Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - I'm in!

I've decided to join the Fall edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side blog.  We all like quilt shows, right?  This promises to be a fun and exciting show of quilts in a variety of categories.  Yey!  Quilt Show!  Then immediately I was faced with this quandary...  what category should I enter?  what quilt should I enter?  Oh the pressure! :-)
I decided to enter the Art Quilt category with Goddess of the Deep, 14" x 14"

This quilt was made for the Quilting Arts magazine annual calendar contest in 2004.  But still remains, to this day, one of my favorite pieces. 

It is made from one piece of commerical cotton in the background.  The mermaid is raw edge appliqued from commerical cottons and batik lame.  
Once the mermaid was added to the quilt and the entire piece free-motion quilted, the real fun started.  Layers of embroidered silk and tulle were hand embellished with glass beads, hand dyed ribbons, fibers, Angelina fibers and metallic threads. 
The mermaid's fin was made separately using batik lame, beaded, and then applied to the surface of the quilt.  It is actually dimensional.
Handmade beaded fringe was added around her waist.  Netting and fibers added to the movement in her hair.  
Whew!  there are  lot of beads on this quilt!

I am happy to say that this originally designed quilt was chosen to be included on the calendar for June.

Please stop by the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all the beautiful and inspirational quilts on display.  Or maybe enter a quilt yourself!  You have until October 31 to enter in 11 different categories and voting for View's Choice in each category begins November 1.  All skill levels are welcome!

See you at the quilt show!

Deb

21 comments:

  1. Yah I get to be the first to say...YOU GOT MY VOTE!!! There is just soo much I love about this quilt! It's original with such movement. No wonder it was a "calendar girl!!"

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    1. Val, thank you so much for your wonderful comments.. and thank you for your vote!!!!!

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  2. Wow!! How gorgeous this little quilt is.

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    1. Thank you so much! Please remember to vote!

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  4. Wow! I love it so much! All the beads you've sewn add so much. And the layers of fabric add such a texture to your work. My favorite part is the hair. This is definitely a piece of art!

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. It was a lot of work.. and a lot of beads!!! Please remember to vote!

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  5. This is sew pretty! I love the texture!

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    1. Yvonne, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I love this little piece. Please remember to vote for the Goddess!

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  6. She really is a beauty, Debra. The bead work is incredible. Love all the little details and different types of fabrics used. So inspirational!

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    1. Thank you, Lorna. It certainly was a labor of love - and the beading was a lot of fun! If you can, please remember to vote for Goddess of the Deep!

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  8. Gorgeous! all those beads. It is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you! It was so much fun to make. Please remember to vote for her and many other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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  9. Very lovely, all the wonderful details. I understand that it is one of your favorite pieces.

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    1. The beading took the most amount of time, as you can imagine. It was so much fun though! Please remember to vote for her and many other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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  10. So pretty! so much detail. I love the colors.

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    1. Thank you! Underwater themed quilts are my favorite. It was so much fun to make. Please remember to vote for her and many other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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  11. A completely dazzling creation and so beautifully constructed!

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    1. Lara, thank you so much! She has won several ribbons! Please remember to vote for her and many other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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