Saturday, March 5, 2016

Quilted Sphinx mini quilt

Quilted Sphinx, measures about 14"x11"

This is the third in my Quilted Mythological Creature Series, and was made specifically for Laura@LittleandLots for a private swap.  I asked her if she had a favorite mythological creature and she said the anything half-human.  I'd been planning a Sphinx for a while, so it was the one I picked!  But it turned out to be really challenging to draw, and after more than a week of trying I gave up and just traced the head and body outline from a photo I found online:

Sphinx drawing: body and head traced from a photo, wings and eye drawn freehand. 

Even though I drew my own wings on it, I used the original photo's wings as a gauge for size.  But they were so awkwardly small for such a large beast I drew a larger version:

Large wings for Laura's Sphinx!

Then I traced the Sphinx and her big wings onto some fabric (I back the fabric with freezer paper for stability while tracing):

Traced Sphinx on fabric using a fine tip water erasable marker.

I used two layer of batting, wool on top of cotton, for stability and texture:

Two layers of batting!  So puffy!

Here is the progression of quilting:

Quilted Sphinx: Body outline.

Quilted Sphinx: wing outline.

Quilted Sphinx: dense echo quilting.

After quilting the echo lines I went in and added several more layers of thread to the wings (6 layers) and body (4 layers).  I used Aurifil Toast (6010) and Chocolate (2360) for the body, Marrakesh (3817) for the wings and Light Beige (2310) for the echo quilting.  

Once I was done with the quilting, it was time for a bath (and then blocked overnight):

Quilted Sphinx: soaking out the marks!

It is backed some Cotton Couture grey fabric and bound with some fun shot-cotton stripes I knew Laura would appreciate:

Quilted Sphinx: quilt back.


This quilt was a really fun challange, I am so glad Laura loves it!

Quilted Sphinx: Head and wing detail

Quilted Sphinx: wing detail.

9 comments:

  1. I think it is amazing how well you can duplicate your lines; it looks really stunning. And I'm glad Laura loves it, too. It sounds like these are awesome swap items. <3

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  2. I love looking at the details in your quilting. The wings look especially awesome with variegated thread!

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  3. You must have incredible control or have a rapport with your sewing machine that I haven't achieved yet. Your sphinx is stunning! Can't wait to see which mythical beast you tackle next! Any thoughts on Cerebus?

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  4. Jaw dropping! I wanted to say stunning but it's been used many times already! I greatly admire your talent and skill and I'm looking forward to your next creature!

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  5. Love your work and choice of threads. Such great control. What size did this finish?

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  6. You are so talented! The variegated thread is the perfect touch of color and I love how you were able to add so many layers of thread without it looking like, well, so many layers of thread! :) The binding fabric is fabulous!

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  7. Your thread layers are so meticulous! I'm happy when I can get my lines to look half that neat when I'm tracing over lines I've already stitched :) The sphinx is gorgeous (especially with the bigger wings) and I love the eye!

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  8. Love the colour thread in the wings and how your did the eyes - looks brilliant on the dark grey backing - really gives a feel for all the quilting and shows off the puffiness!

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  9. Wow this turned out amazing! I really admire your free motion skills. The color thread really does make a big impact.

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