A year ago in June, 2019, twins were born, Fin and Piper, our great grandchildren. Fin was to spend only a few months with his earthly family, His mom Meaghan, and I collaborated to bring you this row in Fin’s memory. We are ocean folks, and we love the sea. We hope you will find something in Fins Garden that you will enjoy in your quilting journey.
The row is 12 inches by 30 inches, but it could be made different sizes with various sea creatures playing and growing in your garden. We chose both the sea bottom and the water from Northcott’s lines. The appliquéd additions are scraps from my stash of batiks. Steam a Seam 2 lite was used to fuse the pieces to the background, and embroidery floss adds some texture and definition where appropriate. I decided that raw edge applique would be my choice for stitching down the appliques. In some cases, after the creature is fused, I’ll hold off any stitching until the entire row is finished, and we’ll do some overall stitching on the row for stability. I’m just starting my test row, so if there are any changes I’ll record them on my blog, lynnsbeauty.blogspot.com
The row is finished, and I love it. It was a challenge, yes, but more important, it was fun, and it makes me smile each time I look at it. In the final count, I moved some pieces around, increased the number of some, and left some of the seagrasses without adornment as it pleased my eye. I am ever so happy to share this row with you.
Dione Gardner-Stephen at https://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog/ introduced me to adding a layer of batting under an appliqued item that I wanted to stand out a bit. I used this technique often in this row. Then when the quilt sandwich is created, you will have a little added dimension to those spots.
I live at my cottage on the Northumberland Strait from May until November, and this year, challenges related to the Covid pandemic, have resulted in no internet for me at most times. This endeavour is a great challenge for me, my first ever design that is not a simple pieced quilt . I’m learning so much, both about creating the patterns, and about myself ,and my ability to adjust and learn. Great thanks go to my grandson for his invaluable help as I moved through the myriad of necessary learning for the project.
My thanks as well to Marian Pena for the multitude of events she hosts, and for her ongoing support to someone like me who is unsure how to navigate this world.
The pattern for Fin's Garden is available here!