the photo of the finished quilt in four equal squares.

January block CQJP

I had my doubts about adding seam treatments on these distant dunes.
Because of the distance and the pattern of the front dune I decided not to. 

February block CQJP
The same goes for the distant blue dunes.
The herringbone stitches on the brown dune have been replaced by french knots to represent little shrubs.

March block CQJP

April block CQJP

I replaced the herringbone stitches by grasses.

All about the "Message in a bottle challenge" can be found here.
The challenge ends on March 31st.

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