Surya Dragon Rising

Surya Dragon Rising

I have always been drawn to the “pointy” quilts, so when this challenge was announced, I first searched the Quilt Index for ideas, but then approached the one person who I knew had an extensive collection of “pointy”-patterned quilts. Bill Volckening was game to help me out, and sent me pictures of three quilts in his collection that fit the time frame.

I chose this one and began the design process by figuring the reduction from the original size of 84” x 84” to the allowed 50” x 50” size, and then doing the designing in my Electric Quilt 7 software. I had planned to replicate the entire quilt, but an injury to my left arm cut several months off my sewing schedule, forcing me to make the decision to not do the half-blocks around the left side and bottom of the original quilt.

Unlike the original quilter, I had technology to help with the design and pattern printing, and equipment such as rotary cutters, rulers and special foundation-piecing paper to help with accurate sewing. Without those tools, I wouldn’t have dared tackle this pattern. The whole process of doing this challenge reinforced my absolute respect and admiration for any quilter taking on this design, no matter the time period.