DAINTY DRAGONFLY in INKTENSE
MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS WORK
I was sitting outside when I saw something struggling on the surface of my pool. When I went for a closer look, I realised it was a dragonfly that must have misjudged how close he was to the water. It took a while for him to recover after I rescued him as his wings were wet and it was during this time that I studied him. They are such magical creatures and one seldom has the chance of looking at one so closely!
HOW I DESIGNED THIS DRAGONFLY QUILT
Using a photograph, I sketched the dragonfly and simplified the lines. This was done in a dark permanent pen. It served as a pattern.
(Patterns will be available on my website soon)
TO CREATE YOUR DRAGONFLY QUILT YOU WILL NEED:
- metre white 100% cotton fabric. (You can choose your own colour background fabric)
- Freezer paper
- 2 X 75cm X 75cm Loomtex batting
- 75cm x75cm backing fabric
- Neutral colour all-purpose thread.
- Black machine embroidery thread (outline)
- Pale machine embroidery thread (quilting)
- Sewing machine of which feed dogs can drop
- Inktense pencils
- Fabric medium
- Kitchen paper
- Container with water
- Light box
- Water soluble pen
- Spray glue or quilting safety pins
TO CREATE YOUR DRAGONFLY QUILT
You need to trace the pattern onto the white background fabric. Use a light box as the fabric might not be transparent enough.
- Set your machine up as for FMQ
- Using black machine embroidery thread, stitch on all the marked lines.
- Iron freezer paper onto the wrong side of your background paper.
- Use Inktense pencils in pale purple, turquoise and lilac.
- Colour the dragonfly in and set the colour with fabric medium.
- You may want to iron over it once it is dry to set the colour 100%.
- Layer the quilt top, Loomtex batting and background fabric and use spray glue or quilting safety pins to keep the layers together.
- Draw a couple of pale guidelines for the quilting pattern
- Thread your machine with a pale machine embroidery thread.
- Quilt the background but leave the dragonfly un-quilted for better loft.
- Square off.
- Cut strips for binding and sew binding on, mitring the corners after which, turn work over and hand-sew binding in place.
Sew a hanging sleeve and label on the back of your work and enjoy your own quilted abstract wall-hanging!
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