Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chinese Dragon Quilt

Some of you might remember the Chinese Dragon applique that I was helping my daughter to make over a year and a half ago. She wanted to make this for her boyfriend. The plan was that I help her choose the fabrics from my stash and then fuse the pieces on the background fabric for her. She was supposed to do all the hand blanket stitching around each applique shape. Then I would quilt and bind it. So she did manage to do all the blanket stitching on all the red pieces and about 3 or 4 inches of the orange. Then it just sat and sat and she never finished it. So Mom to the rescue. I finished all the blanket stitching, I quilted it and sewed on the binding and a hanging sleeve and added a few embellishments. It took me 3 days to get it all done! Finally her boyfriend now has this quilt and in time for Chinese New Year (which is at the end of this month).
This Chinese Dragon was adapted from a book by Eric Carle. All the fabrics are batiks, except for the background fabric and the black border. I even added tiny red rickrack all around the quilt.

I added some sequins as an afterthought.
The back of the quilt I used a Chinese Dragon fabric print. This fabric was the leftovers from the pajama bottoms that I made for my daughters boyfriend last year.
A couple of buttons I added and sequins too.

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  1. He's going to just love this dragon! And I love the pj backing.... great job and combined effort!

  2. Well, if he doesn't want it, I will take it, this is Awesome, I was born during the year of the dragon, very, very cool quilt.

  3. this is so incredible, I am in awe of it. Your stitches are perfect, and the colors and design make the whole thing come alive. well done.

  4. It is gorgeous. Your daughter is very lucky to have you for her mom. You did a beautiful job on the appliques as well as your quilting. I love it!

  5. Daryl, this is an impressively beautiful art quilt! I love the Chinese dragons. They're amazingly ornate and colorful. All your tiny added details are wonderful design finishes. Well done!

  6. Oh my goodness, that is so spectacular! You are one really talented lady. Of course, you should have known that mom would end up finishing it.....8-) You don't by any chance plan on making a pattern of that, do you???

    xo Linda

    1. Linda I couldn't answer you in an email because you are a no-reply, :0( I can't make a pattern of it because I took the dragon design from a book and there are copyright issues of course.

  7. It was really good of you to finish it for your daughter. It would have been a shame to have such a beautiful quilt unfinished and tucked away somewhere out of sight. Her boyfriend will be thrilled to bits with it.

  8. WOW! WOW! Daryl this is amazing and so detailed. AWESOME mom your are to come to the rescue hee hee.. :) He is going to love it. Have a fantastic weekend, I'm out in Houston for my Stampin' Up! Leadership which is an event for us demonstrators only and so I might not get a chance to visit after today till I get back home. Have a fabulous rest of your week and I will be back to visit real soon.

  9. That is an awesome dragon! Very nicely done!

  10. You are a wonderful mom to finish this fantastic dragon quilt for a guy. Amazing work and lots of blanket stitching. How fun the back fabric is the same as his pj bottoms. I hope he treasures it forever. Happy New Year Dear and Creative Blessings...

  11. WOW!!!! Your daughter has talent! You and your daughter together. have done a spectacular job. I love it. A work of art, a beauty !!!!!!
    Marisa .

  12. What a great quilt! You combined my favorites, applique quilts and a good book :) Thanks for sharing.

  13. What a beautiful piece and that is so sweet that you helped her finish it! Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Visiting from Vals Tuesday Archive, great dragon!


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