The Little Mermaid
A childhood favorite. Hans Christian Anderson. Denmark. A Prince. A mermaid. A Sea King. A witch. A tragic ending. A glorious entry into the Kingdom of God.
And now a quilt block.
My friend, Anita Weinraub, published Georgia Quilts and an Olympic Quilt book for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Well, edited one and published the other if I remember correctly – you get the idea. Now she’s working on another Olympic quilt project. Quilter friends we asked to make a 12″ square block to represent a country. I chose Denmark. It was available and my parent’s hosted an exchange student ages ago (yes, now she’s a sister) and she was from Denmark. Kind of a way to honor Grit.
I chose to represent Denmark by appliqueing the image of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen onto fabric.
First, I chose an image *
I printed the image as an 8×10 and outlined the shape of the rock and the mermaid on newsprint. Chose fabrics. Traced pattern onto my favorite fusible web. Grabbed some thread and a needle and began.
First she came out too small
Then I made her larger and added some blue to the bottom of the block since the statue sits in the bay in Copenhagen.
Finished my mermaid with a satin stitch and detail stitching inside the silhouette so she was identifiable and voila!
*image courtesy of www.ifimages.com