I always like to get a nice picture of my quilts in natural light, so I took the dragonfly panel quilt out today to get some photos.
For a reference, here is the panel that I started with:
I thought about lots of different ways to go with this, but in the end was so in love with the green dragonfly panel that I decided to make it my centerpiece. (unfortunately the crappy pic above makes it look yellow). I was leafing through some quilting books for inspiration, and settled upon this quilt out of Material Obsession 2: It’s called Kismet.
But I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make one quite that big. I toyed with the idea of using the dragonfly for the center medallion, and then using the rest of the panel for borders. I even went so far as to cut up the rest of the panel into “bricks” for a border, but when I layed them out around the quilt, I wasn’t happy with it. Don’t worry, I fully intend to use them in my next project. You can see it HERE if you’re interested.
I also had a moment where I thought I would make smaller stars out of the smaller bug panels and place them randomly around the quilt. But again, I didn’t like it. I ended up using one of the smaller stars on the back of the quilt. So here is the finished product:
right next to my giant hostas — in full bloom no less! the quilt is appx 40″X40″ so that tells you how large those hosta leaves are!
here’s a couple close-ups of the dragonfly:
That second one really shows off the quilting. I am not 100% on my free-motion quilting skills yet, so I thought I was just wiggling around. After a bit I looked down and thought, “hey! I think that’s a stipple!” and so I think I stipple-quilted most of it. whatever it is, it was pretty fun!
I can’t resist putting in a close-up of this beautiful Anna Maria Horner print that I used for the star points.
I love poppies!
And here’s the back:
hanging from our dogwood tree. (I love my yard, can you tell?)
I used the left-over smaller star that I mentioned before, and a purple batik. I’m normally not a huge fan of batiks in such large doses, but this color complimented the front of the quilt so well, not to mention I had just enough of it in my stash…so no trips to the fabric store for me!
It’s kind of hard to see here, but I wanted to include this pic of the star on the back, because at this angle you can kind of make out the dragonfly echo-quilting I did on the front. I got a bit of a kick out of that.
So that’s my story on this one. Thanks for reading, and have a large day!