Blue Lagoon

15 Mar 2010
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12x12 quilt made for a challenge where the word was "Blue."  When I think of blue I think of the ocean and I take a deep wistful sigh. While I was in Hawaii a few years ago I went snorkeling. I loved looking all the amazing fish and coral. However my heart still skips a beat when I think about almost swimming head first into a turtle. She was so beautiful and after we got over the shock of almost running into each other she seemed as curious about me as I was about her. It was a miraculous moment for me.

I created the turtle using a photograph that I printed onto tissue paper. After the tissue paper was sprayed with three layers of finishing spray, I crumpled it several times and then fused it to fabric. This along with the coral was then machine appliqued to the background. The crumpled tissue paper adds a very nice texture to the turtle.

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lauraruiz wrote
on 15 Mar 2010 2:27 PM

What a neat idea using the tissue paper to print on.  The turtle truly looks underwater.  Did you run the tissue thru the printer with or without a backing like freezer paper?

Lindy101 wrote
on 15 Mar 2010 4:14 PM

You captured the magic of your moment.  Beautiful!

caren12 wrote
on 16 Mar 2010 7:57 AM

AMAZING!!!  I love seascapes and this is beautitful!


LaineeBird wrote
on 16 Mar 2010 8:56 AM

I LOVE  this quilt...!!!  Colors are so beautiful and composition is great!!!

lin-e-bee wrote
on 16 Mar 2010 2:31 PM

Fantastic !! - what a nice way to remember your trip - will have to try  printing on tissue paper.

Quilnan wrote
on 16 Mar 2010 8:05 PM

Great story, and the quilt is wonderful.

on 17 Mar 2010 11:28 AM

I had nearly the same experience a couple of years ago in Hawaii at Hanauma Bay. They're amazing creatures, and you have done a beautiful job of capturing that!

cousette wrote
on 21 Mar 2010 4:50 AM

Great work ! I like this blue harmony .