Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilts Around The World's latest challenge. The theme is Medieval which means knights, castles and moats, Joan of Arc, Game of Thrones TV Show, maidens, witches and dragons. I have made plenty of witch quilts and I never watched Game of Thrones. The fair maiden idea was boring so I ran with the dragon idea. I thought of a dragon/woman hybrid and wanted my dragon to be reddish orange color and for some reason my mind kept coming back to the girly dragon in the Shrek movies! Does the Shrek dragon have a name?
I wanted a full view (not a side view) which made it harder to add the dragon wings and all the horns that a dragon has especially down the back. I improvised! Dragons do not have ears so my "Dragon Lady" has no ears. She received a dress in the decorative style of the Medieval theme. I used black velvet for the dress and a black/silver lame for the neckline trim. I added a cursive letter "L" a la "Lavern and Shirley" which is my initial to the dress area plus a mirror image reverse "L" on the other side. My local quilt guild is having a non-traditional quilt fabric challenge in February and I will be using this quilt for that challenge because of the velvet and lame.
I found a great red orange print with gradations of values for the skin/scales. I used the lighter value for the neck "underside" and the brighter value for the face and ears. I wanted 3D scales but couldn't figure out how to do that so I quilted the forehead, cheeks and chin in the shape of dragon scales then painted over these areas with a red paint to define it.
For embellishments I used red loose glitter on the eyelids and some glitter poster paint from the Dollar Tree on the brow bones. One red rhinestone under the lip is the only other embellishment. When I think of Medieval I think of dark dreary things but my dragon lady ended up fashion forward and that's just how I role as a quilter and hairdresser! I have to make everyone as pretty as I can make them! Oh well-she's a cute dragon hanging out in the castle!