Friday, April 14, 2017

Mystical Mermaid {Finished}

Today, I'm so excited to share my FINISHED Mystical Mermaid quilt with you, as part of Island Batik's April theme of Adventurous Applique.

When last I shared, Ariel looked like this:

For the machine applique, I used Superior Threads' Fantastico in Duchess 5079 (a purple and blue variegated thread -- not an affiliate link) in a small blanket stitch around my mermaid. I will say that this is the most detailed machine applique project I have done to date -- I have done quite a bit of machine applique in other projects but I really had to slow down and adjust my piece more frequently than in the past due to all of the detail in the mermaid. I think a smaller stitch length helped maintain the level of detail, but it did take much more time. The result is beautiful, so I will say it was time well invested!

For the backing I used a batik from my stash that is mainly navy with rainbow accents. I quilted this all in one day -- the off-white section is a bubble meander, and the stripe sections are a clamshell, or really, mermaid tail scales! For the quilting, I did the off white section first, and then did the clamshell quilting from that section to each end.

I bound this with the same navy + rainbow batik as the backing and finished up the binding this week! Hello, Ariel!

This picture shows off both the clamshell quilting (which is far from perfect) and the backing. The backing is a little more "rainbow" than the main fabrics of the quilt, but the mainly dark backing is what I wanted for this quilt.

Another close up of my clamshell quilting -- I used the strip seams as my guides and marked lines perpendicular to keep my clams a consistent height.

This is the first time I get to show off a big finish since we've moved and the weather has gotten nice, so I got to explore some new quilt photography locations! This is right outside of our bedroom window.

I didn't do any quilting inside of the mermaid and did all of the rest of my quilting in white. You can see the meander quite well in this picture!


In other news, I will find out *today* if my coworker who loves Disney is having a boy or a girl! I'm obviously hoping that she has a girl. :)

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Ready, Set, Soar! by HBD Designs
Size: 39 x 50 inches (slightly longer than the original pattern)
Fabrics: Various Island Batik fabrics for quilt top, Kona Navy for Mermaid
Quilting: meander around mermaid, clamshells in striped sections
Techniques: Machine applique, fusible applique, free motion quilting


  1. Alison, that is just adorable! I especially like the strips of fabric you used to create the feeling of water. They are so pretty! Great job on your apoique, too - she looks complicated!

  2. Congratulations on ge fun finish! I know my nieces would adore this quilt. Fingers crossed your co-worker is expecting a girl. :)

  3. Great job! That is so adorable. It reminds me of the scene where Ariel swims through the "tunnel" to meet Ursula. The ocean themed fabric you used is just perfect!

  4. The clamshell quilting is perfect! What a wonderful quilt, if she isn't having a girl, you can keep it for a while :)

  5. Inventive! I have a jelly roll top that needs something added..this could be an inspiration.

  6. I love the colored thread stitching down the mermaid. It's so much fun!

  7. This is beautiful. It's going to be a lucky little one who gets this prize.

  8. Alison, what a great finish! I love the clamshell quilting om this, it reminds me of fish scales. So much great detail in this quilt. There is some lucky little girl who is going to love this!

  9. Fingers crossed your coworker has a girl too! This would be the perfect quilt! Great job! Batiks really are the perfect fabric for any sort of underwater themed quilt.

  10. Hello Alison,
    Such a beautiful quilt - a little girl's dream!
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!
    Love, Muv

  11. I can't find this pattern anywhere!! HELP!!! My Sister in Law is having a baby girl and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. You did an awesome job. Where can I find the pattern? I went to the original site and couldn't find it.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hello, the pattern is "Ready, Set, Soar" and I created my own mermaid applique template.


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