MQG Challenge Quilt 2014
Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014
Have you seen the fabrics?
Have you read the rules?
Here’s a link.
Dragonfly Quilt is my entry.
We each received 1/8th yard of 6 fabrics. I used 5 fabrics. The whole piece needed to be constructed of Michael Miller Fabrics. The background is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Midnight, from Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in Wichita, KS.
The finished quilt is a little way from my original plan. I wanted to make a butterfly. I wanted to take all the fabrics, cut them into 1″ strips and have a wild striped butterfly. And I wanted to try “matchstick quilting” lines. I made a test design before I received the challenge fabric… turns out the stripes + the pointy shape would probably not work too well. I’ll have to blog my test butterfly on another time. For the Challenge-> new plan:
I decided if I went with a cool dragonfly, I could fit each wing on the 1/8 yard (4 1/2″). Of course, that wasn’t entirely right either. I did still have to seam the larger wings in order to the design to fit. So I kept sketching.
I have been posting sneak peeks in my Instagram, so you may have already seen a few of these, if you follow.
My whole dragonfly is raw edge applique. I used Heat’n’Bond for the fusible. Each wing is a unique design. Once the fusible was on the back of the fabric, I drafted out an “oval” shape on the paper side. Then I started drawing the pointy, tribal-tattoo-inspired wings.
Next up, cut out all the shapes. Man, it was tricky to pull of that paper from behind the shape. In fact, the cutting and prepping was a very patient process. I decided to reward myself by making the “raw edge applique” double as the quilting lines. Patience-schmacence. =)
Mmm… quilt sandwich.
Turns out, making the raw edge applique double as the quilting is also a patient process. That’ll show me. So I took my time to trace along all the cut edges for the wings, body and head.
Once I had the wings and body all set, I had to decide on some fills. I went with pebbles for the body and vertical stripes for just that middle section. You know, so he’d look slimmer. Ha. Vertical lines are quite slimming…. right?
Next – the background. Oh negative space…. If I had planned a bit better, I would have taken the quilt to my mom’s to try out her super great HandiQuilter. Instead, I decided to make a few free motion quilting (FMQ) swirls on my home machine.
Yep. Make a ton of swirls. And then turn it 90 degrees or so, and make a ton more.
The whole Dragonfly Quilt finishes up at 38″ x 40″.
I did have to supplement with Sandi Henderson fabrics in the binding. The back is a Michael Miller stripe + the 6th challenge fabric. (It is the grey one.)
And here he is, slim and smiling back at you: