Art quilt “Jelly Fish Love” is finished. What a fun custom order.

When I got the request for this custom order for 2 jelly fish featured in an art quilt, I would never have thought of doing a wall hanging with this theme. But the more I thought about the request, the more excited I got about the idea.

I did some sketches, after looking at a lot of photos of jelly fish. My biggest obstacle was how do you capture the fluidity? How do you take fabric and try to make it almost translucent looking, and jellys almost look  lit from within, how do you do that with fabric?

It was intriguing and interesting, and fun to work out how to go about it. I think that’s  part of the enjoyment of creating any sort of art;  translating an idea into something concrete. Working out the “how am I gonna do that?” to  “I did it and it’s good!!” .

I  love that big finish, when you look at it and say “It’s finished. and “I are really happy with it!”.  Then I can’t wait to show someone. I’m like a little kid, “Look Mommie, see what I made” only in my case it’s  “Look honey [Honey, in this case, being my hubby]see what I made?”  Then I wait for his reaction. Is it as good as I think it is?  That’s not as insecure and needy as it sounds.  I don’t have to have approval. He is always honest with his opinion, and I like that. Tastes differ., and we don’t always agree. It’s OK , if I think it’s good, that’s enough for me.

Well, I got the big thumbs up on this one. Hubby liked it, in fact he liked it a whole lot. I do too, but it’s nice to be validated. That’s not as needy as it sounds, really. I figured out a long time ago when you create a work of art, a painting or an art quilt, create something that you really really like, and most likely others will like it too.

I’m loving this quilt, and am mailing it out to the nice lady who ordered it, but deep down inside I don’t want to let it go quite yet, maybe I can get visitation rights!! What do you think?  Plain crazy I’d say! I used to have the same problem with selling  my paintings. Come to think of it, it was hard for me  to let puppies go to new homes, every time my dachshund had a  litter!

So what do ya think? Do you like it? [really I’m not insecure, no really I am not insecure] Only kidding, well…I think I’m kidding@!??

Well if you really want to leave a comment, go ahead and do that, I won’t mind, that’s of course, only if you like it….

Here is the final installment of the jelly fish art quilt.  I’m  really happy with the outcome.

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Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

About Myself & My Approach To My Art About Myself & My Approach To My Art I can't remember a time in life, that art didn't play a role, in one form or another. But my primary focus as an artist, has been painting. Close to 20 years ago, I was introduced to quilting & quickly became passionate about it. However to create a quilt there are some necessary steps that have to be followed, this obviously restricts some of the creative choices. I began to miss the creative freedom possible with painting. Since there are only so many hours in a day and I had other important things going on in my life, I had to focus my interests. When I discovered mixed media art quilting, it was a great fit. The combination of quilting techniques with painting and other art skills opened new creative directions to explore. I was home! It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges. Then I follow where it leads. My approach is more of an instinctual one. I usually don't do much pre-planning. My creative choices are made as they present themselves, based on my gut feeling. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. 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. Personal Links

11 thoughts on “Art quilt “Jelly Fish Love” is finished. What a fun custom order.

  1. I’m putting together a undersea quilt that was looking for idea… yours is amazing! I love the way you worked the blue colors in the back ground with the light streaming through. Very nice. I also really love the red coral! Very well played. Thanks for the inspiration. ♥

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  2. So beautiful! I ended up here googling jellyfish appliques, I don’t think I could add this one to the panel I am making though, it would not turn out like yours! It is beautiful, I wouldn’t want to give it up either! haha

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    1. Chelsea, I’m glad you ended up here. Thanks for your nice comments, I’m working on my 2nd one and liking it even better.
      What makes it, I think is the silk painting, you can get color graduations and much more detail and depth. Although the first one was pieced entirely from commercial fabrics.I have to tell you 2 wonderful fabrics that worked so well. The first is a marbled metallic that is out of this world, It’s Mark Horgyszynski for Blank fabrics. it’s older but you can still find it on the web. And second is Stonehenge by Sunshine Cottage Northcott Fabrics. They’re both to die for. And you can get the Stonehenge on “1000 bolts but only 1 nut” for cheap right now.
      Hope yours turns out well, I’m sure it will!All the best.
      Barb

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