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    Seahorse Collage Quilt

    Finally finished my Laura Heine Elba seahorse collage quilt. If you enlargen the photo you should be able to spot some sea creatures hidden in his body. This quilt was very far outside my comfort zone. It was an interesting experience and I "may" do another collage quilt somewhere down the line if I ever need to challenge myself again.

    I've never named my quilts but have decided this one is called "Indecision".

    1) Seahorse colors. I had no idea what I wanted to do other than the fact that I wanted him to be cheerful and bright. He went through MANY MANY color changes - especially that lower fin/wing. When I collected fabrics I picked up pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, blues, greens, teals. PLENTY of variety to do another collage quilt of some sort.

    2) His eye - I must have auditioned 50 flowers for his eye. I'm not kidding. And some of those flowers I auditioned multiple times. I think this one works well and I like the play of the white and black eye off the black and white spine.

    3) Background.
    • When I first started collecting fabric for this seahorse I purchased some fun fish fabric that I adored and wanted to use as the background. As soon as he was finished and I layered him on top of the fish fabric I knew it was not meant to be. Too distracting and I spent way too much time on this seahorse for him not to be the star of the quilt.

    • Bought another background fabric that I thought would be "perfect" when I saw it in the quilt shop. More subdued with some sparkly stuff that could be cool to represent water. Nope - too blah and sucked the pizazz out of the seahorse. Set fabric aside for a different project.

    • I want to get this DONE. Poked around in my stash and found the ombre fabric. It's a little too pinkish and bright in the photo but in person looks great. Why didn't I poke around in my stash BEFORE I bought 2 yards of other fabric. Sigh.



    4) Borders.
    I love that fish fabric - I'll use it to make borders even though I generally don't do borders. Sewed on 4" borders. Hmm...too wide. Trim borders down to 2.5" wide. Hmm...trying too hard to force fish fabric to work with seahorse. Took borders off.



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    #2
    Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

    That is so cool!! I love the thought process you gave us. Makes me want to try one!
    🌺 Lorie

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      #3
      Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

      This came out beautiful . I downloaded it so I could enlarge it more. I just love the little octopus in the tail and all the little fishes in the rest of the body. Great job!!! What was the finished size?

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        #4
        Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

        This is really neat! I love the way it turned out - you made the right decision about the border. Thanks for sharing your thought process with us. I can so relate to that!
        Cindy

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          #5
          Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

          I can see that you did a lot of fussing around on this one but in the end all your choices just worked out Great! I love that little octupus in there, and the black bubbles for the spine is perfect. Also you have a good eye for an eye, your daisy button looks like it was meant to be. Do you have any idea how long it took to make?? I love it when someone posts something that I would never think of making.

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            #6
            Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

            Love all the sea life incorporated into the body. Love it.
            Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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              #7
              Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

              I would love to know what scissors you used!
              🌺 Lorie

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                #8
                Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                I also downloaded to look at closer, absolutely beautiful. I love reading your way of putting it together. This is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing.

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                  #9
                  Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                  this is absolutely fan-f!!!!!ing -tastic!

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                    #10
                    Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                    Oh this turned out lovely! Love those bright colors!
                    Blogging ahead.....research in quilting and sewing with a dab of cooking/recipes too.

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                      #11
                      Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                      Wow, that's a piece of art!

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                        #12
                        Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                        I love it! Beautiful fabric choices- a work of art.
                        Ellen =^..^=

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                          #13
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                          Thanks everyone !


                          Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                          I would love to know what scissors you used!
                          For all of the fine cutting I used Olfa 5" precision applique scissors.

                          Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
                          ... Do you have any idea how long it took to make??...
                          Well it was laid out on my kitchen table since the beginning of June. I have no idea how long it took and I don't think I want to know. I took each working session in small increments: 1 or 2 hours at a time. Much more time than that and I felt overwhelmed and doomed to never "get it right". It actually was a great project for those nights after work where I did not want to sit in front of the TV but also did not have the brain power to work on a quilting project that required concentration.
                          Last edited by lmanna; September 18, 2016, 12:09 PM.

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                            #14
                            Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                            Others have said it but it's a creative and beautiful piece of art.

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                              #15
                              Re: Seahorse Collage Quilt

                              Just gorgeous. I love the green fins and lower body, is that the fish fabric you love? I don't know but I love that fabric. And yes, the eye is perfect. It sets the cheerful tone for the seahorse.

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