So here is my newest project. This is being made for my new great-nephew. I decided I was going to use the churn dash pattern in this quilt because the baby's name is Dash. I had to change the design in it a bit because I felt that churn dash was just too boring by itself.. Here is what I came up with:
And then I found the fabric and fell in love with the cute little animals on it... perfect for a baby boy. But the pattern needed something more so the fabric became my inspiration.
After a couple of weeks of searching for cute patterns I decided to create my own pattern. I must say I think I hesitated for a couple of weeks before I sat down and actually drew them out... Here is one of the sketches...
Not only did I create this one, but I also made one of a giraffe, an elephant and a frog. After much preparation here is what the pieced blocks look like. These are far from complete. I still need to do some satin stitching to complete the detail work on the blocks. If you look close enough (and past my stamp) you can see the detail lines.. The frog is especially hard to see...
These little guys are going to be used in the center of the churn dash... I thought they turned out pretty darn cute!! I may have to copyright the pattern and sell them! Once these are finished and put into the quilt I will post it here! What do you think?
I saw the coolest dragonfly yesterday. He was buzzing past me while I was walking and it caught my eye. The neatest part was that he stopped--as if to show off and let me see him. This is what he looked like: Usually in this area (Pacific NW) you see a blue or green dragonfly. I have lived here all my life and have never seen a striped dragonfly! This striped one didn't have the bright colors like the other ones, but I could not help but notice how different he was! I did not take these pictures, they were ones I found on the net. I wish I had a camera yesterday. It was just too cool!
Wow! Life has been so busy! I finished this one about 2 weeks ago and I'm just now getting it posted on my blog!!! EEESH! This one took alot of 'planning-as-you-go'. There are 22 different fabrics in this quilt. I'm really excited to get this one up on the long-arm to quilt it out! I have always wanted a Fall quilt and I've never had the time during the fall to make one. I love the pattern. It is very forgiving when it comes to matching seams. And this one pieced together very well. It was a little mind-boggling at times because I had to plan for the next row 2 rows in advance, but it was fun!