Meet Westley

At long last! I can reveal my entry to the Robert Kaufman Kona Challenge that the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild participated in.  Members of our guild were given Kona Bright solid charm packs from which to create a quilt. We could add any other fabric we wanted to it.  When I set out to make this quilt, I knew I wanted to do something different from all the rainbow looking quilts I had seen other guild members do, and I started thinking of the doodles that I do with my kids when we’re waiting somewhere and need to pass some time with paper and pencil. And… voila! I bring you the ocean:

At the top I embroidered a quote from The Princess Bride, which Westley says to Buttercup: “My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches”. This is pretty seminal to my marriage.

I hand-pieced the curved flag-shaped pieces to create the ocean, and then machine stitched the columns together. For the quilting, the wave shape of the water goes from really curly at the top to a gentle wave at the bottom.  I pebbled the sand at the bottom, and used a fish scale pattern on the grey border.

Here’s some of the details:

Westley - Brain Coral and Octopus
  • The brain coral I created using Texture Magic and some hotfix crystals.
  • The seaweed I created using Ultra Heat n Bond (the red package) to bond two charm squares together. I then cut out the various seaweed shapes and loosely stitched them down to the quilt top. With the UHnB, you can then go in with a curling iron or flat iron and reheat the pieces to shape them into curls or waves and they will stay permanently in that shape.
  • The octopus is slightly stuffed at the top and the legs are done using the same UHnB technique.
Westley - Silver Fish and Anemone

  • These sequin fish are my favorite bits – the sequins are stitched on by hand.
  • That little clam on the bottom has a pearl button on the inside.
  • The red anemone is hand-ruched, created from a couple shades of red in the charm pack.
Westley - Jelly Fish and Selvedge Fish
  • The jelly fish are the first things I created.  I had the idea to sandwich some buttons under iron-on vinyl to get the translucent effect jellyfish have, and then used the UHnB method to create the dimensional tentacles.
  • The Selvedge Fish were the last thing I create after looking at all these trimmed edges I had – the pinked edges of the charm pack reminded me of fish scales.

Most of my guildmates had no clue which quilt was mine (we did a guessing game at the show to match up who made which quilt).  I was flattered that a lot people thought I made the Judge’s Choice quilt, but since I’m usually not a fan of “gluing sh*t on quilts”, I apparently threw a lot of people off the scent with my entry.

9 Replies to “Meet Westley”

  1. Westley is gorgeous. Also, I’m glad to know someone else whose marriage includes conversations around the phrases, “I don’t think that means what you think it means” and “have fun storming the castle!”

    Great idea for the UHnB. Wish I had known about that when I was making my octopi for our group quilt.

  2. Wow! How very cool. I have used some of these techniques. They are fun. You did a great job on this quilt. How fun. You should be proud.

    Suggestion: a few more lines of quilting in the sky area as it is so much less dense than the rest of the quilt. It is not too late to add more.

  3. This wonderful! Thank you for sharing the techniques (I didn’t know because I usually don’t glue sh*t on quilts either!). The jellyfish are terrific and I like the Selvage Fish a lot.

  4. Wowza – still catching up here, but I had to add a comment: this quilt is fabulous!! I can’t believe how much hand piecing you did (I think we’re in the same camp on this, from what you’ve said)!

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