Made some great progress on the Polar bear wall hanging at Quilt Camp this past weekend.
I worked up the background with 2 pieces of crushed velvet that have been waiting for this very moment in time!
The one said Northern Lights to me as soon as I saw it.
The other one was from a bolt of of crushed velvet that I had planned to make a dress out of -- in a previous lifetime, before I started quilting. Those days are long gone!
This came as a kit from Quilting to Pieces Quilt Company in Appleton, WI. They used a pattern by XXX, modifying it from a strange lavender Holly Bear to a much more agreeable Aurora Borealis Bear with stars in the sky. I took it a few steps further with the velvet backgrounds and the crazy quilting stitches to applique the bear down.
I also trapuntoed the bear to make it pop out more -- more of a 3-D effect. The bear is stitched to a piece of black fabric, then he has an additional layer of batting (actually -- recycled from a nice thick and puffy mattress pad).
I got so far as appliqueing the bear to the background, adding the borders, and sandwiching the batting and backing. I did use the batting layer as a stabilizer for the velvet. So the velvet is quilted to the batting before the bear was added on top. I still need to go through all 3 layers now to finish quilting it properly. Then the binding, label, and hanging pocket for the final finish. The end is in sight!