Friday, September 2, 2011

Teaser Revealed - September Quilt for AAQI

Yes, there is where the fleece went, acting as batting for this little quilt for donation to Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. I know - it is a little strange.  It is called "Bling Fish" and I'll tell you it's story...

I found a cushion, likely a souvineer, at the thrift store with this cool batik fabric.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it wanted to come home with me to become the basis for my next AAQI quilt and that it would be loads of fun to embellish.  I took the cushion apart, saving the batik from the front as well as fabric for the backing and fast finish triangles.  You can see the original cushion in an earlier post.  I removed the original quilting stitches which were pretty sloppy machine stitches and instead outlined the main figure on the panel with stem stitch done in gold Glorianna Princess Petite Perle silk thread - my favourite!  I cut the original quilt bat and folded and stitched it on the back so that it was concentrated in the figure - "sort of" a trapunto thought there.  Next I added the fleece from the jacket in my last post and did kind of a faux wrapped stem stitch - using cotton perle cotton to wrap each of the stem stitches but actually catching the fleece as well to add more dimension.  The backing of the quilt is the original back of the cushion, a heavy white cotton the same as the little corner pieces on the front.  The binding is some quilting cotton batik I had on hand.  And now...

Mr. Bling Fish himself!  This is the part I couldn't resist embellishing.  I used vintage silver sequins to add scales to his body, attached with silver lined glass beads.  I used the same beads to outline him.  His eye is a vintage sew on jewel placed on top of another sequin.  It may be weird but isn't he beautiful!?  I love him!  (The muse might have been hitting the bottle again - I won't know til I hear someone else's opinion besides my own, lol)

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