The Dragonfly Quilt!
I love this quilt! Absolutely love this quilt! I guess that's because not only is it gorgeous but I quilted it and have never had so much fun in my life completing a quilt for a customer.
When Linda first brought me The Dragonfly Quilt, I thought it was gorgeous but I was also overwhelmed. How am I to quilt this?!?! Linda was a new customer who came to me after seeing this quilt done for her friend Bea: http://pennyquilt.blogspot.com/2015/08/asian-feathers.html. I had already done a couple of quilts for Linda but nothing like this!
The Dragonfly Quilt is the first quilt in which I used double batting. Linda was kind enough to allow me the option after I showed her these photos. Mimicking what was eventually planned for the quilt, the quilting in the top photo was completed using double batting. The quilting in the bottom photo only used a single layer. The difference is actually quite dramatic. Although normally the top layer would be wool, we chose to go with both layers in 50/50 cotton bamboo.
Inspired by the quilting of Judi Madsen with Green Fairy Quilts, this is the transformation that took place with The Dragonfly Quilt.
After I stitched in the ditch over the entire quilt, I started in the center portion of the quilt using Bottom Line 60 weight thread by Superior Threads in cream, in both the top and bobbin thread. This would prevent any unsightly thread build up.
From the center I moved to each corner area. These were really fun! The body of the dragonflies and butterflies were taken from Judi Madsen, but done freehand; the wings were derived from other photos viewed on Pinterest.
What I call pansy feathers were centered around the inner edge of the quilt to begin a break from the intense quilting.
And finally, "pin stripes" and soft corner feathers on the outside edge to bring the quilt to a calming rest.
And that's The Dragonfly Quilt! The quilt measures approximately 50" x 50" and will be used as a wall hanging.
I am so thankful for the challenges and opportunities Linda gives me to increase my abilities and I fully enjoyed quilting The Dragonfly Quilt. I think she likes it too!
Have a great Resurrection Weekend and join me at Finish Up Friday here: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com as well as the links on my sidebar for some quilty inspiration!