So I've begun the Stained Glass Mermaid. It doesn't have squares and triangles, it's not constructed with seam allowance and pieced blocks; it's unfamiliar territory. Just start with what you know and go from there. Frank and I shopped together and found several batiks that will work. That was so fun!
Five watery blues, a skin tone and three reds for hair
Perfect fin fabric, it's called Island Hideaway
Then I printed the pattern in sections using PhotoShop and reassembled it.
Next I laid the foundation over the pattern and traced the placement lines with washable pen.
And then cut the pattern apart.
I put that aside and cut out some test shapes, fused them to foundation fabric and then fused bias tape over the raw edges. I tested top stitching and blind hem stitch to applique the tape in place; top stitching won, hands down. Click to enlarge. The blind hem stitch is with clear nylon filament and I don't like how it catches the light. It was also a lot harder to position along the tape, which is 1/8" wide.
I know this project could founder at any point, but I'm sharing the process as I go. It'll be interesting, uncharted waters and all that. Wow! Notice all the seafaring metaphors?! More later.