Monday, June 4, 2007
A Family Heirloom
It's an overcast, rainy Monday here in craftymooseland. Despite that, my mood is good & I plan to get a lot done today. Since I don't have much to say today, I thought I would talk about one of the other projects I made-not for sale, just to decorate our home.
This quilt actually hangs in our downstairs bath. It takes up one entire wall. I made it from a pattern by a quilt artist whose name escapes me at the moment--but it is with the embellishing that originality comes into play. I'll list (since we all like lists so much ! LOL!) some of the embellishments...
1)The majority of the big colorful fish are cut from fabric & appliqued on.
2)Just above dead center on the quilt you may be able to see a small sand snail shell. This is a shell that I collected while visiting my grandfather in Southern Italy back in the 70s. He lived at the top of a mountain & we took walks everyday along the roads in the hills.
3)Here & there are some smaller blown glass fish & one or two wooden ones that started out life as earrings.
4)In the top left corner is a blue glazed sand dollar which was part of a necklace given to me over 20 years ago.
5)The mermaid, left of center, I made out of polymer clay, fabric, sequins & beads.
6)Below the mermaid is a lobster toy from a Happy Meal our daughter ate as a child.
7)Moving right is seaweed I made from tulle that my mom gave me.
8)And, the coral base is a brooch and the branches a repurposed necklace that had belonged to my husband's family.
Writing this blog has made me appreciate this quilt even more. Hopefully some day, I can pass it down to our daughter.
Anyone with a family heirloom story?