Throwback Thursday: Laurel Burch Ocean Songs

Kathleen- Ocean Songs Mermaid Panel

Last week when former Clothworks employee Kathleen, stopped by the Works, she revealed another project that was almost ready for completion.  The quilting was too gorgeous to not take any pictures!!  And since this is a past Clothworks release of a Laurel Burch Design, I figured it was time to wax nostalgic about it!

The picture shown above is the panel print in the Ocean Songs line released by Clothworks many years ago.  Being the fabric enthusiast that she is, Kathleen stashed away a few panels of this magnificent mermaid design and used them to piece this quilt which will be shipped off to her niece, Tamara (lucky girl!).

I tried to capture the brilliance of this mini-quilt with my camera, but I’m afraid the pics are not as impressive as in person.  The quilting was done by Judy Irish of Wild Irish Rows Quilting.  Her free form stitching was just stunning– she followed the lines of Laurel Burch’s designs, as well as created her own stitched designs in this quilt to add another dimension.  Every time I peered up close on the quilt, I spotted another beautifully stitched design that was almost ‘hidden’ in the quilting.  Can you spot the ‘to:’ and ‘from:’ embroideries below?  Kathleen is fondly known as ‘Tia Catalina’ to her niece, Tamara.

Embroidery Collage

Like many popular Laurel Burch designs, Clothworks will often revisit and update the design.   If you didn’t purchase fabric from Ocean Songs during the first go-round, Clothworks released an update called Sea Spirits, just a few months ago last autumn.  Many of the original Laurel Burch ‘basics’ that coordinate with Ocean Songs were also brought back to coordinate with the new release of Sea Spirits, as well– the bubbleswaves, and swirls prints.   Be sure to check with your favorite fabric stockist to purchase.

Below is the full view of Kathleen’s quilt.  Pardon me for the ‘angled’ picture, but it’s still fun to look at and hopefully it may inspire you.  At the very least, perhaps it will put you in a cheerfully sentimental mood!

Mermaid Quilt in full

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