Friday, November 18, 2016

Quilted Campohhip (reverse Hippocamp) mini quilt

Quilted Campohhip, measures 10" x 9"

My newest addition to my Quilted Mythological Creature Series is this grumpy looking fish-horse!  It was inspired in part by the recipient's love of strange things and seeing various weird reversed mythological creatures (you can see an awesome collection here, including a reverse hippocamp!)

I sketched a horse rear-end and tried a couple of different fish heads.  I ended up with a bluegill fish, which ended up having a serious case of resting bitch face!  It was so fitting for this ugly creature!  I enlarged my sketch and then traced it onto some white fabric:

Campohhip: drawing, ready to quilt!

Since this was a birthday gift for Sara who also has the hippocamp quilt I made, I tried to use the same Aurifil thread colors and layering so they would look like sibling quilts.

Campohhip: outlined with Aurifil 2540, Medium Lavender.

Again I used Aurifil Marrakesh (3817) to add color and definition to this weird creature:

Campohhip: quilted scales detail.

I used two layers of batting (cotton and wool) for stability and texture.  The echo quilting is all Aurifil Creme de Menthe (4662).

Campohhip: quilted tail detail.

While making it I kept thinking of the scene in the beginning of Lilo and Stitch where they think Stitch in an abomination and decided to include this quote from the movie:

Campohhip: quote reads "As for that abomination, it is the flawed product of a deranged mind."

Here's a look at the back of the quilt:

Campohhip: quilt back.

Here are the Campohhip and the Hippocamp quilts side by side:

Check out more from my Quilted Mythological Creature Series!