The Shop Hop Quilt

Once upon a time, (actually 4 or 5 years ago) there was a Shop Hop.  And with that Shop Hop,  there was a quilt block that all the shops were to use to create a quilt.  Each shop had the same block and were free to use the block in what ever design we chose.

 

For our shop,  several of the girls worked on the quilt that Jessica had designed.  The block was constructed in various color ways and Jessica chose several  appliques from McKenna Ryan’s beautiful patterns to enhance the border.  The quilt was looking very nice.  The colors were bright and cheerful,  but the quilt  was also becoming VERY- VERY Large !  Oh, we all had good intentions.  We were planning on filling the border with tons of McKenna’s appliques but, as is always the case,  we just ran out of time.   The border was extremely wide,  and well…………it was  a little empty.   But, not to worry.   We can quilt something really fabulous to fill it up.  Right?   Wrong!!!!

Oh, no.  Now that would just be too easy!  I have to decide to go and get all creative and create hours of work for myself.   And, did I mention that it was just a few days till the opening of The Shop Hop.  Isn’t that the way it always goes.  You always get your best ideas when you’re in a crunch.    I don’t know about you, but I think I do my best work when I’m in a state of complete panick.

Now, while you are reading and looking at the pics,  (which were taken before the gift of the good camera I’m afraid,  be sure and think about the mess I made in “My Room” and all the fun I had making it.

There were quite a few appliques in the lower border,  but  just not enough to fill it up.  You can see there is a  large clam, along with fish and the sea-horse,  several  sea shells and star fish, different appliques of coral and sponge,  a few little Nemo’s and seaweed in various colors here or there.  The bottom of the quilt had the most appliques, but still it was just a little empty, and as you went up the sides of the quilt toward the top, the appliques became fewer.

It really needed a little something to connect it all together, so I put on my thinking cap  and then it hit me.  “Snippets”!  I remembered the technique called ” Snippets”.

Well, just let me tell you that the creative juices started flowing and I never looked back.  I grabbed any and all fabric scraps of anything and everything I could find.  I randomly  and with complete abandon, cut it all up into tiny little nuggets.   I threw all those pieces in a bag and went crazy adding  snips of every thread in every color I could find that would compliment the quilt.  I added metallic threads in different colors, variegated threads, solid color threads of all types and of course Ricky Tim’s Razzle Dazzle, some Halo  and anything else I could find that wasn’t already stitched to something or holding something together.  After looking at my collection  in the bag, I closed my eyes and gave it a few shakes.  I looked inside and low and behold, I had created a concoction that just might work as the ocean floor.

Now, the quilt was already loaded on the machine, wouldn’t you know it, so I just sprinkled and spread all those snippets where ever there were empty spaces, held my breath and stitched it with the longarm and some metallic thread.  I blew away the excess snippets  with compressed air, (hence the mess in “My Room” ) and continued on.

All in all,  it looked pretty good, but needed  a little height and color in places.  I cut long wavy edged strips of various lengths and colors of fabric and free form appliqued them in place with my longarm.  It still needed more, but I couldn’t quite decide what to do.

Paint!  I’m going to paint.  I had tons of paint that I had bought at a quilt show from a vendor and if I’m not mistaken, it was fabric paint.  So with paint brush in hand, and no earthly idea what I was going to do,  I started painting.  I added green sea weed with gold highlights , and random dabs of  maroon and gold metallic paint to fill in.

And then it happened.   I wanted to paint fish and sea horses  and well, I got a little carried away.  So just let me show the pictures.

Wasn’t that little puff fish applique cute?

Yep, I painted those sea horses!

Jessica wanted a fish bowl in the middle where she had applqued some adorable fish.  I had some netting, so I laid it over the fish and using my longarm, I stitched a circle.  I trimmed the excess netting close to the stitch and still using my longarm, I added a satin stitch around the edge.  Now, that took some time!   A piece of batik was added to the top and bottom in the same manner as the net.   I added different colors of stones and beads behind the net and to hold the net down, I did some wavy satin stitched lines thru all the layers.

And after all that, I finally did some quilting.

The quilt was finished the morning of the opening day of The Shop Hop, and Jessica and I had just finished hanging it when the doors opened.

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13 thoughts on “The Shop Hop Quilt

  1. What an incredible quilt and an even *more* incredible story behind it! I am simply exhausted reading about all the impromptu embellishments you did! You are so brave to stride boldly into a quilt with no real plan in mind and what a sense of immense pride you must justifiably have for a job so fantastically done 🙂

    • Oh Shelley. Thank you so much. I have to say, it was a little exhausting when it came time to clean up. I had little pieces of fabric and thread everywhere. Everybody who came in the shop loved the quilt and that made us all very proud. Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping in.

  2. Oh my goodness! That is absolutely delightful! Love the whole thing but especially the painted sea creatures. I have a question though, did you use veiling over all the snippets on the quilt or were the stitches sufficient to hold them in place reliably?

    • Hi BJ: Thanks so much for commenting. I did not use a veiling over the snippets. I lightly sprayed the area with 505 adhesive, sprinkled and stitched. I don’t know if you can tell, because the photos are not that good, but I really quilted the heck out of it. It worked great. You lose a few, but I really didn’t want any veiling.

  3. That is the most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen! I love McKenna Ryan quilts and you certainly added her whimsical realm to this one! Good job! Oh to be so creative!

    • Well, the shop hop was actually 4 or 5 years ago. The quilt is so large that it wouldn’t fit my quilt stand. I promise that the next time we display it in the shop, I will take a good pic for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

  4. I remember seeing this quilt during the Shop Hop and stood in awe of it. It was beautiful and had so many unique embellishments! I stood there and studied every section as I didn’t want to miss any of it. The colors, fabrics and bling all woked and blended so nicely. Once again Kathy you had out done yourself! I think you should display it again in the shop. I would love to see it again.

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