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.