The main thing I was keeping as a surprise was that as well as the Totally Awesome Shark's nemesis the Creepy Spider, I also added his little crab and fish friends.
These guys were hand drawn on, and I quilted the outline in big, sketchy black lines to enhance the illustrated feel (which was loads of scribbly fun, by the way :D ), and then I painted them. I didn't have any proper fabric paint though so they're a bit...crispy, but I expected that and thought it would be okay as they're really quite small.
|Those tentacles bug me. I wish I'd had a more blendy thread so they weren't shouting at me every time I look at the quilt. :P|
|On the back, the fish looks like it's about to be chomped on by a shark. D:|
|I copied this guy from a page in the book where he was upside down. Oops!|
|I just realised I think I forgot to get the lint brush out and get rid of all that fluff!|
|Throwing some Batman fabric in there was fun.|
|I hand quilted a treasure map line on the pirate fabric with 'X' marking the spots for treasure.|
|You can't really see it unless you're right up close but I painted the top fabric with a white Pentel fabric crayon in a cloud pattern for some added dimension.|
I wanted the top to be super soft for snuggling so for the sky I needed a large, allover design. This is the only design on the quilt I didn't make up as I went along. I was kind of stuck on how to differentiate the sky because all the cloud and wind designs I was coming up with looked too swirly and similar to the ocean's quilting designs. So I began looking through some eBooks on quilting I'd forgotten I bought and found this awesome bird and cloud design in Laura Lee Fritz's 'Mindful Meandering'. Of course, I ended up changing it up slightly but it's still pretty much her design.
As you know, this quilt would have been my entry for the first round of 'Sewvivor' had I made it in, but it's one of those things that made me glad I didn't make the cut because I wouldn't have had the time to add all the little details I'd planned on. It all worked out for the best. :)
I really loved making this quilt and I'm so happy it went to a home where it's appreciated. The mother of the boy it was for sent me pictures of him playing with the Shark, and giving a thumbs up sign. :D
More details on the making of this quilt can be found here, here, and here. :)