Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Finished Pixelated Dragon Quilt

For the past few years, I've made a couple quilts for Christmas for my in-law family. Since the recipients know they're receiving quilts, I usually ask for color choices and general styles. Here's how the conversation with my brother-in-law went this year.

Me: What colors do you and your wife like?
BIL: She said we'd like something in black, red, and gold with dragon motifs.

He was joking at the time, but when I reminded him that I was making separate quilts for each of them, he said a bit hesitantly, "Well, I actually really would like a dragon quilt." So, that's what I set out to make for him.

I brainstormed for quite a long time about different possible ways of making a dragon quilt - paper piecing, applique, patchwork. I had almost settled on paper piecing, but wanted to enlarge all the patterns I found. I kept hemming and hawing because I wasn't fully committed. Then, I happened upon the Patchwork Pattern Maker from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is this really great tool you can use to turn any photo into a quilt pattern. I searched for and tested several images of dragons until I found one that I liked and thought would translate best as a pixelated image.

Pixelated Dragon Quilt

I cut up three inch squares of varying prints in black, gray, green, red, orange, and yellow. For the background, I used whites and creams, whatever I had on hand. I then added some wide strips of fabric to the bottom of the quilt, representing a building or some other hard surface that the dragon is landing on or taking off from.

Pixelated Dragon Quilt

I quilted the body of the dragon in wavy lines and the wings have a scale motif quilted on them. The background I quilted in meandering loops.

Pixelated Dragon Quilt

I quilted each section of the "building" with a separate design. This one shows the angled meandering stipple and if you look closely at the yellow, you can see large ripples.

Pixelated Dragon Quilt

The back is comprised of various green fabric strips. I'm kind of a one-trick pony when it comes to quilt backs (if I piece the back at all), so I was glad to have a fairly easy, but not a flat sheet quilt back.

Pixelated Dragon Quilt


sayukta saxena said...

All are very nice.Thanks for share
Web developer

sayukta saxena said...

Please visit my site Netflix Helpline.

iwan wan said...

Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate
you taking the time and effort to put this content together.
I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and commenting.
But so what, it was still worthwhile!
obat kuat
obat kuat viagra

Linda said...

Very beautiful, and your header is gorgeous.

Clipping Quick said...

I m so glad to visit this blog.This blog is really so amazing
clipping path service

Clipping Solutions said...

What a magnificent tricks! Really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for sharing.
clipping path service

Photo Retouching Services
Background Removal Service

Md Enamul Hoq said...

Useful and informative post you have shared . I also enjoyed this blog , thanks . Clipping Path | Remove White Background | Product Photo Editing


Related Posts with Thumbnails