He's been the focus of my last two days and will be my buddy for the night.
Cúchulainn is part of a quilt instalment made by the Irish Patchwork Society (Western Branch) for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland. There will be 20 quilts total with 10 looking like this, or 10 facing the other direction. They're all (hopefully) perfectly aligned, so one will knot into the other when all in a row, or when displayed in a square interacting both horizontally or vertically. It was quite an intricate design!
Anyway, Cúchulainn is made fully with batiks never my first choice, but the committee chose them and they look good together. They were secured with bondaweb and I'm spending my time now securing Cúchulainn with a satin stitch around each and ever little piece. I needed to use the batting as a stabilizer, so that's what you see floating behind the quilt top. That's taking FOREVER and a football stadium of thread. I'm nearly there...just missing a small bit on the right swirl that will be finished tonight.
Before the Easter holiday is out, this beast will have his back on and will be quilted. Eva, of Pippablue, drew on my quilting lines last night to make life easier for me...so now I just have to follow her path. Easy peasy...right!?!?
You know, in many ways this would never have been my first choice of a quilt to make. The batiks, the theme, the appliqué, the size. However, I wanted to try something new, to contribute to our local community, to grow my skills a bit more. In the end, I am absolutely glad to have taken this project on...but will be just as happy to see it end :)