The Iron Throne
Created by Candace West
Quilted leather art piece using new materials and techniques I am currently experimenting with. Leather, heat transfer vinyl, computerized cutting, and chainmail.
The quilt focuses on the nine houses that are fighting for the Iron Throne, (from the television series Game of Thrones based on the book series by George R. R. Martin.) Each diamond block has the sigil emblem of one of the houses in their standards colors. The houses are placed in the quilt in the same N/S/E/W position as their geographic location in the fantasy world they inhabit. The corners depict the Iron Throne, which was made with the swords of the vanquished armies that came before them.
Specs and Details
Size:40” x 54”
Quilting: Hand guided quilting on an Innova 22" longarm.
Time to complete: Who knows? I worked on this off and on between teaching gigs since November 2016. Design and top construction about 2 months. The quilting took approximately 4 weeks, chainmail about 3 weeks. Finishing hardware – 1 week.
Leather Used: 3 Silver lambskins approx. 10 sq feet each, ¼ hide of Grey cow plonge, Fat quarter sizes of all the other colors which include pig, cow and lamb.
Applique and Flanges: Siser Easy Weed Extra heat transfer vinyl. All cut with my KNK Maxx Air cutting machine and heat pressed (fused) to the leather.
Metal: 240 rivets, 449 grommets, 3530 chainmail rings (all chainmail was handmade by the artist, one link at a time in a European 4 and 1 pattern on the bias), 5 decorative conchos.
Lacing: 60 feet of 1.5 mm silver leather cord.
Thread: 2000 yards of Twist thread from Superior, 7 bobbins of Bottom Line (Superior M size) various colors of Invisafil from Wonderfil. Around 300,000 stitches at 13 SPI.
Batting: Quilters Dream Poly on the bottom, Quilters Dream Blend on the top and Hobbs Wool for the trapunto under the appliques.
Backing: Upholstery weight décor print fabric.
Drugs: One full bottle of Tylenol and lots of sugar!
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