Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dream Catcher Quilt

My quilt guild had a doily challenge because one of the members had a couple of bags of hand crocheted doilies that were given to her. So the challenge was born. We could add a doily to a quilt in any way we wanted to. The suggested size was 18"x 18" or 18" x 20".

I had used cotton doilies in the past under a teacup block, but I wanted to do something different with this crocheted doily. I decided to paint the doily because plain white was just too boring for my taste. At first I thought of just making a Dream Catcher by sewing it onto a wooden or metal hoop, but I didn't have the right size hoop. Next I thought I could tie 4 small branches together and then sew it in the center of the branches and add strips of fabric and ribbon on the bottom branch. But when I tried doing that, it just didn't look right. And while neither of those ideas were quilts, I figured it would meet the challenge of using a doily at least.

But the Dream Catcher idea was still rolling around in my brain, when I thought why not do a Dream Catcher Quilt? Black fabric was the obvious background color so that the painted doily would pop. Since most Dream Catchers have ribbons and/or feathers dangling from the bottom, I thought I would quilt my feathers with variegated thread colors. I like how the quilted feathers looked, but you couldn't see them very well. So next I brought out the Shiva Paint Stiks and painted the feathers with metallic paint. That is just what it needed. I hand embroidered the "strings" and added a lot of pretty hot fix crystals for bling. I also added some beaded trim to the bottom of the quilt. Finally I used my Kumihimo disk to braid the hanging rope and thought a branch looked more organic for the Dream Catcher, rather than a wooden dowel. I really love how this came out too. I didn't follow the suggested size of the quilt for the challenge, but this is my quilt, and I wanted something that would please me.
Painted the doily and added hot fix crystals.

Quilted the feathers and then painted them.

Beaded trim at base of quilt.

I used a variety of paint colors as well as variegated threads for quilting the feathers.

The stick with the braided hanging rope (which I made with my Kumihimo disk).

I dotted more hot fix crystals around the feathers too.

There was only about 7 people who showed their doily challenge quilts on Thursday at our quilt guild meeting. I forgot to bring my camera to take photos of them and I guess the person who does our guild blog didn't take any photos either. Oh well, at least you can see mine here.
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  1. Sorry I can't be more wordy today, Daryl, as I only have one word for you: magnificent!

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  3. That is just gorgeous, Daryl. What a creative idea.

  4. That's beautiful!!!! And those feathers! Swoon!

  5. this has all your signature style about it. Its beautifully embellished, the touch of paint on the doily is so cleaver and over all effect is just lovely. its a Daryl original and looks fabulous.

  6. What a great wall hanging and I love the feathers you sewed - well done.

  7. I love your thought process. It led to an amazing quilt. What did you use to paint your doily?

  8. I would never have thought of painting a doily... That was very clever. You've made a stunning one with your paint. I also love your quilted feathers. You're quilt is an amazing piece (a good thing you made it as you wanted). I had to pin it.
    I wish to let you know that I nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Which you can accept or refuse. No pressure. The details are in my today's post. Have a good day!

  9. I love what you did! It's beautiful!!!

  10. Daryl I think you have created an amazing and beautiful Dream Catcher Doily quilt. The colors you have given to the white doily and the black feathers is the best part and what really drew me in. Unique and Spectacular Dear...


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