Hello Friends! I hope you are doing well. I am sharing with you today another recently featured quilt of mine that has been claimed by Miss Baby – my “A Tale as Tall as a Tree” quilt in Quilter’s World‘s October 2012. She calls it her Safari quilt. So far it has been used during naptime as a blanket, as well as a make-shift tent. I feel like this is the “All Creatures Great and Small” quilt in our family.
This quilt project is actually a “dressed up” panel quilt using pieced blocks to frame the focal panel from RJR Fabrics‘ Silly Suggestions for Kids collection. This collection also has a more girly panel besides the animal panel. The fabrics are current as of this posting. You might find them at your local quilt shops, if not, definitely on-line.
For some reason, I am in love with these bow tie blocks, especially the tan ones. That tan polka dot fabric doesn’t seem to be a common one.
The ease of constructing a panel quilt makes it highly highly conducive for practicing quilting. I love making panel quilts because that means I can get to the quilting part quicker! Quilting on this quilt was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk batting.
And zooming in, you can see the little touches I added to the panel, giving personality to the animals and their surroundings. See the differences between the before and after pictures.
After (trees, veins were quilted on leaves):
After (sky, swirls quilted with variegated thread to give the illusion of airflow):
After (hippo, circles were quilted on hippo’s body to give its skin a bit of texture):
After (lion, see the up-do he got on his mane?):
After (grass on the ground):
Quilting on the bow tie blocks:
Quilting on the panel border – you can see how I did it here:
Here is a parting shot of the quilt to wish you a lovely day!
Now curious mind wants to know…
1. what you think about panel quilts, and if you make them;
2. if you would be interested (ever) in a panel quilt quilt-along with me, with the emphasis on the quilting part. I can’t promise anything, but I have been toying with the idea…
Alrightie, I have GOT to run. I am not quite sure where my time has gone this week. If all things go well, I will be doing my follow-up post on “So how would you quilt this?” tomorrow. I am hopeful I would have a bit more time this weekend for me to visit you back. Hugs to you all!