I took this photo of mullet swimming near the wharf back in April. How could I not try and make a quilt from it?
I also knew I had the perfect piece of hand dyed silk organza to work with.
Behind the organza is hand dyed muslin (not quilters muslin, but a very loose woven cotton that might be called cheesecloth in other countries, but I've always called it muslin), and then a white cotton quilting weight fabric as a base.
The freezer paper fish are templates that I use to cut out fish from cotton or organza fabrics. Then I can place them in the layers to give the feeling of depth and fuse them in place with mistyfuse.
This silk organza fish is on top, but the transparency of the silk can be deceiving, just like water.
And then I've added borders of these two hand dyed cottons. I wanted a link to the industrialness of the wharf that surrounds us, while showing a glimpse of the secret animal lives going on just under the surface.
And now to quilt it.