Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Two underwater quilts

These two quilts are my One Monthly Goal (OMG) project for March completed.

Reef and Pond, two underwater quilts

They started out as a pile of blue batik 2 ½” strips that Dierdre, a local quilt shop owner gave me.  She was doing a bit of searching/cleaning and found this wad of blue batik and asked me if I wanted it (knowing blue is my favourite colour), of course I wanted it.  I brought the strips home and added a few of my own thinking I would make a really big jelly roll race quilt.  They sat in the drawer until one evening I just needed to sew, no thinking or measuring or anything, just sewing.  Once I got all the strips sewn together I realized it was too big and the strips were going in the wrong direction, they were vertical instead of horizontal.  I decided to cut the whole quilt in half, they would still be about twin size.

In February I took a Silk-screening class at the AlbertaCollege of Art and Design (ACAD) and decided I wanted to screen some water creatures on these quilts as I thought they looked like bodies of water.  So on one quilt top I screened a couple of koi and a goldfish. This quilt is called Pond.

On the other I screened an Octopus, a seahorse and a couple of pieces of coral.  This quilt is called Reef.

You can see close-ups of the creatures on my beginning of the month blog post called ‘OMG for March’.  I did want them to camouflage or blend into the quilt kind of like they would in their natural habitat.

Pond has an orange accent and backing.

Reef has a green accent and backing.

Pond is quilted with the Calm Water pantograph by Anne Bright

Reef is quilted with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James.
Can you see the Clamshell, the conch, the starfish and the nautilus?

A couple of labels and these two are complete.

Surf on over to Elm Street quilts to see many other completed projects and consider joining in the fun for April.  I’m really enjoying taking part in One Monthly Goal party, such satisfaction in finishing some of my many UFO’s (UnFinished Objects).

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau


  1. These are great quilts. Although the jelly roll quilts are fun and fast unless the fabric is just right they aren't very artistic. You have succeed in making two very interesting quilts. I love the colors. Great job getting your OMG finished!

  2. Edith - these quilts are amazing!!! They are a true reflection of your creativity and talents - I love the silk screening application, too!

  3. These look very pretty. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts and congrats on your finish.

  4. Your quilts turned out so wonderful! You did such a great job of jazzing up those jelly roll race quilts and turned them into something special.

  5. What fun! They look wonderful.