Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Message in a Bottle Contest - 2nd Place!

Here it is a month later and I finally have some time to sit and catch up on all my Blog reading and even post some pictures.  By now you'd think we'd all be enjoying some beautiful spring time weather but Noooooo old man winter still is hanging on - temps today were in the low 40's which wasn't quite warm enough to start melting the snow.

I've been quite busy over the past month.  Rob's mother is now safely moved into an Assisted Living facility and now we are left with trying to clean out the condo and get it ready to sell.  Not too busy though...found time to work on an entry for   Thearica's  "Message in a Bottle" Crazy Quilt Contest.  The perfect theme for me as ya'll know how I love anything that is related to the ocean and the color blue.  I've decided my entry will be called "Mermaid's Fantasy Land"

Each person who entered the Contest purchased a ready made kit which consisted of fabrics, silk ribbon, thread, beads, lace, charms and of course, a little glass bottle with a cork (message in a bottle) ... all of which needed to be incorporated into your choice of design.  If you look closely you will see that I fused some of the fabric and made seaweed and fish out of it.  Also cut apart some of the fabric to use the turquoise sequin trim and lace for some of the ocean and even dyed some of the silk ribbon for some bright colored seaweed.  I estimate that I spent approximately 80-90 hours just in all the hand sewing not to mention putting the block together and the time I spent taking things apart that just didn't fit.  All in all... love it!

UPDATE!  I was just notified that I took 2nd Place with my "Mermaid's Fantasy Land" - $50 Gift  Certificate to Thearica's shop and a 2013 Pat Winter CQ Calendar - doing the happy dance!!!  To see all the entries ,please check out Thearica's post:  Message in a Bottle Contest Winners  Next time Thearica has a challenge - jump in - so much fun!

Mermaid's Fantasy Land


  1. a wonderful message in a bottle contest piece, so much to see and admire here, have been following Marjolein who has also taken up the challenge

  2. Your 80-90 hours translated into an absolute beauty! It is just amazing Nicki!

  3. really great, one of your best underwater scenes yet, I think!

  4. I love it, NickiLee! So much to see on your entry, and it's beautiful. I really love the sea weed behind the purple shell.(?) I wanted to participate in this challenge, but, life happened.(Looking at all the wonderful results, maybe it's just as well I didn't....lol)

  5. Your piece is fantastic as ever! I always love your work!

    I was thrilled with this first challenge and will have another one soon! :)

  6. An underwater fantasy. Wonderful Nicki Lee.

  7. wow- fantastically gorgeous,
    your newest fan and follower...


  8. Just pure Wow love it and the mermaid is fantastic. xoxoxoxo

  9. What fantastic work, I love all the vibrant colours, it is always a joy to visit your blog!

  10. I love your beautiful work. The colors and theme of this piece are oh so wonderful!!! You are an inspiration.

    Congrats on your second place win too.

    Love and hugs to you dear Nicki ~ FlowerLady


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