The Little Mermaid

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 http://www.ifimages.com

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