The Mask for the Houston Quilt Market begins…

Last month, my sister Lynn and I started a collaboration on this year’s River Silks’ mask for the Houston Quilt Market.  Since the Market is over Halloween, a mask is a must.  I made the base and she did the embellishing.

This is the beginning of the project.  I used a watercolor quilting technique I learned at the Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  It involves carefully placing 2″ squares of fabric on a fusible grid, then stitching the 1/2″ seams along the grid.  Then, I opened four of the seams and used ribbon to stitch eye holes.  I thought they were a little scary looking, so they came out.

The quilted fabric was pretty thick, so I trimmed the seams pretty close with a rotary cutter.  Now, the fabric was flexible enough to curve around the mask form.  Then, I embroidered with 4mm River Silks ribbon leaves and flowers along the nose and eyebrows.  This is the first time I’ve ever done embroidery with ribbon.  The ribbon went through the quilted fabric without a hitch, even with all the layers.

The next step was to glue the quilted fabric onto the mask form.  Then, add the three layers of trim on the jaw line- feathers, blue fuzzy with beads and a blue braid.  My part was almost done.

The last step was to add Swarovski Crystals with my Beadazzler from Creative Crystal, and finish off the top edge with a gold braid.

I mailed off the mask to my sister Lynn to finish.  Here’s a sneak peak:

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