Past Quilt #1: Under the Sea

Over the next few weeks I will post some of my completed quilts that hang in my home, or possibly in a family member's home, and give a little back story to how I made it.

This is one of my favorite quilts. I made it about 8 years ago, and it hangs in our home office. It was relatively simple to make - various hand-dyed and batik 6 inch squares in varying shades of blue. I hung them on my design wall and played with the layout before sewing all of the squares together. I felt the water needed a little "oomph" so I layered a few larger squares of iridescent tulle on top to give the quilt some shimmer.

Then I fussy-cut fish and seashells from several different fabrics and fused them to the quilt top.

I made the seaweed by cutting long strands of brown and green hand dyed fabrics and glued them on top of and behind the fish and seashells to look natural.

I also wanted to include a little "whimsy" to this piece, hence the bottom of the fishing boat, and an oar at the very top of the quilt.

Finally, after free motion quilting the whole piece, I added some blue iridescent beads to look like some of the fish were blowing bubbles in the water.

And that's my "Under the Sea" art quilt. Let me know what you think!



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