Fabric Collage

I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? John Lennon

A few weeks ago, I was looking for fabric and pattern ideas to make a dragon quilt for my granddaughter. In my opinion, the fabric was either too dark and fierce, or too juvenile. Thanks to my friend, Nancy, who suggested I try making a fabric collage dragon. Making a fabric collage quilt was on my Something to Try list. I sketched quite a few dragons in my art journal thinking that I could then draw into on a larger scale. After a few disappointing attemps, I thought of looking on Etsy. Bam!
Jackie Cooper had a pattern for machine applique that was just perfect! The “Drago” pattern had great instructions. I added a second border to make this into a lap quilt size. It is perfect for my granddaughter to use in the book nook she has in her room.
Joy, from Mesquite Bean, helped me choose the fabric online. She is absolutely the best and is so helpful. I consulted with my granddaughter to make sure I had her favorite colors included. (The quilt is a surprise for Christmas.) The fabric included some batik and Kaffe Fassett. I also threw in some of my Marcia Derse scraps. Choosing the right color and designs to fussy cut was the most fun part of this project. I spent one day playing with the fabric and making the different parts of the dragon. They were all fused and ready to sew on the second day. I think I have enough fabric to piece a colorful backing.
Whenever I Zoom with my granddaughter, she shares the latest adventure of the dragons in the book series she is reading. I love hearing the excitement as she tells the stories. She has me believing in dragons.

13 thoughts on “Fabric Collage

    1. Puff is my all time favorite song! I used to have a plush, long dragon hanging across one corner of the ceiling in my class. My first graders loved to sing the song. The dragon is now hanging in my sewing room.

  1. I think this is just – powerful! I love the colors and the dragon is fierce and strong! I also like the way you have framed the dragon – it looks like it is ready to leap out.

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