Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Zelda Quilt

I created a Zelda themed quilt for a friend I've known since kindergarten using the design from

We grew up playing it on Nintendo and I wanted this quilt to be special.
I started out making half square triangles.
I then sewed them together to make hourglass blocks.  I placed the hourglass blocks into Zelda's triforce symbol.

 I wanted to make the "master" sword for the center so I started my applique.

First I appliqued the blade of the sword.  To make it look 3-D I added a second layer of applique to the sword. Next I started on the handle. I find using starch and freezer paper is the easiest method for me when it comes to applique.
Here's the sword put together on the quilt.

Next I started adding embroidered details.  I also appliqued on straps around the hilt of the sword for more detail, but I forgot to take a progress shot.

I then started on the border.  I made rupees (the money in the game) by using hourglass blocks to make the points and squares to create them. I also cut up strips of the dark and light green to make a "pixel" border around the rupees.  I reused leftover fabric so I had limited amounts of strips I could make.

Here's the top with the added rupee border.

 I added a small blue border and another green border. I also added more embroidery to the rupees.

Once the top was finished, I started quilting it.  I wanted to put the game's legend in the triforce.  I drew out the words on freezer paper to get the spacing right and then transferred it onto the triforce. Quilting the words was not fun, but it does look nice.

Here is the finished quilting in the triforce:

I quilted the rest of the quilt with leaves, triangles, and swirls.

I wanted to add one extra detail, so I decided at the last minute to add Navi the fairy.  She's basically a big blue ball with wings.
I then quilted in her lines from the game.  All she says is "Hey" and "Listen".

For the back, I decided to do a name-tag that looks like the life hearts in the game. I embroidered "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this." as it's a famous quote from the game.
Here is the finished project! Hope you enjoy it.