Another Finish: Hank, Frankly


So I actually just finished this, the big reveal is just in time for The Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! I was hoping to finish this for the day it started which was Friday, but you know how it is with life, grumpy sewing machines and such….

There’s something about curling up on the sofa with a glue pen and scissors that becomes addictive, and I can’t stop until the project is finished. This was “pieced” in three to four days, that’s with going to bed at normal time, going to work and such. I used three glue pen refills in total.


If you are new via the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, you won’t be familiar with Hank, so here is my muse…

Originally the right eye looked a bit weird, but when I swapped out the eyelashes for a darker piece, it seemed more cohesive.

It (he?) was then basted and the quilting with monofilament was the first time it saw needle and thread.

As regular visitors will know, I was supposed to submit it for the Fine Art Quilt Masters category at Festival of Quilts as a half-joke, but as I had suspected, I just couldn’t find the time to get the quilting and edge finishing completed for the 1st May deadline which was in place as it’s a juried category. It was then going to be finished earlier in the month but a couple of other things came up (workshop planning, magazine stuff) and my machine had a temper tantrum during the quilting resulting in broken needles and awful tension despite it liking the monofilament I was using the previous time I sat down to work on it. Deep clean, rewound bobbin, new needle, rethread, bobbin tension adjustment… No harm has been done though, it’s now finally finished and I will still be entering it into the (non-juried) Pictorial category at Festival.

OH is asking me where it’s going to be kept…. good question.

Size – 40″ x 41″ at widest points
Number of blocks – n/a
Time to make– about nine hours, I think no, more like 12!
Fabric – Some stash, some scraps but mostly half yards of new very dark blenders I picked up at Fabric Guild
Backing Fabric – Ikea extra cheap duvet cover cut in half.
Binding Fabric – Bias tape binding pulled all the way into the back in black.
Threads – Superior Threads monofilament in clear on the white, light grey and cream bits and Sulky monofilament in smoke on everything else
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant
Quilting- Very free, texture like stitches whilst making sure all of the edges are secure. Basically from experience, the sort of quilting that quilt show judges hate!


Linking up to Amy in the Art Quilt category:

And it’s also a finish along finish!

Right, now I’ve indulged myself with actually finishing a quilt, I am going to work hard at another after work project. I’ve been employed to create a 120 page book layout with tabs and stuff, so I’m trying to get it all done and signed off before my holiday at the end of next month. I think sewing time may be limited for a short while!

EDIT: This quilt is now also my entry to the Pets on Quilts contest! I’m entering the animal themed quilt category. Click here to go back there!


  1. Posted May 17, 2015 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    It’s is amazing Kerry!! It looks so cool hung on your wall! I love the texture of the quilting and you captured Hank beautifully 🙂

  2. Posted May 17, 2015 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    oh Kerry he’s gorgeous! Captures him perfectly and looks great on the wall 🙂

  3. Posted May 17, 2015 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    What a great idea for a beautiful Hank quilt! I love your design and wonderful fabrics 🙂 I love Hank 😉
    Greetings from Poland

  4. StanleyBeagle
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    That looks fantastic! I love how big it is, it just works so well.

  5. Kathy h
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful quilt. I am always in awe of these types of quilts. All those different shadings!! Thanks for sharing. Loved seeing the quilt.

  6. Posted May 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful! It looks just like him

  7. Patti
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! Love your Hank!

  8. Posted May 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    He is just wonderful! You sure captured his soft sweet demeanor 🙂

  9. Posted May 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    He looks great, in the quilt and in person, you have such a great eye for making these art quilts!

  10. Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Well, this is just awesome as always! I love it! It really looks just like Hank too! Great job. 🙂

  11. Janequiltsslowly
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Amazing likeness. Love your comment about quilt show judges. ?

  12. Ella
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s so fabulous! (and I NEVER ask a quilter where it’s going to be kept…my husband has learned never to ask that question.)

  13. Beth T.
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I simply adore this quilt.

    Makes my think my naughty boy deserves one–might soften my heart when he eats something he shouldn’t, or is gnawing on his sister while she howls in distress. He can’t always be sleeping, which is when my heart melts and I say, “Oh, he really is precious, isn’t he?” 😉

  14. Posted May 17, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    the MOST fabulous thing I’ve seen in a long time. Such a wonderful entry I’m not usually that taken by the Art Quilt category and spend more time hopping the others, glad I stopped in.

  15. Posted May 17, 2015 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! It definitely got my eye off the page when I went to check if my link was there, as my sister said she couldn’t see it. Whoa (NINE hours??) and wow and I love it…will you make one of my Rocco? lol I want to know more about this glue pen…is it appliqué methinks? I love that it is just Hank’s head, not then appliquéd onto a square or rectangular quilt…I just love this piece. Forget about voting for my own…wry grin…

  16. Lea
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Oh how adorable and your quilt is beautiful too. 🙂 Fabulous!

  17. Sara
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Oh, he is rather super! I wonder if the eyes will follow everyone around the hall at Festival of Quilts.

  18. Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Hank is adorable and the quilt looks fab 🙂

  19. Heartofcharnwood
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I adore this, it just might be my favourite quilt of the year!

  20. Posted May 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    What a stunner!

  21. Posted May 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    as I told you yesterday, I love this quilt. I think it’s a work of art and such an original idea with it being a cut out, not applique’d onto a background. I will definitely be voting for you

  22. Posted May 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    You are so clever. Really, mind bogglingly original. This is fantastic, I had no idea it was going to be shaped like that. Bravo!!!

  23. Posted May 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Hank is fantastic!!! I hope I’ll get to see this one in person at some point during FoQ 🙂

  24. Posted May 18, 2015 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Love this guy! Your photo of it on the wall and on the floor with your puppy are really great – helps to show how big this is. I especially love the way you have cut him out rather than make a boring square. Just precious really! I hope it wins something wonderful at Festival. It certainly deserves it.

  25. Posted May 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    This made me smile. Great story and great finish!

  26. Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Love this so much, really like that its its own self and not on a background – my favourite quilt this year for sure!

  27. Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Hank is awesome!! (both the live one and the quilty one! 😉 )

  28. Posted May 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is amazing! I love the picture with Hank sitting next to the quilt. Grats on a wonderful finish!

  29. Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    That is very cool! Love it!

  30. bekki
    Posted May 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing! It looks great on the wall. I wonder if Hank recognises himself. 🙂

  31. Posted May 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I just want to reach out and pet pet pet. You captured him completely. It’s adorable. Love it and great work.

  32. kath
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Nice work! It looks just like him.

  33. Posted May 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Very cute and made me laugh. 🙂

  34. Posted May 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Instantly drawn to this one! We have a pointer too. Humorous and fun!

  35. Posted May 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    love it ! Hank is so gorgeous in art and in real life !

  36. Posted May 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    wow! It’s just wonderful!!! Amazing!!!

  37. karen
    Posted May 27, 2015 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Kerry, I just spotted (and voted for) you on the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival. I love your designs and your animal quilts and their wonderful sense of fun! Based on your blog, you certainly are an enthusiastic and gifted quilter and artist!

  38. Posted May 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    He’s adorable…both the real and the fabric version!

  39. Posted May 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Voted, obviously!! 🙂

  40. Posted May 31, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Greetings from Poland

  41. Posted May 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm | Permalink


  42. Posted June 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    My congratulations on winning the 1st prize in the category of the competition. Your patchwork is very nice. I send greetings from Poland

  43. Posted August 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Astonishing art quilt Kerry! I’m so impressed with your skill in capturing Hank’s expression and interpreting it in fabric! Hank is a total sweetie pie too! Found you through Pets on Quilts.

  44. Posted August 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Penny! I love this dog, great to see it again! It looks so real and beautiful like the model! x Teje

  45. JLVerde
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous (both the quilt and the muse!).

  46. Dana Gaffney
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that is wonderful, I love your quilt and the muse.

  47. Posted August 18, 2015 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Unbeliveable likeness. Fabulous finish. Great job.

  48. Sharon
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    WOnderful quilt and what an awesome muse!

  49. Posted August 18, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Wow! That is a very cool quilt! I have never seen anything like it. Love it. So very clever in its details and construction.

  50. Posted August 18, 2015 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Hank is absolutely adorable! You have done a fabulous job of capturing his likeness in fabric. And the quilting looks fantastic. Very well done!

  51. leeanne
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful quilt! Absolutely love this and a wonderful memory of your furry companion. Great job.

  52. Susan
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Larger than life and it looks great. Captures your dog really well.

  53. Frances
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Amazing – hope to see the quilt in the flesh in the near future.

  54. Posted August 19, 2015 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I am popping over from Pets on Quilts 2015 and wow, what a terrific quilt and so clever. Good Luck in the vote and I hope you will come and visit my entry too…..Callie is #26 on the list.

  55. Posted August 19, 2015 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Very nice! Love how three dimentioal ir kicks.

  56. Jacque (aka Snoodles)
    Posted August 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kerry! It’s so good to see you again! This is an amazing quilt…thank you so much for joining our party!

  57. Posted August 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that (he) is incredible! Very artistic. I’m from the Pets on Quilts contest, and you did a lovely job on yours.

  58. Posted August 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    This is so amazing, and the size….WOW!! What a wonderful tribute to Hank, who by the way is a cutie!

  59. Posted August 21, 2015 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    You are so very talented!

  60. Posted August 21, 2015 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Oh my, what a stunning quilt! From the linky I thought it was a photo of your dog, so what a total surprise to click and see it is a giant wall portrait quilt. Absolutely, positively, most definitely, amazing…

  61. Posted August 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Your dog portrait quilt is AMAZING! What a beautiful quilt you have created!!
    It is a fun post to read, too!

  62. Posted August 22, 2015 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Hank is a handsome dog and your quilt is stunning. Truly one which I hope you enter in various quilt shows. While I’m delighted to see you “updated” an old post to share in the Pets on Quilts Show, I was thinking that in keeping with the blogging spirit of any event, that a new post was required. Certainly helps to get more people to participate and visit all the blogs too. Still, I’m glad to meet Hank and see your spectacular quilt and I truly do want to encourage you to enter your Hank Quilt in various quilt shows. GREAT job.


  63. Posted August 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Just WOW! I too thought it was a photo of your dog from the linky thumbnail and am simply stunned! Fantastic job!

  64. Posted August 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Hank is fabulous! Both in fur and fabric!

  65. Posted August 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    This quilt is simply AMAZING!! The fact that you captured Hank using fabric blows my mind. I took a paint your pet class and I remember the instructor saying that pets with black fur are the hardest to paint because of the shadows you have to create and you did that perfectly with the colors and prints that you chose.

  66. Posted August 27, 2015 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Your Hank quilt is amazing, Kerry.

  67. Karen Thurn
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Your quilt is truly amazingly real. I had to look twice to make sure it was fabric and not the real thing.

  68. Michele T
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! This is very impressive and you have done a fabulous job!!!

  69. Debi
    Posted August 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! I thought the thumbnail on Lilypad was the real Hank LOL!

  70. Posted August 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! I can’t believe you appliqued all of this. wow. and the quilting is wonderful too. You have my vote in the Pets on Quilts show.

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