My latest commission project is a baby boy quilt for a bub due in Feb 15′ – his name is Oscar! The soon to be mum had a very specific design in mind to match Oscar’s nursery, which is jungle themed. She requested bright blues, oranges and greens, with some kind of contrast in there. Her inspiration was a Lamaze toy. She also wanted animals and Oscar’s name appliqued onto the quilt, which was really daunting for me! Awhile ago I mentioned I wanted to applique and I asked for some advice. Most people said to practice over and over, and take it really slow. More on the applique part to come shortly.
I bought 7 different fabrics for this quilt;
- Mid blue – solid
- Various blue – pattern
- Bright orange – solid
- Various orange – pattern
- Light green
- B&W chevron
- Off white polka dot
Once I started laying out the fabric, I had quite a few change of hearts regarding the layout of the top RHS block – the B&W chevron fabric was so much more of a contrast than I originally expected.
I decided on keeping the chevron in the end though, and this is a progress shot of the quilt layout. The bottom right polka dot rectangle would have Oscar’s name, and the top left and diagonal rectangle would have 2 animals appliqued.
I practiced applique on different fabrics before I attempted this. Thank goodness for my new sewing machine, and it’s speed control and blanket stitch – it saved my sanity here! Here’s some shot of the applique once completed. I used stabiliser on the back as recommended whilst I was reading up on applique, and I attached the fabric to each layer with fusible web. Slow and steady was definitely the way here. I completed Oscar’s name first, and the ‘O’ took me about an hour! Surprisingly I found that corners were actually much harder for me than curves. I thought it would be the other way around, and was really dreading the ‘O’ but that letter was actually okay. The ‘R’ was actually the hardest letter!
The giraffe was also a little difficult with it’s different components. I read up on layering applique, and studied the giraffe a lot to ensure I wouldn’t end up unnecessary bulk on the layers, and it worked out really well I think.
This is the quilt top all assembled and pressed. I’m SUPER happy with the way it has turned out, and I think I’ve met my customer’s brief. The applique which really daunted me to begin with seems a lot more accomplishable now, and I’m pretty excited to have nearly completed my first applique project!
I’ll be straight line quilting in the blank rectangles with different coloured thread, and I’ll be sure to post a picture of this quilt once it’s all done.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this quilt .. Please consider leaving a comment with any thoughts you have, and Happy New Year everyone!
Here’s to a safe and creative 2015 for everyone xxx