Friday, March 2, 2012

A Small Quilty Project

The small group of South African Quilters that I belong to…The Kwetterkwilters, is doing a 12” x 12” challenge this year… based on a word. You must interpret the word in your challenge piece any way you choose. These are to be worked on in secret… no sharing until the unveiling. I didn’t commit to doing the last one, and I don’t think I will commit… to doing any, but if I get the inclination, the idea and the time I will make one.

The last one was ‘Dragon’ and last week I looked for an image that inspired me. Not only did I find one, I found 3. I asked my DH which one he liked best…. he liked the simplest one, which I seriously considered, since time was an important element. But of course I did, something totally female and picked the complete opposite…. the most complicated image and the race was on.


Once I saw the design -the process slipped into place. It is fused, reverse applique, the black over a batik. I tried to find a suitable black batik to use for the top, to stop the edge fraying, but I did not have one that didn’t look dirty. So I used a Kona cotton. The hardest part was cutting out the design…. and I have a few things in mind to maybe make it easier in the future, (if I were to do something like this again). I was so afraid I would snip the wrong piece. I quilted with Free Motion to secure all the black, and to give it some sparkle I used a gold Superior Flat metallic thread over a variegated Rainbows for the ‘fire’. The eye is an antique (faceted) black jet bead. Of course I couldn’t just add a black binding… I decided it needed a bit more orange, so I made piped binding.


I wish I had thought to take pictures of the other ‘Dragon’ because all of them were simply inspired!!!

Looking forward to the next… word!!!

More Later…. Beth


Exuberant Color said...


Becky said...

WOW! That's amazing! Great job! That thread you used for the fire is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

Karen S said...

Love it! Two suggestions: next time fuse black mistyfuse to the black fabric before you cut it and it won't fray. Or... blow off that cumbersome reverse applique and make a stencil, discharge the black fabric, layer and quilt! :)

Anonymous said...

I do love dragons and - it's stunning! My word, what a fun way for getting the creative juices going :-)

Anonymous said...

Not anonymous - Wolfie :-)
But can't post under my WP persona :-(

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Two words -- LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

That dragon was absolutely bee-u-ti-ful!

Meg said...

It's gorgeous!!.... but then again... I am not surprised.. all your stuff is amazing... :)