Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Enter the Dragon

But first one has to do the work.  This was my dining table this morning as I worked on my Weight Watchers paperwork.  I had to get it done before I could let the dragon out of it’s slumber.

This is my craft table, set up in the living room for this special occasion.


So, off to the studio to applique the dragon’s nose and eye down.  I think he is about 9’ long, a little ungainly for applique but we got that little part done.

Then back to the table where I laid out the backing and began pinning my lovely dragon on to it.

Smooth it out, pin, smooth, pin,

smooth, pin, smooth, and pin, etc. 

I thought I would never get it done since every once in a while I had to remove pins in order to re-smooth.

And once that was done (after several breaks for back  aches) I began basting.  I knew I couldn’t do the applique on this big a project with pins (ouch a lot) so the whole thing has to be basted.  I only got a small part basted before I had to quit for the night but I will say I have gained a whole new respect for people who do hand quilting.  Whew!

I had to put the dragon up for the night because the cat came in and the first place she chose to light was on the craft table.  But tomorrow morning, after the cat goes out for the day, he will be back out and the basting will begin again.  I am really excited to see him coming to life.  Now I just need a name for him.  Any ideas?


soscrappy said...

How exciting to finally see the dragon getting finalized. He has been growing for so long!

Melinda said...

No idea for a name except Puff since he certainly is a magic dragon. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish him.

Esther Aliu said...

Your quilt is stunning! I can't wait to see it finished! I have a WIP that is black background with multi block colour honeycombs, and at first glance I thought of that, it's so effective!

Wilma NC said...

It will be worth it in the end!!!!

Jessica said...

Lookin good!

Quilter Kathy said...

Are you sure it's a 'him'?? I think it might be a 'her'...she's so beautiful and full of life...must be female energy! How about Daphne the Dragon?!?!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

This is going to be fin to watch the transformation. Are you going to enter it (since the boy/girl debate hasn't been settled yet) in a quilt show or something? You really should!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

fun, not fin...sigh

Bonnie said...

S/he is looking wonderful... Perhaps Penelope or Percival... once you figure the gender thing out. Are you machine appliqueing it to the back ground?