Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dragonfly - Squaring Up - VI

Quilt #112

Dragonfly is #4 in my Squaring Up series.

Dragonfly - Squaring Up VI

This time I started with a 20” square of 100% silk. At least I am fairly sure it is silk but to tell the truth the only thing I could read on the label was “100%”, the rest of it was japanese. This and several other pieces of fabric were a gift from Japan from a friend of my daughter.

It's all about squares.

The piece had a plain square in the centre surrounded by a large printed border. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the original piece.

I started by cutting the square into 4 squares and resewing it together with a 1/4” lime green strip.


I then cut the resulting squares into 4 squares each and putting it back together with the red strips, repeating this process with black and finally white strips. The black and white strips are only 1/8” wide.

I drew a large version of the dragonfly from the white on white fabric and stitched it on the front. For the wings I used some loose threads and organza and a line of gold thread around the edges. Although the body of the dragonfly was painted on with Shiva pearl white, it looks very similar to the organza wings.

Dragonfly - Organza wings and Shiva painted body

The dragonfly fabric was used on the back and the edges were cut with a curved rotary blade and fused to the front.

And this is what the back looks like.  This picture was taken before the sleeve was added.

Dragonfly - Squaring Up VI - Back

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Quilt Name: Dragonfly – Squaring Up IV
Description: appliqued dragonfly on a grid of squares
Pattern: Original
Size: 14¾” x 14¾”
Fabrics: 100 % silk and 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Purple, white, green, red, black
Construction Techniques: A large square cut into squares and sewed back together with strips. Applique
Back: 100% cotton
Batting: warm and natural cotton
Edge finish: back fused to front
Quilting: Grid lines quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2011
Quilt History: displayed in the 2012 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild
Maker: Terry Whyte


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is so very pretty

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! I am new to your blog so I will have to go back and see the beginnings of this. However it sounds like you did this overnight ;), so very curious if so. I love how you have documented it all. I never think of doing that.

elle said...

This is a very cool idea. :)

Magpie Quilts said...

Stunning piece! I love what you did with the background - it sets off the dragonfly beautifully!

Regina said...

A wonderful piece, thanks for sharing how you did it, very inspiring.