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Topic: Daydreaming Mermaid Quilt (now with process pics on page 8)  (Read 23780 times)
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« on: February 27, 2009 03:26:35 PM »


I made this quilt for a competition we have in New Zealand called the Hoffman Challenge - I think there┤s a similar one in the US.  The rules are that you have to use a ┤recognisable amount┤of the selected Hoffman fabric (this year it was the one I used in the mermaid's tail), the quilt must be under 1m square in size and it must not be square or rectangular.

Detail of tail

Hand detail

I started doing patchwork a couple of years ago after being really inspired by the picture quilts I saw in a local exhibition.  So I wanted to try a picture quilt and I wanted to try creating a human figure using shading - I've been very interested in this.  So when I saw this year's Hoffman fabric it immediately suggested to me a mermaid tail and I thought this was a great opportunity to try those things out.

I machine pieced the sea with 1 inch squares, paper pieced the rock and then slip-stitched that to the sea, created the mermaid using fusible-web applique (product called Vilesofix in NZ), machine-stitched her to the background using a close zig-zag, used a whole piece of fabric for the sky and needle-turned the hills.  Then it was machine-quilted.  This was my first time quilting and while I'm in love with patchwork I'll say that I didn't hugely enjoy the quilting.  I think that was just cos it was my first time though.  Also, I do think the quilt might have looked better if I hadn't quilted it so densely, but I guess that's all part of the learning curve.  Hopefully quilting will become more enjoyable!  Putting together all the little pieces for the mermaid's skin was easier than I thought it would be - courtesy of patience and a pair of tweezers!

I'm definitely keen to do another portrait type quilt - not sure what the subject will be but I loved figuring out the shading for the body and seeing that come to life.  I didn't sketch the figure by the way - I'm okay at sketching but not that good.  My very kind and patient husband  Wink took some photos of me and I traced one.

Comments and criticism are greatly appreciated  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009 03:28:15 PM »



*hitting this ROCKS*


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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009 03:33:58 PM »

I mean really, I know nothing about quilting, but this is beyond AMAZING!!! Shocked

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009 03:35:16 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

I seriously don't know what to say other than YOUR QUILT IS AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009 03:38:33 PM »

Ooh I've gone all pink - you people are lovely!  Smiley Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009 03:46:47 PM »

wow! i know how much work that must of been! i am truly impressed! keep up the portrait quilts! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009 03:52:43 PM »

 This is fantastic. beautifully executed!

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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009 04:02:10 PM »

this is beautiful!!  to me this is a winner!

« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2009 04:09:06 PM »

This quilt is like chocolate to me...
Look at that, I can't even really make any sense, I'm just so totally mystified with your quilt!
Awesome job!
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2009 04:27:09 PM »

Wow, that is utterly amazing. Love the shading, it's so beautifully done. Your work is very inspiring!

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