My second entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side is “The Inheritance Cycle” AKA “The Dragon Quilt of Doomity-Doom-Doom-Doom.” This year there is a new category for Original Designs, and this quilt seemed like the best fit for that category!
This quilt was a gift for my niece last Christmas. She requested a dragon quilt in yellows, greens and blues – the colors of the good dragons in The Inheritance Cycle books (the Eragon series). Oh and, she wanted me to incorporate some sketches of baby dragons I had made for her at some point. Sure. No problem!
I spent a great deal of time procrastinating on this quilt (which is how it started earning its doom monicker) mostly because I had no clue how to accomplish what I wanted to do. Well, not entirely true. I had an idea of how to do it, and zero of the skills required to do so.
Finally after battling with some inner doubts, I decided to just start practicing until I could get the skills I needed to create the quilt I actually wanted to make. I started by sketching dragons over and over, until I could figure out how to create dragon poses and faces that I liked.
Then I moved on to learning thread sketching, which was a trial on its own since I’d had very little experience FMQing. I had a few technical issues along the way, but managed to work my way through them.
And then of course there was the whole issue of figuring out how to build a quilt around my dragon blocks because they were a) about half the size I originally planned them to be and b) the original design was fairly vague to begin with.
In the end, I really loved the way the quilt turned out, and more importantly, so did my niece! She didn’t like my name for the quilt, and said she would call it The Inheritance Cycle Quilt. But it’s pretty much always going to be The Dragon Quilt of Doomity-Doom-Doom-Doom to me.
If you’d like to read more about the quilt along with links through the whole design saga, you can find them on my previous post here.