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MQG Challenge Quilt 2014

on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 5 comments

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014

Have you seen the fabrics?

Have you read the rules?
Here’s a link.

Dragonfly Quilt is my entry.

?MQG Challenge 2014 | ReannaLily Designs | Michael Miller


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.

Butterfly Design | ReannaLily Designs


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.

Heat'n'Bond Scraps | ReannaLily Designs



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. =)


Dragonfly Quilt | ReannaLIly Designs | MQG Challenge 2014


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.


Dragonfly Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | MQG Challenge 2014


Dragonfly Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | MQG Challenge 2014


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?

Dragonfly Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | MQG Challenge 2014


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.

MQG Challenge 2014 | ReannaLily Designs | Dragonfly Quilt


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″.


MQG Challenge 2014 | ReannaLily Designs | Dragonfly Quilt



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:

MQG Challenge 2014 | ReannaLily Designs | Dragonfly Quilt



  1. cool! a very clever design, and nicely executed and quilted!

    What comes next?

    July 3, 2014

  2. Wow. Your work is so beautiful. Just amazing.


    July 3, 2014

  3. I saw your quilt on the community forum entry page over at the MQG and had to follow your blog to read more…beautifully executed! I am duly impressed – at both your skill and patience. Good luck!

    Jen G

    July 17, 2014

  4. Wonderfully unique entry. I’m so glad you included the backstory and process of how it was made.


    July 19, 2014

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