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Aug 16 / Dani

Love it When it Works Out

**Edited to add – the tutorial is now available! Go check it out!**

You know how you get those ideas in your head of something you want to make or do, and you wonder…is this going to be one of those things that seems like a grand plan in my head but it a total bust in the real world? I had one of those that actually worked out!

I saw this picture on Pinterest a while back:

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and thought, hey! That would make a great baby quilt! So….I made one!

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I made a few adjustments to colors and placement based on what I thought the animals were (thought that one in the middle should be a shrimp, and the fish looked better down in the corner). I used a modified drunkards path block for the shapes, which made the process sort of like a fun kids puzzle. (I used Kona Organic Cotton Solids for the shapes, and Kona Snow for the background.)

 

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I had embroidered the noses and eyes so that they would be safe for the baby (nothing like a button that could be pulled off).

 

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For the backing I found the perfect rainbow chevron (Multi Chevron in Rainbow by Riley Blake). I added some little strips of Kona Chartreuse on the top and bottom so that it was the correct size. The quilting I kept to a simple meander, because I didn’t want it to detract from the animals.

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For the binding, I used Remix Stripe in Bright, because I cannot resist stripey binding or a rainbow!

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I am really thrilled with how the whole thing came out. TJ was able to deliver the quilt in person on Monday evening when he was traveling for work, and it turns out just in time! Our friends had their wee boy yesterday. I am so excited for them!

I am planning on making another one of these in the near future – would anyone be interested in me doing a tutorial on how I made it? Let me know if there is, and I will take more pictures of the process.

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Yay for things working out!

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  1. Lina / Jan 23 2015

    i’m so excited to try to make this beautiful quilt for my sister’s baby to come! I am fairly new at making quilts- have made 4 so far. My question is how the quarter circles that make up the different animals are pieced together with the white ground fabric. What shapes should I cut the white ground in? Or, are the animals top applied onto one large white ground
    Piece…?

    Thanks!
    Lina

  2. Eddy / Mar 5 2015

    Amazing idea!! Yes, please do a tutorial! Planning to try this as well.

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