Serenity Quilt – Jan 2011
Designed for my niece. She asked for Serenity as the theme, and turquoise to navy and shell colors. The design uses Masopust’s ghost layer technique. The fish are the base layer, with the branching coral ghosted in. The backing continues the beachy theme. If you look through the quilt from the back you see a secret message buried inside the sandwich.
I wrestled getting
this design on paper, and ended up drawing each layer on a transparency, stacking up all 3 on the scanner, and scanning them all together. In EQ6, I imported the picture and sized it, and printed it out bed size as a single block. The top is all a single layer, but constructed using needle-turn appliqué, trimming close afterwards. Hand quilted, Matilda’s Own wool blend batting.
I used all Hoffman 1895 batiks. I figured using a single line would add to the serenity idea by letting the eye flow smoothly.
I had the idea of offering a quilt to my niece & nephew about 4 years ago, as my niece went off to college. It took me another year to get around to actually making the offer, as Ali packed for her Sophmore semester in London. She responded within hours even as she packed, so I know she was enthusiastic. It’s a big project, and all hand done, so it’s taken another 18 months or so to complete it… just in time for a “graduation” present.