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Mermaids Finished!

June 11, 2008

After much experimentation on the mermaids’ hair I am finally finished with my quilt for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival — and none too soon as I’m leaving for a quilting retreat this evening. Here is the final product: I call it “Gifts from the Sea” Here is a detail shot: It doesn’t show well, but within the shells are beads inscribed with the words Hope, Healing and Miracles . Maybe this will clarify The theme for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival is “Fishing for a Cure” so I hope this will be appropriate and will fetch a good amount come auction .

I spent a lot of time experimenting with the mermaids’ hair, much more time than I ever spend on my own LOL. I’ll post more about that when I return from my quilting retreat early next week. All these pictures are clickable so if you want to look closer you can. I’d appreciate any suggestions and critiques.


More Mermaids

May 28, 2008

The mermaids fishtails looked to shiny to me so I experimented by  painting on scraps of fishtail fabric ( its a metallic knit stablized on freezer paper for these trials — on steam-a-seam 2 for the quilt)  here’s a before of this shiny stuff;

For these trials I assembled Shiva Paint Sticks, Jelly Roll pens, Fabric Mate Markers and Sharpie fine points.

I tried  a purple and green Fabric mate  and  purple, green and blue jelly roll inks.  This next picture shows the Sharpie Fine Point colors of green, purple dark blue and turqoise.

And lastly the Shiva paintsticks:  The top color is from directly applying the stick to the fabric, the next was applied with a sponge brush the third was from blending directly onto the fabric and the  bottom is from blending purple,green and blue on a scrap of parchment paper and then blending it with the sponge brush and applying it with the brush.

I think that last blend is great colorwise. 

Conclusion:  I wanted coverage that still allowed some shine through and also highlighted the scaley look of this fabric. 

Fabricmate:  some shine,  good texture, colors are too neon for this application

Jelly Roll Pens: dull colorations, not much texture shows through, a bit of shine

Sharpie Fine Point: Deep colors but almost no shine or texture

Shiva Paint Sticks: Direct application yielded almost the same results as Sharpie, but when the sticks were blended on the parchment and then sponge brushed onto the fabric — great result: good color, texture and shine.  We have a winner!

So now I tried it on a mockup of a mermaid tail:


Looks pretty good, but I want it to vary from light at the belly region to darker at the fins, so I added som green FabricMate to the fin section and a bit more blended blue/green shiva stick to the mid section. Can you tell a difference? I don’t think the photo does it justice.


Gig Harbor Quilt Festival Quilt (WIP)

May 25, 2008

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.