April 4, 2013

Message In A Bottle Crazy Quilt Pieces

What is it like to receive photos upon photos of some of the best crazy quilting right in your inbox several days in a row?  Totally awesome!  As each email came in, it left me waiting with anticipation for the next set of photos to come in for the Message In A Bottle Challenge that I have played hostess with the mostest.  And now I get to share  all of the photos with you!

We had 2 categories, Advanced and Beginners.  I will share photos of the beginner category with you first.  These ladies may call themselves beginners, but they are naturally talented stitchers!  I hope to see them continue creating beautiful crazy quilt pieces so we can all be inspired by their work!

Without further adieu.. I bring to you some of the best crazy quilting you will find...

Gloria Mitzelfeld
Best Rendition of Theme (Beginner)

Sri Budhiarti
1st Runner-Up



Angela Turner
2nd Runner-Up

 Marjolein Mieras
3rd Runner-Up (Experienced)

 Marilyn Nepper 
2nd Runner-Up (Experienced)

 Nicki Seavey
1st Runner-Up (Experienced)

Mermaid Undersea Fantasy

Vivienne Garforth
Best Rendition of Theme (Experienced)

Vivienne sent me a word document with the story that follows her piece and I would love to share that with you all through her photos.

 The book folded up, tied with a bow and inserted in the box.

 The six pages of the book opened, concertina style.     


 Page One:
The bottle is thrown from a sailing ship by a sailor who is afraid that the approaching storm may sink his ship. There is a fine gold dotted line which charts the progress of the bottle as it travels through the pages. Each of the white felt sails of the ship were blanket stitched in place individually before I stitched the masts and rigging.

Page Two:
Before it reaches the surface, the bottle travels over the top of a coral reef.

Page Three:
As it travels the world for a hundred years, the bottle gets caught up in swirling currents.

Page Four:
And eventually is carried by a huge surf towards the shore.

Page Five:
Until it arrives on a beach.  A beach polluted with dead sea animals – a turtle trapped in rope, a duck with an elastic band around its neck, fish caught in a piece of net, a rubber shoe, bottles and a tin can, plastic, beaded oil slick......all thrown into the ocean by mankind. The bottle lies on the beach until eventually people arrive who understand the problem and set about cleaning up the oceans, the beaches and educating the general public to treat our planet with respect again.....the message, a simple S.O.S. is no longer relevant to an anxious sailer who we have to presume got home safely, it is for our Planet Earth.

Page Six:
Finally, we see a pristine clean beach with dolphins playing in the ocean, butterflies in the air above fresh sea grasses in bright sunshine.  Two surfers have left their boards propped in the sand while they take a break and the surfboards tell the story.


BRAVO ladies!!  A job well done!!


Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

These are all amazing! What imagination!
Maybe I will be ready for the next challenge :)

kathyinozarks said...

awesome eye candy-thank you for sharing

Wendy said...

Very lovely work by each lady. Each should be very proud of their accomplishment and enjoy their win! But I do have to say that the book is my absolute favorite! What an inspiring story for the theme you had given them. Each block is a work of art in its own. These ladies should be very pleased with the results of the challenge.

Createology said...

My Oh My! Such beautiful CQ work. Congratulations to each and everyone. Blissful Stitching...

Linda C said...

Wowie! These are absolutely amazing. Such beautiful, beautiful renditions by all the participants.

Patrice said...

Wow! Crazy quilts are my favorite.

Kathi said...

Very nice work ladies!

Bear said...

Congratulations to all such beautiful crazy quilting,

katiemedarlin said...

Amazing and stunning work. The mind of a crazy quilter is a wondrous thing to behold, is it not?

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

amazing handiwork; thank you for sharing these wonders with us, Thearica.

NickiLee said...

Congratulations to all the ladies for their entries. I had a blast working on my entry and really enjoyed the challenge - looking forward to the next one! I really loved the message that Viv's book told and how she depicted it with all the elements you gave us to use.

NickiLee said...

Oops - forgot to mention before - I LOVE you new header!!!!