This one is tropical, though not about Gilligan and his friends.
This is the story of a swap quilt made for the March/April 2011 STUD swap on Flickr.
I was assigned the task of making a little quilt that reflected one or more of my partner's favorite things.
My partner, FlossieBlossoms (great name isn't it?!) listed these as her favorites:
FlossieBlossoms says:Whew, just made it! :)
2. Pirate stuff
3. My white cat, Nosey Parker
5. Margaritas/Limes/Humor ('cause I needed to slip that in somewhere!) I know, brand new and already breaking the rules, for SHAME!
With that in mind, I went to the Dallas Quilt Celebration looking for inspiration.
What I found was a kit for this quilt, a half yard of fabric with surfing pets on it, and a handful of tropical looking batik fat quarters.
I disassembled the kit and replaced most of the fabrics with my new happier ones. One piece of fabric that I did keep was the bit of creamy Minkee that was intended for the kitty's body. (Oh yeah! This kitty was going to be soft.) The pattern I kept. It is called Mushkit and was created by Helen Knott's of Story Quilts. You can find it here http://www.storyquilts.com/html/cats.html, along with a slew of other deliciously fun critters.
Step one: Fusible Applique
Although Helen doesn't advocate one type of applique over another, in her directions she gives instructions for several, I chose the fusible route. Minkee can be a tricky fabric to work with. It is very soft and wonderful to include in a quilt; however it is knit (causing it to stretch a bit) and plush (making for lots of fuzzy edges.)
The makers of my kit included a bit of light weight fusible stabilizer. Brilliance!! This worked perfectly to keep the stretchiness under control. I ironed it to the back of the Minkee.
|This be the ghost of the dread pirate NP....before I sewed everything down and added the details.|
I really believe that true. The individual steps to making any quilt are not particularly difficult, or glorious. The thing that sets one quilt apart from another is the details.
My kitty is only on a tropical beach because I chose fabric that implied it. She could have just as easily been a desert or mountain kitty if the background were different.
|A bright batik frame adds to the happy tropical feel. Sewing down the fused pieces helps add definition.|