Dragonfly Kisses, Quilted

Dragonfly Kisses is officially a quilt. Longarmer Sherry Wadley delivered it to me last night, just a week after I finished piecing it. I’m always amazed at how much lovelier — and livelier — a quilt top is after it’s been quilted. It goes from being flat to having instant dimension.

In the case of Dragonfly Kisses, I wanted an allover design scaled on the spacious side, as I wanted the focus to be on the quilt design (my variation on Sew Kind of Wonderful’s new Chic Diamonds pattern) and on the gorgeous metallic-tinged fabrics from the aptly named Dance of the Dragonfly line by Kanvas Studios and Benartex.

The quilt has a lot of background space (negative space, in modern parlance), and I do think that some fairly dense custom quilting would have resulted in a beautiful quilt, but that wasn’t the look I was going after on this one.

Sherry and I chose a quilting motif whose circles and swirls are reminiscent of gentle ripples in water. I also chose a pale green thread that would almost vanish into the background fabric, providing just a touch of texture. Mission accomplished. (Thank you, Sherry!)

Here’s a look at the front of the quilt . . .

Dragonfly Kisses, quilted
. . . and a close-up of the quilting:

Dragonfly Kisses, closeup
The basic block, made with the Quick Curve Ruler, finishes at 9″ square so the four blocks above measure 18″ square. That should give you a better idea of the scale of quilting. Before I sent Dragonfly Kisses off to be quilted, it measured 51″ x 60″. The quilting process drew it up an inch all around, so now it measures 50″ x 59″.

Here’s the back of the quilt, with five of the six fabrics from the Dragonfly line spliced with the three batiks I used . . .

Dragonfly Kisses, back
Here’s a close-up of the beautiful lily pond fabric, where you can actually see those dancing dragonflies:

Dragonfly Kisses, close up of back

Now it’s on to the finish work: attaching the binding, sewing it down, and adding a label. My goal is to have this done by the end of the week. This could well happen if I don’t get too distracted by some of my other works-in-progress.




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8 Responses to Dragonfly Kisses, Quilted

  1. Nancy says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love both sides of this quilt.

  2. Kristi says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the cool blue and green colors.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! This fabric is soooo pretty. I have found it online. Your quilt, on my computer screen, looks more blue. The fabric I found looks more lavender/purple which would be my choice and it is on sale today – yeah. Do you know if the fabric comes in different colorways?
    or maybe just a difference in picture from camera and my screen? Great job!! Quilting looks perfect for this pattern IMHO. Can’t wait to see it completed.

    • Rebecca says:

      Never mind – answered my own question. Yes, there are two colorways – one blue/green one gold/purple. Sure wish I wouldn’t have to drive all the way from Virginia for that class this fall!!! Thanks for sharing all of your inspiration work.

  4. Reigh says:

    Really pretty! Is this one a baby quilt? Love it!

  5. Nancy Terhaar says:

    Having seen these blocks blown around a “room above the garage” on the 4th of July (gets windy in Sisters, OR, in the evening), I’m now loving how it’s turned out. The machine quilting is very complimentary to it. I love it.

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