My Favorite Quilt: Anne of Play Crafts

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Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.


Anne’s Play Crafts blog is always hopping with color and design. Two must-sees: the Palette Builder and her involvement in the Quilt Design a Day (#qdad on Instagram). I have found Anne’s graphic Color Theory tutorials SO useful. A Californian with a PHD in computer science, her unique quilts always amaze me! Anne is starting to teach about e-textiles (how to add lights to your projects). Here’s her choice quilt:

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is “The Inheritance Cycle” quilt, a.k.a. “The Dragon Quilt of Doomity-Doom-Doom-Doom.” The first name was chosen by my recipient, my then 9-year-old niece. The second name was chosen by me, and the name grew longer the more I procrastinated on it!

The quilt was made late last year as a Christmas present. I created the pattern myself, which was where the trouble really started. The quilt request was: “I want a dragon quilt in yellows, greens, and blues [the colors of the good dragons in the Eragon/The Inheritance Cycle books]. And I want the dragons to be like those sketches of baby dragons you made me.” No problem. Sure!

I had an idea of what I wanted in my head, but no real concept of how to get to the end point. In the end, I learned quite a few new skills to get there, my favorite being the art of thread sketching.

The fabrics are pulled from my stash, and there are at least 75 prints included in the quilt to get the scrappy look I was going for.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
The quilt has never been shown as it was finished about two hours before it had to be wrapped to be gifted. I did however receive the “Best Auntie Ever!” award from my niece.

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
Probably obviously, the quilt makes me think of my niece. She’s a lot like me– we’re the only lefties in the family, she is an artist and a programmer, and we both love dragons. Whenever she travels she brings the quilt with her, and I love that! I just saw her this weekend at Maker Faire and she informed me that she brought the quilt with her for the weekend.

Maybe less obviously, this quilt reminds me of my blog readers. The creation of this quilt was not a smooth process, and in particular I ended up having a fairly significant creative crisis when starting this quilt. I posted about it, and my lovely readers helped calm my fears and gave me wonderful advice. Without them, I’m not sure I would have pushed so far out of my comfort zone to create this quilt.

What do you like best about the quilt?
My favorite thing about this quilt is really what it represents. I set out with this vision in my head of something that I didn’t actually have the skills to create. It took a couple months of practice and work and in the end I had something that fit that vision fairly well. In creating this quilt I learned how to draw dragons, appliqué, thread sketch, create a quilt pattern and use different substrates in one quilt (this has linen, quilting cottons, shot cottons and voiles). It also represents conquering my fears and the comparison critic in my head. (“You’ll never be able to make something as pretty as the quilts that inspired this!”) To most people it looks like a quilt with dragons on it; to me it looks like a great personal success. Plus my niece loves it, and she’s pretty picky!

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
See above! I spent a couple weeks sketching dragons until I could draw dragons in a way that I liked enough to make the appliqué patterns. Then I spent quite a few hours practicing thread sketching until I felt comfortable enough to try it for real. Then I spent quite a few hours figuring out the technical issues I ran across. Many more hours changing the quilt pattern because I’d made the appliqué patterns too small (oops). And countless hours dealing with the negative self-talk and doubts in my own head.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
My biggest wish for this quilt is that I’d had a bit more time to finish it the way I would have liked. The quilting isn’t quite as interesting as I would have hoped for just because of time constraints. Also, to quilt the big appliqué squares, I added some mountains and grass, but the color of the thread matched the linen too well and they don’t really show up as much as I would have liked. I’d also add a bit more detail work to each of the dragons, but it’s a fairly delicate balancing act to not make them too complicated.

Where is the quilt now?
Living with my niece!

Would you like to add anything?
I wrote quite a lot of blog posts which included information about the creation of the quilt (and the growing doomity-doom-doom-doom name). Here are some of them: Comparison Critic, Big Cats and Small Dragons and Finish: The Inheritance Cycle Quilt.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.


Rules:

  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
  • You can answer all or some of the questions below.
  • Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.

Questions:

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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