Sneaky peek……Something fishy is going on around here!

Happy weekend everyone πŸ™‚ I hope you have all been having a crafty time like me!

Yesterday, I worked all day on my top secret project which will be ongoing for some time yet.

Today, I started work on my Under The Sea quilty, embroidery, collage picture.

I decided to make the background first and then secured the fishes with Bondaweb. That took quite a bit of planning as I wasn’t sure about the placement and I haven’t used Bondaweb before. Then I made all the other creatures and laid them on without sticking until I was happy with the composition. That wasn’t as successful as it sounds because the pieces with the Bondaweb on the back curled up. However, it was good enough to help me make decisions. You will see that a few things have changed position from my original sketch here. I’ve also added some extra bits ‘n’ bobs for balance.

I did take photographs of all of my progress…….without the memory card in the camera. Grrrr! I even took a picture of the mess I’d made from all of the cutting and sticking. Unfortunately, you will just have to imagine those stages.

Anyway, the basics are in place. Now I can embellish, quilt and embroider to make it all come to life. My daughter gave me a box of beads a few months ago and some of them are going to make wonderful eyes for the crabs. I couldn’t resist placing a couple of them on the collage and having a little giggle. They look very cute πŸ˜€

Sew far, sew good πŸ™‚


The colours in real life are actually a lot more intense. The photo was taken in room with very poor light.

Must go and see what all of my bloggy pals have been up to now.

Avis x

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  1. claire93

     /  November 11, 2012

    looking good and I really like the crabs & jelly fish

  2. Oooo looking good. Sometimes I cheat and use a tiny bit of Pritt stick to hold fabric in place until its sewed on!! There may be a reason why I shouldn’t… but I haven’t discovered it yet!!

    • For the fiddly bits I used spray baste and got it all over my hand. It isn’t easy to wash off. I’ll remember the Pritt stick trick in future. Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  3. It is B E A U T I F U L! Thank you for sharing. Best, Mtetar

  4. Looooking good missus. I can’t wait to see this project with a few stitches in it. X

  5. witchylin

     /  November 12, 2012

    It is looking fabulous Avis, the layout is brilliant. Beads will really make it. Once it is quilted I think it will be one for an exhibition. Sew different! πŸ™‚

    • Ha-ha! We’ll see πŸ™‚ I keep changing my mind how to stitch it but I’ll definitely be using spray baste to make the sandwich. It works a treat πŸ˜€ Avis x

  6. Avis, that’s going to be fantastic! I like your modern style! Enjoy your fun project and have a great week! x Teje

    • Yes, this is completely out of my comfort zone. It was like going back to Primary School with all of the cutting and sticking yesterday, not to mention the mess πŸ˜‰ Happy stitching! Avis x

      • That sounds fun! I haven’t sewn some days now – only computer work. I hope to stay in my attic all Wednesday and hopefully also Thursday. x Teje

        • I’ve spent the morning securing all of the pieces with invisible thread. Now I can concentrate on the pretty bits πŸ˜€ I hope you get lots of time to sew this week! Avis x

  7. Oh Avis, that is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see your embellishing! You are so clever!!!

  8. NICE!!! It is so inspiring to see your quilt being “built”. !
    Gun, Sweden

    • It has been a lot more work than I expected. It is only about 22 x 28 inches. I thought the Bondaweb and spray baste would hold while I manipulated it all….but they don’t so I had to stitch them all down. Wasted too much time on that 😦 Avis x

  9. Wow, that was quick! How do you do these things so fast?! Looking forward to seeing the next stage.

    • I usually have plenty of time to play during the day, then I work most evenings…..then I have a spell of exhaustion and don’t sew for a few days. However, look out…..I’ve just ordered yarn to start a crocheted ripple blanket πŸ™‚

  10. Avis this is going to look superb when you finish. The 3 dimensional embroidery and beadwork is going to bring it to life. I will enjoy following your progress.

  11. Lovely and creative. Looking forward to seeing it finiahed.


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