Monday, January 21, 2013

Lucille the Lizard

Lucille was created because I really wanted to make something for me.  At first I did not know what I wanted to do, but I wanted it to be fun and personal.  I have seen some beautiful flowers and heart embroidery that I have been dying to try, but it just didn't feel like me.  Then I thought of it, a lizard.

I have a lizard tattoo, it is not cute and colourful like Lucille, but it is a part of me.  You can read a goofy story I shared about lizards when I talked about this project here.  

Meaning of the lizard:

Just as the lizard is able to drop its tail in order to escape danger, 
so the lizard totem shows us the principles of letting go and self-protection 

Here she is on my embroidery hoop.  I have two hoops at home, a little one and a large one, large it is.  The fabric that she is on is the wrong side of a piece of denim.  

Here is the wrong side of her (on the right side of the fabric).  Embroidery is new to me, I have only played a little bit with it, so when I read about keeping the back tidy here, I decided that was the only way I could do it.  I love it.  My three year old really likes to examine things and she kept checking the back as I worked on it, making sure it still looked nice!

At the end of the project I also wound up all the left over threads on to these little card stock spools.  I am proud of myself.  My other embroidery threads are in a bag in a tangled mess.  My eight year old helped me with the organization.

I added corner tabs on the back for hanging.  The only stick(s) I could find at home were some very thin skewers.  Even though this is a small mini quilt it was too heavy for one to hold it up without bending.  So I took 3 of them, some purple duct tape and made a great purple stick.

To quilt it I used monofilament thread.  It was interesting.  I don't think I would like it on a large project, but it was perfect for this mini.  I chose a wind pattern and quilted around the lizard and the border.

In the close up photo you can see her little pig nose.  I love it.  It make me smile, I also love the eyelashes, when I got to that part of the project I felt she really came to life for me.

Where will she be hung?  In my little sad cubicle at work.  My office is lacking natural sunlight, grey (sad grey, not stylish grey), cluttered and dirty feeling.  I need some items to cheer me up.

I have not committed to where I will hang her.  I will have to find a spot that I will get to see her while I work,  you can see in the above a glimpse of what I am dealing with.  

This was my first mini quilt.  It was a lot of fun,  I would love to do another one.  I think this mini is approximately 10 inches square.

Oh, one more thing, I have updated my favicon to match.

Favicon:  small graphic that is associated with a page or Web site. The favicon allows the Web developer to customize the site in the Web browser, both in the tab bar that is displayed in many browsers as well as in the bookmarks when a site is saved.
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