Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Polar Enchantment (Art Quilt)

Around Christmas, a little polar bear wandered into my dreams.  He was the inspiration for this small (approx. 18" x 18") modern improv art quilt that debuted at our first ever Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild show.

For a long time, he and the quilt lived in my head.  I kept him a secret.  And then one day I finally had time to put my vision of a scrappy dark sky, bright star, mountainous landscape, snowy plain and calming water to work.  The quilt in its entirety is a work of improv piecing.  The polar bear is made of felt and is based on this one by Alicia Paulson.  I decked him out in a hand-embroidered crown and flannel vest accented with french knots.  He reminds me of a bear I read about in a children's book.  I think he is enchanting.

The quilt is free-motion machine-quilted for the most part, but I am so in love with Perl Cotton that I couldn't resist a few extra embellishments.


This quilt is very special to me.  So special that I decided to include one lone swimming mermaid from Heather Ross' Mendocino line.  And if you know me, you know that I don't part with (or use) that fabric lightly.  And so it has come to be that it is my official Blogger's Quilt Festival Art Quilt entry.



  1. I love all the details and little surprises in this quilt - it's so beautiful!

  2. Very cool - Love that bear and all that improv scrappiness at the bottom! Reminds me a little of The Golden Compass.