Remember to take a look in the gallery this week. I updated it earlier in the week with some awesome pieces!
I originally created this jacket because I went to Asilomar in Pacific Grove every year to take 5-day quilting classes with a variety of great teachers. Besides the teaching, there was usually some sort of wearables contest. That year, it was a jacket. Being on the seaside, the choice was easy – the Mermaid Lagoon Jacket was born. The body of the jacket is all sorts of sea colors, the yokes are underwater scenes with mermaids, jellyfish, trunks of doubloons and pearls, and sea creatures of any sort you can imagine. The jacket won both the Judge’s Choice and People’s choice monetary awards, and went on to win First Place at the National Quilt Association Show, Marin Needlework and Quilt Show, and many other awards. It also brought me to the attention of the Fairfield Fashion Show, and I was subsequently invited to make a Fairfield/Bernina garment four different times. Besides that, it’s comfortable, easy to wear, and washable – what could be better? So, come to class and get out all of your silk ribbons, pearls, fancy threads, beads, batiks, and fish fetishes and create your own Mermaid Lagoon Jacket!
If you have ever hit a wall where you think you have lost your mojo, your spark, or your creative magic, you will know that it sometimes takes a new medium, a new technique, or a spurt of inspiration from a completely different or unexpected source to get it going again. Fabric painting may be the springboard you need to snap you out of your creative doldrums, or to open up a whole new set of possibilities and options.
Stitch Along this week was adding borders. They needed to be irregular.... if you missed the rules, check back to last Thursday.
I had a lot of fun this week, adding some new elements to the basic design template that I drew up for the challenge. If you missed it, check back to the rules for this week.
Have you made your background yet? How about joining in this week. If you missed the rules, you still have time. Just check back and get started with Week One Rules - it's a great way to use up some scraps.
Many quilters don't know that the majority of my applique stitching is raw edge. Even just recently, when I was showing some of my applique flowers, a number of quilters asked, "is that really raw edge?". Of course, there are some secrets in my technique which reduce fraying and give the appearance that the edges are turned under.
I always love starting a new challenge, mainly because I don't know where I'm going to end up with it. Some work well, others not so well. Those that do often are the makings of a pattern or new design so if nothing else, this is a good opportunity to explore, so come on and join in. If you missed this week's rules, they are easy enough. Just check back and get started. Week One Rules...