Friday, 11 May 2012

to the zoo with you

I am so excited to have this quilt finished. I'd planned on taking a little trip out to find some fun animals, we have highland cattle in the farm up the road from us and they have babies at the minute (too cute). But when it's not raining it's blowing a gale. So here you go - same old boring photos as always.

a trip to the zoo


I had so much fun with this quilt, planning it beforehand and plotting how I wanted it to look and then really just working it out as I went along, which isn't how I normally do things. I like traditional structure, improv and me never seem to work out ok. Except for this time.

a trip to the zoo

I quilted in a cross-hatch - without marking any lines, except for the first one, and then eye-balling it the rest of the time so it looks sketchy and fits with the hand drawn nature of the fabrics.

I mark one line so I know I have a rough starting point - and can then follow it without being too precise.

quilting

As always, I used Aurifil 50wt. I used that throughout, for piecing, quilting and sewing the binding on. I didn't think I'd ever say this, but since I've been quilting a little bit more recently and not sending everything out, I'm kinda enjoying it. I still don't enjoy free motion quilting, maybe I should set a target for myself to quilt a few things free motion and get some practise in. Maybe. I do like straight lines, these are spaced from about 1/2" apart. They're dull to do but the effect is lovely.

Oh - the back....

happy drawing

I used up the rest of the panel and some other prints to show off how the different scales work together. I love the back almost as much as the front.


Time to pack this little baby up and take him for his trip to the Cloud 9 Booth at Spring Market, if you're going too, won't you head over and say hi to him? It's a big adventure for a little quilt.


Quilt Deets;
Trip to the Zoo
finished size - 48"x52"
fabrics used - happy drawing by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 fabrics and white klona cotton
(happy drawing is available from here, if you can find it anywhere else, snap it up super fast - it is selling out quickly)

52 comments:

Charlotte said...

so cute! I love the quilting. It's funny, I feel about straight lines the way you do about FMQ. Just can't get to grips with them!

Justine said...

Its just too cute and in my opinion the back is as good as the front making the quilt reversible = bonus!!

I just ordered my Happy Drawings this morning before it flies off the shelves!

Judith said...

It's really beautiful. You see you can quilt lovely lines even if you don't want to :-)

Kristy said...

I can't decide which side I love most! Gorgeous.

Swedish Scrapper said...

I'm not sure if you were going for this, but I love the way it looks like pictures hanging on the wall. And indeed, the back is almost as good as the front.

Helen said...

I love, love this quilt. It's a perfect showcase for this line. I can't get to grips with FMQ either, in fact the thought of it scares me a bit. Happy weekend Ms Monkey :-)

Jess said...

I really love this quilt Katy! Love the improv, love the quilting.I think I'll have to get me hands on some of that fabric...

Spoolhardy Girl said...

I love this so so much! That fabric is awesome, and you showcased it brilliantly! Love the quilting as well. Won't be long now, people will be sending their tops to you!

dottycookie said...

Just gorgeous. My kids are a bit beyond the animals stage but I think I would like this just for me!!

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

This is so adorable! Nicely done!

patchworkdelights said...

wow wow and wow, it looks great and I love the back too!

Annabellouise said...

Love the zoo quilt. The machine stitching is also amazing.

Heather said...

I love it

Pamela Nees said...

Such a nice little quilt! Someone will certainly enjoy cuddling under this one day!!

Cat Rowe said...

Aewsome quilt, love the improv design & fabrics you've used. Esp love the back.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Adorable! The design is fantastic and the quilting is perfect!

beth lehman said...

i LOVE it!!!! fantastic job - i love both sides equally - that fabric really takes me back~! funny, your perfect straight line quilting is something i wish i could do - all i do is free motion!

MariQuilts said...

This is fabulous...great idea for using these fabrics.

Debbie said...

very nice - love your take on improv and also really like your quilting. using the panel on the back is a fun choice.

Katie B. said...

This makes me happy! I have some of this fabric, and I love seeing how you used it.

RWL said...

soooo cute! i need to get some of this fabric right away!

Melissa said...

I'd say that improv thing worked out incredibly well for you! Such a happy, colorful quilt!

Teje said...

Fantastic!

mascanlon said...

Such a fun quilt Katy! Remember when I totally copy it that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Svetlana said...

Gorgeous!!! this is one amazing, adorable quilt.

Beth Ellen said...

Really, really great use of some very cool fabrics--a winner, for sure-nice job!!

Audrie said...

So cute! Give improv and FMQ a go... you can scream as you do the latter. No one will judge.

Ramona said...

You don't need the farm animals for excitement...this quilt is all the excitement you need. Awesome job. Just makes me smile. Ashamed to say this fabric line hasn't made an impression on me up to now. May have to rethink that. Love how you used the "pre-cut" fabric as backing.

Judith, Belfast said...

Uber cute K! Great quilting too! Jxo

Ashlea Tenner said...

Very Cute!!

Rosa said...

Very, very cute quilt:-)
And thanks for the link, I must get me some Klona cotton;-)

holly | bijou lovely said...

I adore this quilt Katy! The improv blocks and the quilting look great, and now I really want this fabric! Wish I could come visit the quilt (and you!) at market :)

Kris(ten) said...

Absolutely adorable front and back. It's a treasure hunt to find all the cute little animals hiding all over.
What a great job you did.

Yay, Katy!

Flying Blind... said...

You know Customs take a very dim view of smuggling wild animals in your suitcase!

Cherie said...

Awesome quilt! Love the fabric choice, the quilt design you made up yourself and the quilting. You can never fail with straight lines =D

I'm thinking of hosting a swap. Let me know if you're interested

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Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, it looks fabby! Love the improviness and the quilting

Maureen T. said...

It's fabulous! I love the improv and the quilting too!

Carla said...

Love everything about it---- the straight lines are brilliant

Dawn said...

This is the cutest quilt I've seen in a long time! It is just tooooo adorable!!!

**nicke... said...

oh the back! love it! love it all! xoxo also, the quilting is effing awesome!

Betty C said...

I absolutely love the straight line quilting. It is not distracting like a lot of swirls and curls. Your animal quilt is perfect in every way.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I love your quilt and you shouldn't feel bad about straight line quilting. It looks terrific!

diane said...

I love this quilt and like you i am new to quilting my own quilts and love straight line quilting. For me it works even tho it takes forever!

Emma said...

Love the quilt! Got a totally unrelated question for you, though, so hopefully you see this comment and can email me back.

Since I'm just starting English Paper Piecing, and you seem to be quite the expert, what kind of thread would you recommend for sewing the pieces together? I'm just using my regular old piecing thread for basting my pieces, but I'm thinking that a thinner thread would probably be better at sewing the pieces together invisibly. My project is my handwork while I'm in the great land of Afghanistan, but I can buy stuff online and have it shipped to me (hopefully) no problem. I still have 96 more pieces to baste in my not-so-common spare time before I start sewing together though.

Thanks for the help!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's a stunning quilt - I'd say you and improv go well together!

Eva said...

I love it!!! It's really fun and showcases the fabrics really well! I haven't had the courage to try improv, yet. I'm also more for structure when it comes to crafting projects. And guess what: I ordered a yard of the whole collection!! I blame you ... or should I say thank you?! :-)

GravityAnn said...

I find inspiration in all your work, but this one is truly magical. Great quilt!

Pippa said...

So lovely! The perfect way to show off those fabrics.

Sheila said...

Great quilt, love the quilting.

Claire Jain said...

So cute! I like everything about it. My favorite block is the one with the little animal parade on the front :-)

Jacey said...

Excellent use of such happy happy fabrics. I bought a piece of the lions to make some little adorable thing for my nephew, and I really want more (for me!).

Robin said...

oh my goodness this is adorable! i just love it! the quilting is fabulous! i really need to make lillie an "i spy" quilt, she just loves pointing at everything and trying to say what it is!

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