Thursday, 27 January 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop

The "Polar Bear Plunge" blog hop, is hosted by Joan of MooseStash Quilting. We are to use bears, blue, or anything cold or chilly in our projects.

Living not far from Port Dover, I know what a 'Polar Bear Plunge' is. However, that doesn't mean I will be doing anything like that. I like being warm and cozy too much, to run into the icy cold waters of Lake Erie!

Who doesn't like polar bears though? That is the direction I took with this project.

threads I used for stitching down the applique

While doing a little cleaning I found a box of 100 wt Invisafil thread. I like how the thread blended into the applique and didn't take away from it. 

auditioning Aurifil thread for fmqing

I added a few little trees and of course my polar bear. I wish now that I would have used a different fabric to make him from, as I don't think he shows up as well as he could. I used the Crafted Applique method, by Lara for all the applique on this project.

some thread painting on the trees and bushes around the water

I free motion quilted swirls in the sky using Aurifil 4663 a variegated blue, 5007 for the water. For the trees, I used 2026 chalk, 5023 medium green, and the bushes were done with 5010 tan.  

I named this piece 'Serenity', the definition of serenity is being calm and peaceful, and that is what I feel when I look at this piece.

Take a little time and enjoy a cuppa tea as you check out what my fellow blogger's interpretation of a polar bear plunge is.

26 comments :

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your art piece is serene and beautiful! Great job.

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Beautiful work. The quilting is wonderful, and I love how it gives so much movement to the quilt.

Connie W. said...

Lovely! Your piece fits its name well. Thank you for sharing your process.
Connie

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

"Serenity Now"! I couldn't resist, lol! Have to be a fan of Seinfeld to understand that. Anyhow, your quilt is just beautiful and I love the colors of it.

Carol S. said...

This definitely has a serenity feeling and I actually love the polar bear blending into the snow. I love all the quilting you did to make it into a beautiful piece of art. It is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Wow! This is such a beautiful quilt! It definitely lives up to it's name of Serenity!! Calm and peaceful! Thanks for sharing. And I love that the polar bear blends into it's environment. Perfect!

Karrin Hurd said...

What a beautiful little quilt! Love the beautiful quilting too!

lynn said...

When I clicked on the art piece, the polar bear is ver clear, certainly a beautiful quilt. I liked everything about it. Thanks for sharing your process with us.

Rebecca Smith said...

Your project definitely gives a feeling of peace.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

The piece definitely has a serene feeling to it. Have you ever had the opportunity to see a polar bear in nature? I assume they would blend in that well in the snow!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A piece with a lot of texture and movement. Polar Bears blend into their natural backgrounds for protection - well done.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a gorgeous Hop project, Cindy!! How did you like the Crafted Applique technique? I read the book and bought supplies, but haven't tried it yet. LOVE those wispy quilted trees, the appliqued (?) snowflakes in the sky and that swirly quilting to make them blow around in the wind!!

Canuck Quilter said...

I much prefer your version of a Polar Bear Plunge! Plunging into fabric (especially for something this pretty) is definitely superior to a freezing water plunge.

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love your polar bear snowy scene. Fabulous!

tink's mom said...

Truely a serene piece. Love your stitching it truly brings out the cold needed for this hop.

Sharon said...

I feel so peaceful when I look at your beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow what an awesome piece. Love the icy colors, and your quilting is fabulous.

LJ said...

Beautiful landscape quilt. Your choices of the fabrics and thread are perfect. I do agree that the Polar Bear would be better in a different fabric; have you thought that you could add black or dark blue to his outline and he'd show up better? Still wonderful.

Carla said...

A beautiful piece and the stitching really makes it pop.

Theresa said...

Sooo pretty. Love it.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Cindy, what a gorgeous finish. Your piece is wonderful. If you like FMQ, consider joining us on Free Motion Mavericks. We'd love to have you join the fun. I had the same issue with my polar bear and ended up putting some batting and using a very white shiny curtain fabric for him.

Carol Andrews said...

What a lovely appliqué project. Thank you for sharing. No Polar Bear Plunge for me in the mountains of B.C. Either 😉

Kathleen said...

This piece is definitely a patch of serenity. I love it!

Sandra Walker said...

As you know from Instagram, I love this piece Cindy. I am with you on the 'no thank you!' to the polar bear plunge into Lake Erie. Kingsville has one too, for dads and sons. (that bugs me, but that's another topic)

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Wow it is just stunning, and perfect for this hop! xx

Sharon L. said...

I love your little Serenity quilt. It is perfect. That is how I like to enjoy snow. LOL That is why I live in Florida. No white stuff on the ground here. It was way too cold in Florida last week. So glad we had a little warmer weather for a few days. This next week we won't get out of the 60's. Thanks for sharing.