Dragonfly is #4 in my Squaring Up series.
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
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
Date completed: 2011
Quilt History: displayed in the 2012 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild
Maker: Terry Whyte