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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Medieval Unicorn

This is my Medieval challenge piece for the online group, Art Quilts Around the World.  Unicorns were an important legendary creature of medieval times.  But to tell the truth, I just like them!  

I started with a coloring page of a horse I found online designed by Keiti Davlin.  It seemed like the perfect pattern that I could free motion quilt.  

I reversed the horse, sectioned off areas and  traced onto paper.  

Then I traced onto my background fabric; sandwiched the piece with batting and used Sulky dark variegated 12 wt thread to stitch the outline and sectioned areas. Next I used a lighter shade 12 wt variegated thread to free motion each section. 
This was the fun part!.. cutting the horse out of the background! But I did it and no stitching/threads were harmed in the process!  Before I cut it out I did fuse Wonder Under on the back so I could fuse the the background.

I found this batik fabric while shopping with my Q bud, Susan.   I sandwiched then free motion quilted following some of the design(s) on the fabric.   Cording was added and facing to finish off the edges.  This picture shows the purple cording (you can see on the left and right sides) and the top and bottom where I started adding the yellow facing.

This shows how the edges look after the facing was turned to the back.  

Before I fused the Unicorn, I cut out a horn from ultra suede I just happened to have bought with me!  Then I fused the entire piece,  added some iron-on Rhinestones and used felt pen to color his eye!  

He doesn't have a name but I'm quite happy with how he turned out.  Now onto the next theme quilt, which is due March 31st!


  1. Another absolute winner!! It’s really awesome Robbie!

  2. Isn't he just perfect!! The background fabric compliments him perfectly.
    xx, Carol

  3. Such a cool piece! I love the description of the process. Thanks for sharing him.

  4. That is just spectacular! I love the free motion on top of free many layers of things going on <3

  5. Wow- the stitching on the Unicorn is wonderful! As is the entire piece. Lots of stages to this, including adding the ultra-suede. Excellent work.

  6. Always unique work when I visit here. Love your thread zentangled unicorn!

  7. Robbie you really have the most creative design and fabrication eyes and talents. This Unicorn is Amazing. The fabrics and threads and FMQ really bring it to life. Congratulations Dear...<3

  8. My little granddaughter, June Beth, LOVES unicorns—now if it was just white (that is her fav). It is beautiful.

  9. Gorgeous! Every detail is just perfect!

  10. It's wonderful and the quilting is amazing!


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