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Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras2005
35" x 35"
Three-Dimensional trapunto mask on pieced background. Embellishments include machine embroidery, hot-fix crystals, decorative stitching, ribbon, bells, and Mardi Gras doubloons.

1st Place - 2006 State Fair of Oklahoma


The owner of Fun To Sew, my local Pfaff dealer, asked me to design a quilt for their sales booth at the 2006 Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show.  The design requirements were simple: the booth would have a Mardi Gras theme, and they needed the quilt in six weeks!

Inspiration came from Pfaff's Carnivale embroidery card. I selected four designs and stitched them out in gold metallic thread. The background used the traditional Mardi Gras colors.

I especially liked the jester embroidery design (bottom right corner) and that sparked the idea for the trapunto mask and jester cap soft sculpture.

I tried out some new techniques for this piece. The mask was done using faux trapunto with water-soluble thread and decorated with hot-fix crystals. The mask attaches to the background with hooks so it can be removed when folding, shipping, or storing the quilt.

Fun To Sew asked to display some of my other quilts in their booth, plus, the Men of Biblical Proportion exhibit was showing, so I was very excited to have four pieces on display at a quilt show that I didn't even enter!

This quilt was also displayed at the 2006 Pfaff Convention - I added more crystals to the mask before that show. When it returned from the Pfaff show, I entered it in the 2006 State Fair of Oklahoma where it won a first place ribbon.

The trapunto details are easier to see in the detail shot:

Madi Gras mask detail


- Don Lusk
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