This Art Quilt is Titled: The Side Show Marquee
Size: 16" x 24"
Made of Cotton, Wool Felt, Tulle (Behind Tattooed Lady)
To call this a Labor of Love would be an understatement! This Mini Art Quilt was made with my blood, sweat, and tears! I know that people who quilted were special and that what they created was magic, but it wasn't until I made this that I really felt it.
If you didn't read up on my other Circus themed quilt, then here is the cliff notes version. For awhile I was big into Craftster, and had signed up for a Mini Art Quilt Swap. My partner had very much darker themes than my own liking and had Side Show Circus acts as an option. I started researching and came up with the quilt top featured above. I took it uncompleted to my Quilt Guild meeting and women there said I needed to enter in the San Diego Quilt Show and not send it! And thank God they said that, because I went home and made the other quilt and mailed it, but never received anything back from my partner! Not even word she had received mine (The second one of course....). I was so thankful I kept this quilt because I literally cried, sweat, and bled making it!
Today is the day I have to turn it in for the Quilt Show this weekend.... So if you find yourself in San Diego this Friday or Saturday please come check it out! I'm entry #119!
This is what it looked like up until about 10:30pm last night! Yes, I love to procrastinate! It's really a very bad habit! But the idea of figuring out how to make a three-dimensional circus tent was scaring me.
I knew what I wanted it to look like in my head, but getting it out and onto that quilt was another story!
So I actually made the base of the tent first. I cut the middle red rectangle down the center to make the flaps and attached a piece of black felt to the back. So that was made on Friday.... Then I let pretty much 2 days go by before I started work on the top... the most important part!
So last night as were heading out to take the puppy for a walk I cut and used interfacing to keep the top triangles together...
But of course, just interfacing alone would have been too easy of a fix... so I then whip stitched the triangles together... There is black felt behind it all and I made the top and bottom separate pieces so I left a small opening to stuff and well this is what came...
It's not just as I imagined but hey THAT came out of my head with NO pattern! I was just pretty proud of that alone!
Now it's about 2am... And I didn't like all the black on the sides so I hop on the computer, find a font and am cutting felt by 2:30am!!!
I finally forced myself to go to bed around 3am this morning, and figured at least I'd get a good 3 hours in before our daughter came walking in our room, but no... today she came in at about 5am.... And that is how my day started!
I finished it completely around 10:30am and have gone over it with my lint roller and gotten it ready to walk out the door. I signed up to have it judged, but honestly, I don't care what they think! I know how much time and effort went into this. This was truly the first quilt I ever made (over the size of a mug rug) and I am so very proud of it!
Although, it didn't start as something I would have ever made, after those lovely women all telling me I couldn't send it away, and then not even getting anything from my supposed partner, I am so happy I made this, Circus theme and all! I learned so much about the side show acts and incorporated them into my quilt! I thank that woman now for pushing me further and only hope that she enjoys what I sent to her.
I had never worked with printing on fabric before and it turned out so well... Just can't get it wet!
Here is the detail to the felt characters. I stuffed them in areas to accent her bust and hair and his muscles.
Here they are full sized in all their glory! I have plans to try a little hand quilting around them. It's hard to get a photo showing there is a tulle spotlight behind the Tattooed Lady. It is a very faint yellow in the picture...
I close with the label I made for the back. I dipped the fabric in coffee before embroidering it to give it a bit of a rustic feel! After the Quilt show I will add that information to the top. (Such as the entry number, and the judging information)
Thank you so being so patient as I took literally months to complete this... always saying I was "almost done." Well now I am!!! I am so proud of the time and effort and hope that what I make in the future will be just as wonderful as an idea, but maybe a little more quality quilting as this piece!
I am off to load us up in the car and head out to drop it off with my head held high and a smile on my face! I hope I brought one to yours!