Lately I have not posted many completed works. I have been quilting for others, which, though rewarding seems to slow progress on my own projects. But, I persevere… This one took me less than 1 year!
I started this quilt back in November of 2015, on a whim, during a visit to Quilted Memories. I remember picking up a stack of solids and talking to one of the ladies cutting about my plan to make a Minecraft quilt for my son that I had seen on Pinterest.
Creeper was completed in November of 2015, then in January he was followed by an enderman, cow, and a pig. Steve, the chicken, lava and diamond ore came later, much later. If you remember in my previous post, my son declared that he wanted an Enderdragon on his quilt.
Yes, I am glutton for punishment. I couldn’t resist the challenge.
An Enderdragon was born out of fabric in my stash. I designed him in EQ7 as four separate blocks, based on a perler bead image I saw at Kandi Patterns online. I didn’t want to use all small blocks like a bead pattern does, so created the pattern out of a mixture of large and smaller squares.
Originally he was on a solid background, but I felt that white just wouldn’t work. I couldn’t use black or grey, as it would blend with his body and wings.
In comes Max (he is 8). He sees my design.
“Cool! That’s epic”, he says (or something like that. I am glad he approved.)
Me: “Max, what color do you think the Enderdragon should be on?”
Max: “Mooom, Enderdragons live on enderstone.”
Me: “What’s enderstone?”
Max: “Duh, just google it, here I will show you.”
Max proceeded to pull up an image of enderstone on my computer. There it was in all of it’s stoney glory. Max helped me pull out scrap squares of tans from my box of brown and tans from his great grandmother’s stash. Stone is good practice for random.
After finally assembling the four, 24″ squares of the dragon, I assembled him in all of his glory. As the dragon took up my entire design wall, I realized that I needed to come up with a plan for the rest of the quilt, that would now be a king size! I used MS Excel to layout my borders and sashing. What you see was my final pick. I didn’t keep all of my sashing and borders equal because if I did, it wasn’t going to fit on my longarm!
The quilt is hanging from my second story bannister below. It is the largest I have made to date. I think, in minecraft, the enderdragon prevents players from leaving “The End” until he is defeated. Once defeated, a player gains lots of “experience”.
A special challenge deserves a special label. I digitized and embroidered the minecraft diamond sword and font. This was my final touch to a “just because” gift for my son, and co-designer, Max.