Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Coral, Queen of the Sea

A few years ago, I bought the panel for Coral, Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu.  The panel included a Coral Doll, doll-sized quilt, doll-sized pillow, Mr. Bubbles the seahorse friend, a doll skirt and a doll mermaid tail.  I stored the panel away hoping that a child in my life would go through a mermaid phase.

That's a lot of projects in one panel!

Fast-forward to early June when I was texting with my sister-in-law about my niece's current preferences.  She's super into mermaids!  Great timing, because we already had a July trip to visit her planned.  I dug out the panel and was thrilled to find that it was as cute as I remembered.

Noodle loves Coral and had a great time putting her to bed. 

I typically don't make 3-demensional projects.  This one was too cute not to buy, and I'm really happy with the end product, but I didn't enjoy some parts of the process.  The blanket was easy.  (I even quilted it for real instead of using the turn-it-inside-out-and-tie-it method in the directions.)  The pillow and Mr. Bubbles the seahorse friend were easy.  The doll was a little tricky, especially turning her limbs right-side out.  And the skirt and mermaid fin, well, I'm not sure I did those correctly.  I totally cheated and used ribbon instead of the printed ties for the closures.  Overall, while this is not my favorite kind of project, how can I be sorry about the extra fussy parts when this is the end result?

This was #7 on my list of Q3 goals for the Finish Along



  1. This is adorable! I think you did a fantastic job putting it all together. I still haven't really tried sewing anything 3D, so I'm applauding big time over here!

  2. Oh what a fun gift! That smile has to worth the rough parts. For the SITs fascination with The Little Mermaid, she got a whole quilt. A doll would have been faster! Now she knows it takes Mom awhile to get a new quilt done.

  3. I try to stay away from sewing 3D objects also, but your mermaid is simply adorable, I love it!

  4. Aw, this is so sweet. It is a plus when you want to do a project for something specific and you remember you have it right there in the sewing room! Great use for this panel - your niece is adorable. :-)

  5. What a great project, and obviously just perfect for this little girl! On behalf of the entire FAL crew, thanks for participating in FAL this year.