This is my second applique quilt and the first with animals in them. This story started with my friend asking me last month to make her a toddler sized animal quilt. My first thought was to make it with animal panels, but one doesnt find them locally. So I had to think up an appliqued one. After browsing through Pinterest for days and yet not being able to locate one which was easy for an applique beginner, I decided to draw the animals myself.
I started looking at pictures from everywhere, especially from my little one’s colouring books and started drawing them with pencil and eraser after taping together A4 printer sheets from the home printer to make larger sheets.
A giraffe was the first to come by and then a monkey!
Soon followed by a lion, a crocodile and an elephant! The elephant is the only one that is in a non green background owing to the fact that the quilt was looking tooo green, much like a rain-forest. It just called out for a little pop of the sky 🙂
Maybe just the color…
These are cut from paper interfacing, ironed onto fabric and cut from yardage keeping about 0.25″ extra along the borders. Here I had to be extra careful with the bodies of the animals as the process actually takes mirror images of all the forms and shapes.
Next started the arduous task of turning them back and hand sewing each part. Followed by machine sewing the applique on the quilt top.
And many nights later, the quilt top was ready. The quilting per se was easy to come by. I made a leaf-flower quilting design on the borders and base with different colours and designs for the bodies of the animals. The quilt looks better than I expected and I have got good reviews from quilty friends and family on this one.
Seems so worth it. Here it is in the kid’s play area 🙂
Name: Animal Applique Quilt
Method: needle turn applique
FMQ:flower and leaf motif on the border and various others on the animal bodies
Thread: Calypso in neon and dark green
Size: 60″ X 40″
Tagging this to Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy mom’ quilts.