|"Kiss the Bait"- Fish Lips and Stripey the Worm on a Polymer clay hook.|
It's back from Road to CA for me and my Art Quilt two years in the making-
"Casting Dreams" didn't win a prize but
I overheard lots of people enjoying the humor and whimsy in this piece.
I can finally show you all pictures.
This Quilt is an irregular shape and approximately 6 feet by 5 something.
I got it out and took some close ups this morning
because you can't really see all the hand stitching,
beading and embellishments from a distance.
Here are some of my favorite creatures:
|Egyptian Queen Fish- the body is made with painted fusible web.|
Love that technique, it is always a surprise what you get.
|Momma gives Baby Snail a piggy back|
|Butterfly Fish Family|
|Blue Finned Rock Fish|
|Egyptian Queen Fish and the Flying Fish School|
Some of my handywork; beads, sequins, hand embroidery with blood sweat and pliers....and I didn't count but more than 1000 french knots to hold down the big fish to his home.
|The Eye, Feather Fin and many French Knots!!|
|Just some of the beading and hand stitching done with embroidery floss and pliers|
I sketched and created every appliqued creature with Steam a Seam
and I don't know how many different fussy cut fabrics.
The Music Fish is one of my personal favorites, he is made up of a thread painted keyboard belly, treble and bass clef signs; his eye and nose, sixteenth note fins and an eighth note tail.
The Elephant Fish is one I remembered from this favorite childhood story of mine:
Dr. Seuss's -"McElligot's Pool"
in which there was every type of fish imaginable, cow fish, dog fish, eskimo fish...
|Mr. Muscles, a CrawDad|
Originally I made a big Red Lobster but he took away too much attention from the big fish.
|Mr. Rock Turtle meets the Purple Fancy Molly Family|
So now you know why I breathed a bittersweet sigh of relief
when I had to ship this quilt to Road to California.
I had to stop embellishing and call it "Finished".
It was a LOT of work but so worth it.
Time is so precious, I hate to waste it, what are you doing with yours?