Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Salt and Sand Blog Hop

 Starfish or more accurately Seastars were my inspiration for my project in the Salt and Sand Blog hop, organized by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks
My starfish is hanging around in the rocks, usually, it's in my bathroom.
 
Did you know that all starfish resemble stars, the most common only have five arms, although some of them can grow up to 40 arms?  Interested in reading more fun facts about Starfish check this out.

Thread selection, not all of these made the cut

I drew out the shape of the starfish and traced it onto my fabric with a Clover Air Erasable marker. 

little bubbles
 I free motion quilted a star in the centre of the starfish radiating the bubbles out into the arms. There are some tiny bubbles in these arms, I used Aurifil #4666 40 wt variegated thread.

For the background, I used Superior Thread #4037 Twist and free motion quilted some curved lines trying to give the effect of underwater mountains. I added a few delicate water plants using Aurifil #3817 40 wt. I wanted the starfish to be more pronounced and the background to stay in the back, I think I accomplished that.  The piece is 10'' by 9 1/2'' and I used my favourite batting  Hobbs 80/20.

Want to see what fun my fellow bloggers are having in the salt and sand?

31 comments :

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Hey, that is very cool quilting! Neat design. I too have a starfish hanging out in my bathroom on a pile of other seashells. Shouldn't everyone?

Danice G said...

Cute starfish. They do look good in bathroom decor.

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Your quilting is great. I too, have a sea star hanging out in my girls bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Beautiful!

MrsV said...

Great background fabric, and the contrast between the starfish and the background is perfect. Incredible work on the tiny bubbles.

Carol S. said...

Such a beautiful starfish! Your quilting is amazing and really highlighted everything about it. Thank you for sharing!

For the love of geese said...

I love the your quilting in this.

Annie said...

It shows that you’ve accomplished everything you set out for in this starfish art quilt. Well done. Even before reading I was admiring how the background looked just like water moving slowly well below the surface. Your quilting on the starfish gives it a wonderful life-like texture. So many tiny bubbles you stitched! The center starfish are a nice added detail.

Sharon said...

What a fun art quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dix in Canada said...

Creative starfish, cool! Thanks for sharing your creativity. Some day I would love to find one of these on some beach ...

Carol Andrews said...

Cute starfish. Love the pretty fabrics

Susan said...

Great design and colors. There used to be, maybe still is, a starfish collection in a sort of round cement pool at Sea World San Diego. It was one of our favorite stops, to sit on the edge and watch all of the colorful sea stars moving over each other. Some had more arms, but I never saw any with 40. I'd like to see that.

Karrin Hurd said...

Great starfish and quilting! Thanks so much for sharing!

Quilting Gail said...

Love the starfish!!! Thats a lot of bubbles in there!

Leah said...

Great quilting! Love all those bubbles.

Carol said...

Love this! What a clever idea--and you completed it perfectly!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! Incredible quilting, Cindy!!

LJ said...

A starfish is perfect for this hop. Great idea. I always thought they always had 5 arms; interesting that some have more.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love seastars, too! Your stitching is amazing - great design!

Carla said...

40 arms? That is crazy, but yes, the 5 arm kind is all I've seen. Love your stitching. This is such a great project.

beaquilter said...

that's so creative!!

Calicojoan said...

Absolutely gorgeous and what a interesting lesson on Sea Stars

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Well done. Your quilting is amazing.

Sandra Walker said...

This is a beauty Cindy! I love the effect of the variegated thread, and the background treatment is perfect.

Karen's Korner said...

Love your gorgeous starfish.

Kathleen said...

I am a little late getting to all the bloggers, but I truly love starfish and your version is fabulous!

tink's mom said...

Your piece is beautiful. The details given by the quilting is amazing.

Susan said...

Fantastic starfish!

Preeti said...

40 arms??? It was a wise choice to go with the starfish with just five arms :-) This is a very handsome starfish. Love all the pebbles and the bubbles.

Lyndsey said...

I love the quilting on your adorable starfish. I like quilting pebbles or bubbles as they are such an effective pattern.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Wow, very cool! Love your quilting! xx