Wednesday, August 13, 2008


The girls are gone, and I miss them already! But I am exhausted! It has been a whirlwind 3 weeks...two sets of kids and grand kids visiting with surgery in between. I don't think I would recommend that kind of schedule.....but I certainly did enjoy every second of all my visitors.

Today, however it is back to work....sort of, and slowly. I have a second textures class coming up to teach and need to get this class sample done. The background you saw when I made it in an earlier post. The other "fabrics" you saw in the post just the other day. Now you can see them being put together. This project, as my other textures project is appliqued and quilted in one step. I thought I'd show you step by step as I pin them on the background so you can see all the layers.

These are the cave and rock formations. I draw them on freezer paper and iron them to the fabric...or in this case, the batting. All cut here and ready to go.
Placed on the background.

Harry was helping me pin them in place.

Next is the sea fan. the branches will be added later.

And the turtle body....which is batting.

and my helper again.....

And the turtle shell and shell skirt. The detail will be added later. All the shell parts are soft structure tyvek.

Some coral formations...also tyvek, but these are hard structure tyvek.

And the cap of a jellyfish...this is felted wool.

The inside of the is Angelina fibers, fused into a sheet then cut in the desired shape.

And the second layer of the is textiva (Angelina) film. (sometimes called Fantasy film)

And the tentacles added...they too are Angelina fibers.

Here the seaweed has been added. They are batting, and will be further embellished with yarns later in the process.

And finally the fish are added. These are from a fish print fabric, fused to a moda marble and fussy cut.

The branches of the sea fan are metallic chenille sticks. They will be couched on later.

There are lots of other details to be added after the basic quilting is done, but this gives you an idea of what it will look like.

The backing is loaded, and I'll load the batting and top in the morning. This puppy should be
quilted by noon. Then, I'll finish the couching (I do it on the longarm), add the final
dimensional elements and some crystals, and it's done except for finishing the edge.

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to bind it or face it. Right now I'm leaning towards
facing it. We'll see how I feel when it's done.

Have a great night!


  1. Wow. That's incredible. What a great sample. I love the turtle.

  2. You know, you COULD teach this as an online class........

  3. Wow, that is absolutely amazing!!!

  4. So you're just going to stitch it all down on the longarm? I keep thinking I'm going to do some applique on the longarm.

  5. WOW!!!!! Mom that looks great, now I see! I am amazed. I love the almost finished product!

  6. Deb....I really enjoyed seeing all the steps of this quilt top going together. It is going to be an awesome quilt. I also think your helper is quite handsome. Do you fuse your pieces down or do you just stitch them down as you are quilting?

  7. Wow! That was facinating! I love seeing how it was done.

  8. deb that is just awesome .. ever knew you could do that with batting .. WOW .. hmmm .. soft textured and hard textured ..

    i'm not able to get my head around that one for some reason .. they look the same :S


  9. I agree with Vicki and I would sign up too. :)

    Can't wait to see it finished. :)


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