The first two blocks in this collage quilt were made at a workshop (Mid-Atlantic quilt festival – Feb. 2015) with Linda Schmidt (Life’s a Beach class) – the wave and the sandy beach blocks. It is amazing how well the shells stayed on the fabric with fabric glue. I did have to pull off a few shells when I added the binding but I glued the shells back on when the binding was complete. A year later I decided to make more SeaLife quilt blocks to create a collage quilt similar to my Bird collage quilt (All about Birds). You can read about the other blocks in earlier posts on the blog. I really enjoy making collage quilts. It is fun to make random blocks of different sizes and experiment with new techniques. Then the challenge is to fit the blocks together and fill in the holes with new blocks to complete the quilt. I used lots of different techniques on the SeaLife collage quilt.
The final 2 blocks added to the quilt were the seahorse block and the filler water block with the 5 orange fish. To make the fish, I added Pellon 950f to the back of an orange fabric to stabilize the fabric for free motion quilting. Then using black thread I made the outline of the fish and added details to the fish. I cut the fish out and glued them on the quilt and then stitched them on using a triple stitch and black thread.
I bought the seahorse square (about 12″ square) from a vendor at a quilt show earlier this year. I added a border around the seahorse square so that it would fit on the final row of the quilt. Then I used free motion stitching to quilt the block.
I am very excited that this collage quilt is finally done. It took some time to figure out what to add to the quilt and how to put the rows together with the quilt as you go technique. My next collage quilt will be travel inspired. I already have some small quilt blocks that I can use for this next quilt. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna