At Dragons Gate

I finished the koi wall hanging!

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

"At Dragons Gate"

I’m so happy with it, I’m silly.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Tail detail: some of the beads swirl out onto the black area.

He’s so pretty.  I love the way the beads turned out, though it is a little hard to see them in the pics.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Head detail: his eye is a sodalite coin bead.

His whiskers are hand embroidered.

I’m really happy with how detailed the appliqued curves turned out. Sometimes you can lose depth when appliqueing a deep concave curve. Also, the tight convex curves didn’t turn out all pointy – another common problem with appliqueing.  I really like this machine applique method even though it does use twice as much fabric as the traditional hand applique method. Though, I don’t have to buy the heat resistant plastic template material with this method.

All in all, I’m thrilled!

I’ll explain the legend of the koi in another post. I’ll post a pic of the back plate then, too; I was so excited about finishing, I completely forgot to take a picture of that.

Koi, Work In Progress

Do you ever get an idea then sit on it for a long time, just allowing it to swirl and simmer and shape on its own in your head? I don’t. Typically, as soon as I get an idea, I write it down and think it to a slow death. By nature, I plan and list. Oh, planning and listing are both well and good, but I think that sometimes my projects lose something amid all the planning and listing.

I’m trying to be a little more reckless in my projects, and not plan them to death.

I’ve been brewing about a project for some time. Oh, I have plans and lists, but it isn’t something I’ve thought out completely. So I’ve decided to go ahead and start it, without knowing exactly how I’m going to finish it. I’m working on a quilted koi wall hanging.

The koi wall hanging at fig+fence by Janet Millsapps.

The koi wall hanging's top right now, with my crayon-colored drawing and notes I've made.

I’ve just finished turning the applique pieces and I’m ready to glue everything down, applique him, and embroider his whiskers. I accidentally made all of the applique pieces backwards. Oops.

The koi wall hanging at fig+fence by Janet Millsapps.

I'm testing beads out to see which I'll use in the water.

I love the colors of this. I haven’t decided yet what beads I’m going to use in the water, if any. I think I’ll wait until I’ve quilted the whole thing before I do that.