Woodland Creatures Baby Quilt

This quilt was for a friend as a surprise at her baby shower.  I knew we wanted to tie in to her overall theme of woodland creatures, and I did several searches for different images.  In the end, I went with the images on her actual shower invitation.  (She loves sloths, so we snuck in one of those as well!)

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I traced the images onto basic copy paper and then retraced them backwards onto fusible interfacing.

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From there, the layering process began.  I had to trace each layer backwards onto the fusible interfacing as well and then iron them on top of one another.  I’ll admit there were several times here where I thought of different ways to simplify, but in the end it just wouldn’t do.  The fox was simplified accidentally, but that was about it.

 

From there, I ironed them into place and used a large mushroom top to hide their bottoms behind because the original images were cropped as well.  It look some rearranging before I finally hit this layout.

 

Going back and adding in the white “light spots” on the eyes was one of the best moves I did.  Before that, they looked cute but kind of flat.  They had a deadpan look that kept them lifeless.  The sloth, especially, looked somewhat stoned.

And one again, I added a close-set zigzag stitch to finish off the applique elements.

The reason everything was right at the bottom was because we intended for people to be able to sign the quilt with well-wishes for the new family.

Here’s a video of the sweet soon-to-be parents receiving their surprise!

 

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The Flash Baby Quilt

My sister is very good at getting me out of my comfort zone when it comes to quilt designs.  She’s not a quilter herself, but she has a great eye for detail and can think up some really fun ideas.  So when she asked me to make a baby quilt for a friend that was Flash-themed, I knew it was going to be fun.

I looked around online and found a few ideas.  Some of them were gorgeous, but I didn’t have the time to devote to them.  And then I found this minimalist poster from Andres RomeroHe’s done a bunch of them, and the simplicity was promising.

We decided that this image was perfect, and we would add in some type of full-bodied image at the bottom, maybe with the running motion.

The actual face was easy because I just appliqued the shapes on.

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After that, I did the same for the running figure.  We played around with the idea of having gray gradient figures spaced out behind him, but time constraints prevented that.  So I decided that I would use a quilting design echoing behind him to get the same effect.  I like how it turned out.

I quilted over the whole thing with an homage to the lightening shown behind Flash in comics while he’s running. It does look a bit like a heartbeat, though.  Oh well.

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My sister picked out a Super Friends themed fabric for the backing.

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With so many angles, I decided to soften it a bit by curving the edges.  I like the overall effect!

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