Monday, June 21, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop, Day 2, My Day


Today is day 2 of the Fairy Tales Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous  Joan @ Moosestash Quilting.   whom I would like to thank for this great hop!  This is the fantastic line-up of bloggers participating.    The total list of all participants is below.  

I was at a loss for awhile thinking about what Fairy Tale I wanted to portray.  In talking with Susan Nixon @Desertsky Quilting she said "of course you will do The Little Mermaid".  

Since I am a landlocked mermaid myself, it sounded like the perfect plan!   The Little Mermaid was by Hans Christian Andersen and the full story is here.  

I decided to make a cushion for my sister-in-law Char who also loves mermaids and lighthouses just as I do.  Her birthday is coming up.   I was going to put some fancy edging around it, but her two cats would probably make a mess of it.  One of them has take over the crochet mermaid blanket I made her several years ago.  

My first idea was to use my embroidery machine and embroider the little mermaid, namely Ariel from the Disney version.  I started out, and then had to stop about the 5th color, and was not able to pick it back up when I came back the next day.

So I started over, and this time my embroidery machine really started messing up, and sewing over thread that had been done previously, not next to it.  So I abandoned this version too.

Finally I decided to just make my own version.  This is my mermaid gazing out the sailing ship, waiting for her true love to love her more than any other being so she can have an immortal soul.  

The back with an envelope type opening.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure and check out the other bloggers in the list below.  

Monday June 21

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

Becky’s Adventurers in Quilting and Travel


Food for Thought

 Tuesday June 22

Quilted Delights

Stitchin at Home

Karrins Crazy World

 Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Sewing Up My Fabric

Selina Quilts

Wednesday June 23

Just Let Me Quilt



Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Just Because Quilts

Domestic Felicity


Thursday June 24


That Fabric Feeling

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

Days Filled With Joy

Goofin' Off Around the Block


Friday June 25

Quilt Fabrication

My Bumbleberry Life

Songbird Designs

Words & Stitches



Leah said...

Your version turned out fantastic! Such a neat pillow!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your mermaid pillow is really lovely!

Stitchin At Home said...

I love your final version!

Pamela Arbour said...

Sometimes that just happens. You really made a darling pillow and a nice story to go along with it. I am sure your sister's cats won't be able to ruin this one.

Rebecca Smith said...

I love your mermaid, I’m sure it will mean more than the Disney one since it is your own creation

Inflorescencedesigns said...

I'm sorry you had so much trouble, but I like your mermaid the best! I love the pillow. I am currently pillow obsessed right now!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I think your mermaid is beautiful, Karrin! Such a sweet gift, too!

LJ said...

Two birds with one stone - perfect. Love the pillow you made for your SIL. You did a super job with putting it together and the quilting is inspiring.

Calicojoan said...

Embroidery machines are great when they work, but when they don't...UGGGGGH! All things happen for a reason and your cushion is the perfect example of why. This little mermaid was begging to get out of your mind and onto her own place where the world can admire her. Your sister in law is going to LOVE her! Thanks for playing in Fairy Tale land with us all.

Carol S. said...

I think your version of a mermaid is amazing. It's more of a grown-up mermaid that seems so peaceful and beautiful as she gazes out to sea. Love it and thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Sorry about your issues with your embroidery machine but thrilled with how your personally designed piece came to be and how it finished up in that wonderful pillow.

Connie W. said...

I understand the embroidery machine thing. These are amazing when they work and beyond frustrating when they don't. Your pillow is great. It's a wonderful birthday present.

Annie said...

Such a delightful cushion! The cat can sleep next to it without being tempted by a frilly edging. Good idea to forgo that plan. You’ve done a fantastic appliqué and quilting job on your design. I would be quite upset with an embroidery machine acting up like that. But when they work properly, they surely do produce some great images.

Shasta Matova said...

Your own mermaid is prettier and more creative than the Disney version.

Kathleen said...

Your mermaid is so lovely and has your own touch - a lovely thing. It must have needed to be made that way, and not with the embroidered version!

Susan said...

Karrin, I like your version so much better! Beautifully made, beautifully told story. You more than fulfilled my expectations!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I love your version of the mermaid. It's a really sweet cushion.

Carol said...

Awesome pillow! I like your mermaid much better than the embroidered one.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I'm a day late, so I am popping in to say how much I like your mermaid pillow! I love mermaids too.

I'm late, I'm late for
A very important date.
No time to say hello, good-bye,
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late
I'm late and when I wave,
I lose the time I save.
My fuzzy ears and whiskers
Took me too much time to shave.
I run and then I hop, hop, hop,
I wish that I could fly.
There's danger if I dare to
Stop and here's a reason why:
I'm over-due, I'm in a rabbit stew.
Can't even say good-bye,
Hello, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.

Carol Andrews said...

Your appliqué mermaid is so pretty. I have a thing for mermaids and alway try to make time to walk the sea wall in Vancouver to see the mermaid who lives on the rock just as we did when I was a child. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of some precious memories.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Karrin, this is absolutely darling! My granddaughter loves mermaids! She is on the swim team at the Y along with one of her brothers and we call them our little fishies!! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Karrin, your quilt is much prettier than Arial and makes a lovely pillow. Take care.

Sharon said...

Great pillow! I love how you've simplified the mermaid and left some things to the imagination. Thanks for sharing.

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

Your mermaid pillow is truly amazing! Your creativity to plan and execute such a beautiful piece is a skill I wish I had. Thanks for sharing! -Andrea

Theresa said...

Ariel is pretty design but I really like your version better. Makes a beautiful pillow.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oooh, I love your version! It's just beautiful! xx