Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SAQA Auction Donation Quilt

Last week I was in Seattle for the big annual conference for vision researchers (I'm so thrilled it wasn't in Fort Lauderdale again), and the week before that my mom and I went to the annual SAQA conference held in Santa Fe.  I have lots of rambly thoughts about that trip which are in an unfinished blog post somewhere.  I'm not sure if I'll post them here or not, but it was a great trip.

While there, I got talked into making a SAQA auction quilt.  Every year they auction off 12" x 12" art quilts to raise money for the organization.  I started with a piece of fabric left over from our sun printing project.  I shouldn't really say left over (thus implying I've completed all other associated projects), since I haven't yet done anything with the other sun printed blocks, but anyway....

This piece of fabric was actually red; my mom heard somewhere you could sunprint with setacolor (I think) so she painted it red and tried it out.  It didn't print very well, so I just mashed the piece of fabric around in our leftover sunprinting solution and layered a bunch of different negatives on top just to see what happened.

I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of the fabric before assembly, but it looked kind of cool with four layered jellyfish prints and an anemone print on a splotchy background.  I squared it up and pieced it into a spinning log cabin (anyone know the official name of that block?).  It's machine quilted and partially layered with three different kinds of tulle to give the impression of being underwater.

I love the jellyfish.  They're by far my favorite part.  I used several different colors and weights of thread and I think they turned out nicely.

Overall, not one of my favorite pieces but I hope it can raise a little bit of money for SAQA!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story!


  1. I love the coraly red. Looks great with the jelly fish!

  2. Do you quilt on your home machine or a long-arm? Your jellyfish are beautiful! I'm always a fan of your work :)