Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lily the Dragon

No sun to be expected in the next couple of days, but I couldn't wait for a chance to take nice pics. I just had to hare this with you as soon as the sleeve was on it.

ticker tape quilt

She's going to my daughter's room and was already named Lily. Nice to meet you too.

I've shown the beginnings of her when I wrote about the fun workshop Ruth of Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner taught at our branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. I made a point of finishing this quilt asap, but it did take me longer than I hoped.

The wallhanging measures 30 by 51 in. This is the so-called ticker tape technique, of which you can find numerous beautiful examples on Pinterest. By using the black background I wanted to give some of the stained glass feel. The wings, which a rainbow of almost-solids look more like stained glass:


Whereas the body, made of prints, does not really look that:


As in this technique the scraps are attached to an assembled quilt sandwich, the quilting of the image part is done while stitching, which is handy. So the decision was to be made only about quilting the background. I rejected the most obvious idea of doing it in black on black and instead decided to add more colour with my beloved YLI variegated thread which I have already used for several quilts.


variegated thread quilting

Of course it means you can see all the mistakes and awkward turns, but I feel the bright curves give the quilt more of a fairy-tale look (or psychedelic look, if you like ;)))

To add even more colour (and psychedelia) I used the brightest piece of fabric I possess for the binding. Funny how one corner turned out to be all blue.


All in all it was a fun project, and it turned out more impressive than I could ever expect, thank you Ruth!

Linking up to Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts
Main Crush Monday (Tuesday) at Cooking Up Quilts

19 comments:

  1. I love how you quilted the background fabric. I initially thought it was a black print. The variegated thread is just perfect. What a wonderful quilt.

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  2. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. A wonderful, colourful addition to your daughter's room! Love the variegated thread you used too.

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  4. Lilly is completely lovely!!! Great job on colors for Lilly and the binding and the thread you quilted with too!!! Kathi

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  5. Lily is beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you made this ... :) Pat

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  6. This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. It's great, so colourful, and a wonderful way to use Ruth's tickertape technique!

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  8. What a fun project! It did turn out great - quite magical, in fact! I like that the wings are more "stained glass-ish" than the body. It has created a great interplay between the parts.

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  9. Ooh, I wish Lily was living in my house - she is so beautiful! You did a fabulous job with her Lena. I am always excited to see your projects. The variegated thread used in the quilting was the perfect choice.

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  10. Welcome, Lily! What a fun, bright, and clever piece :)

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  11. Lily is absolutely gorgeous and I wish she was living in my house as well.

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  12. Really so effective. I can quite see why your daughter has nabbed it!! It's wonderful that you share techniques. Perhaps I should move to Ireland!!

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  13. Excellent. Your dragon is wonderful.

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  14. Awesome! You have a talent and i believe you can do a lot of wonderful mosaic and stained glass masterpieces. custom stained glass is a unique thing and the great looking one

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  15. This is just stunning! The colors are so bright and happy.

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  16. So very pretty and wonderful

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