Castle Peeps

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Castle Peeps is a quilt that started last year.  I was inspired to make the free pieced castle towers to match the border fabric.  I had a small piece of the fabric with the people and fussy cut them to fit the windows.  I made the blocks with the scrappy colors because it was all looking a bit too green.  I like the punch the colors add.

I finished the top and put it away until the retreat in March.  I started quilting it, but I couldn't decide exactly what to do in the sky until I got a suggestion from a friend to do a dragon.  I loved the idea, but wasn't sure I could execute it well.

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It's been sitting around since then and today I finally decided to get down to it and get it done.  I went to Google images to search for a dragon shape I liked, and drew something free hand.  Then I transferred it to freezer paper.  I ironed the freezer paper to the sky area and stitched around it once.  Then I removed the freezer paper and stitched around the outline once more.  I filled in the details with more double stitching lines.  You can click the photos to see even more detail.

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Then I completed the rest of the sky with swirls and clouds.

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I'm pretty pleased with it!  This would be a great crib quilt, but I plan to keep this one for a teaching sample.

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