Gig Harbor Quilt Festival Quilt (WIP)

I’m working on a wallhanging quilt to donate for auction at the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival later this summer.  The theme is “Fishing For a Cure” and the money raised goes to fighting breast cancer.  One of my favorite aunts died from breast cancer, this was back in the mid 60s and I still vividly remember Lily showing my mother and me her scars and Lily saying the radiation made her sicker than the cancer.  As they say (who the all knowing “they” are — go figure) she fought the good fight.  In any case, the money raised goes to a good cause and I want to make something that will fetch a good amount of change and that my Mom and Lily would like.  They were incredibly talented women — Lily was a woodworker who specialized in miniatures and western themed items like covered wagons.  My mother did oils and mozaics.  As soon as I heard the theme  for the auction an  image of a mermaid flashed through my mind.   Seated on a rock amidst waves she summoned  the other sea creatures bearing curative items.  My designs gone through many permutations of that theme to this one that I’ve finally settled upon:  2 mermaids swimming from the ocean depths toward the surface.  They are hauling a net full of curative items.  I think I’ll weave the net from their hair.   Here are some preliminary pics.  I just can’t say enough nice things about Steam -a – seam 2 Lite.  I’ve got it fused to the back of the mermaids and  it is pressure sensitive which means I can just gently place them anywhere on the quilt and they stick (like colorforms from childhood).  They don’t become permanent until ironed in place. (FYI — Steam a Seam 2 Lite is only semi permanent, it needs to be sewn).  I’ve already quilted the ocean water with 3 different metallic threads.  I think I’m in love with Superior threads “glitter” thread, it went through my Ellageo like butter. 

This is my drawing of a mermaid — it comes from a Dover publication (copyright free images — great source)

Here are some of my mermaidish fabrics

And here is a fused mermaid And here are the 2 of them swimming in the ocean. 

They are like colorforms, so I’m going to fiddle around with their positioning, but this gives you an idea of what I’m doing so far.


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6 Responses to “Gig Harbor Quilt Festival Quilt (WIP)”

  1. Carol Ann Says:

    Your mermaids are beautiful and the blue fabric is fabulous. I love mermaids and have embroidered a few on CQ block RRs. Did you create the pattern?

  2. Dorothy Lindquist Says:

    Congratulations, Judi, on starting your own blog. I really enjoyed reading it and the pictures are great! I love the water. It makes me feel that I am really there. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.


  3. embellishingexperiments Says:

    thanks for the compliments. I got the mermaids from a Dover publication. Their books and CD’s are a great source for copyright-free designs. The composition of the finished design is totally my own.

  4. Joie H. Says:

    Hi Judi!
    Oh, I have enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all the photos you’ve posted so much! Your mermaid is simply gorgeous! Can I please, please, please be as talented and artistic as you when I grow up? (I’m 52 and still learning). LOL
    Congrats on your new blog! I look forward to checking in often.
    Thanks also for the sneak peek at the blocks from our RR!

  5. Vicky Says:

    So Judi are you in the G.H. area?

  6. lella Says:

    How beautiful your mermaids and their habitat is. What a wonderful way to remember and honor your DAunt, and to help others.

    To the cure, and beyond!

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