Progress of an art quilt

I got a request for a custom quilt from a lovely lady involving jellyfish. She wanted an art quilt with 2 jellyfish featured on it as a wedding gift for a friend who really loves jellyfish.

After coming up with design ideas I settled on a direction to go. Ran it by my customer and she liked it so I was up and running.

The idea I had  initially was  a graduated color going from light to dark blues as a backdrop. I couldn’t find the right fabric, So did some creative piecing to give a similar effect,

Drew some drawing of jelly fish and played around with the scale and placement. Traced the drawing on the steam a seam fusible web paper. Then cut up the pieces of my “pattern” and fused to my fabric choices

first sketch 2 lovers at the aquarium silhouetted reject!

After fusing everything down and stabilizing, I started thread painting and stitching it down. I like to zigzag the raw edges.

piecing done, elements fused down

More later on the progress.

Over the weekend went to Quilts by the Sea quilt show in  Newport Oregon, shared a booth with Teresa of Quilts by Nature. Lovely people who put this annual show on. Lovely show, small but not too small. Enjoyed the interesting visitors to the show. Got the flu on the last day, made tearing down and packing an awful chore sick.

Got my latest new grandson yesterday morning he’s adorable. I had a blast holding him, he made the cutest little sounds, we said he was purring,. Grandchildren are the bestest!!I’m blessed with several wonderful ones.

See Ya,

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Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. I was introduced to quilting after moving to Oregon and instantly fell in love it. It was new and exciting, I jumped in with both feet. As enjoyable as I found quilting, I began to miss the creative freedom painting affords. Then, I discovered fiber art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. The choices and decisions that come up as I work on a piece, are made based on my gut feelings. This can result in quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

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