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Kimono Dragon 2014

  • 150cm x 150cm (60″ x 60″)
  • Silk top, cotton back, wool wadding
  • straight line machine quilting around seams (not SID)

A gift to a dear friend to celebrate her 60th birthday.  (The quilt I created instead of Red Dragon, below.)  After taking this photograph, I also tied each block at about 2″ gaps using red silk embroidery floss – but I forgot to take another photograph before gifting.

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Kimono Dragon

The top is new and vintage kimono silk and new dress silk.  Where the silk was very fine and unstable, I backed with a fused lightweight interfacing.  To prevent there being a seam going the full width or length of the quilt, which I thought would be a visual disruption, I pieced sections and then combined using partial seams.

Red Dragon – 2012 to 2015

  • Twin size
  • Cotton top and back, wool wadding
  • FMQ

I started this quilt several years earlier, intended as a birthday present for a friend who loves the colour red.  I collected a lot of red cottons.  I love this particular pattern, called Rocky Mountain Sparkler in a book I purchased. For some strange reason, I thought it would look good with very low contrast.

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Red Dragon – not my favourite quilt

After completing about 26 blocks, and planning a broken border, I decided I hated it.  I did not put it together.

A resolution for the last few years is to reduce my UFO pile, at least one a year.  This was 2015’s effort.  I disregarded a border and sewed the blocks together without a great deal of thought. Then used it as practise for free motion quilting of ‘organic’ feathers.   After it was done, I realised I quite liked it.  I don’t love it, but I’m ok with the result.  My husband also disliked it initially, but when completed he said he thought it looked a little like a Persian carpet. It is now used on a spare bed.

Japanese Irish Chain – 2012

  • Twin sized
  • Japanese printed cotton and homespun (white) top, cotton back, cotton wadding.
  • Straight line and FMQ

Overwhelmed by my collection of Japanese cottons, I chose a design that would use a good proportion of my stash.

Japanese chain
Japanese printed cotton and white homespun.

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