Circus in My Mind

Last summer Carla Sonheim had a free art making week for children online. I decided to do the steps myself, using fabric. First she had us look at a painting by Chagall, a carousel. Then we cut an arched shape for the background. Then we cut a horse.

Now, I deviated here. I wanted to use my fabric in whatever shapes I found it. That’s why my background is a funny shape.  And I have a box full of fabric prepared with Wonder Under on the back. I use it for fused quilts all the time, and have many scraps. So I pulled out fabric, and built a horse with minimal trimming.Then I looked at the shapes I had, and created animals to use those shapes whenever possible. I did cut some deliberate animals, but they were inspired by a scrap, most likely left over from a flower. (The shark needed only a little bit of trimming.)

They each have a stitched post on which they move. The clown is juggling my ideas. I always need a fish, to whisper secrets to me. As I work bits of music float around my brain, so they are shown. I added a bunch of flowers. At the end I was thinking of making a silk purse from a sows ear, I’m sure you’ve heard that expression. So I made sow’s ears all along the bottom edge.

My carousel is in a circus so I needed sparkly lights. So I quilted stars all over for light.

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