Every year the Contempory Quilt group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles set a challenge to make one small quilt a month. Its a great way to try out new techniques or to develop your creativity. This year I have decided to make quilts which all follow the theme of the magical creatures from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and any of the other Harry Potter Books and Films. My three daughters really love Harry Potter, Newt Scamander and all things from JK Rowlings imagination, I spent the christmas holidays and early part of january sketching various creatures from books and re-watching the Fantastic Beasts films.
The Contempory Quilt group specify that all this years quilts must be 9x9 inches; should relate to a theme and must contain an element or material that has had 'a former life'. I have a vast stash of upcycled bits and pieces, all these quiilts are backed in fabric given to me from a quilt shop, she had inheritied the roll from a skip! The wadding is an old blanket, I will detail the re-used materials in each quilt as I go through...
Cornish Pixie - this little blue creature caused utter chaos when introduced in the first Defence Against the Dark Arts class of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Professor Lockhart lets loose a cage of the creatures and leaves the class to deal with them. I have created the pixie using lots of varied old fabrics from my stash, most of them parts of old clothes. The wings are formed from using left of organza from a workshop. The background is old sheeting painted using fabric paint. Bound in old bias binding.
Pygmy Puff - Pygmy Puffs are mythical creatures from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They are miniature versions of Puffskeins and were created by Fred and George Weasley. They are either pink or purple and are fluffy and adorable! Using a piece of old sheet which is painted with left over fabric paint from January. I used my embellishing machine to affix lots of pink fabric strips, then adding pink wool, and threads. The face is made from a pair of old linen summer trousers. I added hand stitch and embroidered a face. Bound in a strip of old curtain fabric.
Demiguise - The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous magical beast that can make itself invisible and tell the future which makes it very hard to catch. Using a loose weave fabric which was taken off the bottom of my curtains which were too long. I created the Demiguise using merino wool roving needle felting the wool onto the fabric and building up layers to create the features and body. Edged in old bias binding from my stash.
Basilisk - Of the many fearsome beasts and monsters that roam our land, there is none more curious or more deadly than the Basilisk, known also as the King of Serpents. This snake, which may reach gigantic size, and live many hundreds of years, is born from a chicken's egg, hatched beneath a toad. Using old sheeting which has been printed during Indian Block Printing classes as tester pieces and then over dyed using left over fabric paint. Using free motion machine embroidery to bring texture to the snake skin. Bound using the reverse side of some dress making fabric which I made some shorts from in the late 1990s.
So as per usual I have just scrapped inside the line, the deadline was today, I finished stitching just over an hour ago! Now onwards to the next four quilts, I have plenty of sketches to inspire me, but which magical creature will I stitch next? Do let me know if you have a favourite.