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
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
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: