Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Whacked out Applique Quilt Done with my Dad and Husband in Mind, The Fisherman's Tresure

Good morning! today I am slightly off the subject of Halloween but notice I have mentioned it.  I wanted to share one of favorite quilts again, I did this large wall hanging quilt up some time ago but thought today I share it again.  I designed this quilt with no patterns! I cut out everything free hand straight from the fabric.  It's a fairly simple design in that there are no complicated pieces to it.  That's why I love this form of quilting and I very thankful to my Aunt Carol for showing me this!
Anyway back to the quilt, I designed with the fisherman in mind its mostly fantasy! what fisherman does not dream about meeting up a lovely mermaid?  The story is first about the fisherman catching that fish tale story to brag to all his friends(ever notice how big those fish stories get? or about the one that got away?)
The first square is all the mermaids sunbathing and watching over the treasure.  In the second one you see one mermaid hiding as all the others were scared off and the fisherman in a casting mess! I used all kinds of fabrics for this corduroy, flannel, cottons, other crafting fabrics, thread, buttons just about anything and everything I could find to put in this quilt.  I did the sewing on a machine but used the footer up so that I could get the tangled mess in the fishing line.
In the second half of the story the fisherman finds himself in big trouble by hooking the wrong kind of fish! which is not a fish! and you see what I designed? an octopus. Notice the mermaid in the back round and the whale, you guessed right they rescue the silly fisherman from the nasty octopus and the mermaids give the poor fisherman the treasure!
I use lots a various stitch designs and backed the quilt with quilting batting and a rayon fabric that I found in a second hand store.  I have been thinking about adding it to my store but part of me wants to hand onto it for my grand children to have and remember me by.  Thank you for letting me share one of many favorite quilts with all of you, quilting can be so much fun by just sitting and letting the story come to life as you begin to cut out each piece to make a whack out applique quilt.  You all have a great day!  

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