I finally finished up my entry for The 12x12 Project's Blue theme:
When I think of blue I think of the ocean and I take a deep wistful sigh. While I was in Hawaii a few years back I went snorkeling. I loved looking all the amazing fish and coral. However my heart still skips a beat when I think about almost swimming head first into a turtle. She was so beautiful and after we got over the shock of almost running into each other she seemed as curious about me as I was about her. It was a miraculous moment for me.
I created the turtle using a photograph that I printed onto tissue paper. After the tissue paper was sprayed with three layers of finishing spray, I crumpled it several times and then fused it to fabric. This along with the coral was then machine appliqued to the background. The crumpled tissue paper adds a very nice texture to the turtle.
Last week I finished up my entry for the Quilting Arts Magazine 2011 Calendar Contest. The theme this year was "Flavor of the Month."
As I pondered the theme of “Flavor of the Month” I thought of all the summer foods that I love: watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, tomatoes. Mmm. . .fresh-off-the-vine-tomatoes and crunchy lettuce on a big, fat, juicy hot-off-the-grill-cheeseburger! It makes my mouth water. (I am not responsible for any damage done to your computer as a result of your drooling)
I hand appliquéd the buns, meat, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes onto a batik fabric. Highlights were added to the buns and tomato with Paintstiks. Sesame seeds were created using perle cotton and then I quilted swirls of steam coming up off the burger as well as a few words of enjoyment onto the background. I won't find out for a month or so if it is a finalist so keep your fingers crossed!