Notice the quilt on the last post.....
about 5 weeks before Lucy's birthday i decided i would make her a quilt!
Only having made 2 small quilts and determined not to use the rotary cutter i called this my 'ripper' quilt.
Not being able to find interesting fantasy, black or silver fabrics ;) or being totally blank on a theme, i came upon this lovely range of batiks from Honeysuckle Glass in Bendigo. I knew lots of things i didn't want. Didnt want it patch-y or flat , fiddly cutting or making up, and the things i did, horses and dogs but not too appliquey...... i dint actually measure anyhting, just snipped and ripped [but paid for it later]
So starting with bottom i worked my up, trying to do it between Lucy's classes and my work , nearly got caught twice but i think it was a surprise :) I had help from other accomplices in keeping her out of the house on the weekends too!
the whippies took ages to do! i traced the images onto interfacing and stitched them very carefully around the outside from the back. This needed to be really accurate as they have such a definate line/body shape. then i turned it over and freemotioned the front. I thought that would take ages but was surprisingly quick.
i added some small strips of fantasy fabric , they just add that bit of bling, yes she has sequin waste in her quilt!
Faux chennile i think this is called. I just sewed random pleats and then stitched them down one way then the other.
because its so big i sent it to a professional quilter to be quilted. She was great and finished it in 2 days for me as we were running out of time. I still need to add a label but for a non quilter i think it turned out pretty well.
oh and next time i will rotary cut because i had all sorts of trouble getting it square...ha!
ps, just clicked all the close ups, you'll have to excuse the dog hairs!!!