|Zoology in Sea by Michael Miller|
I used a circle template and drew two clouds with a flat bottoms. Are those cumulus clouds? I'm not sure.
|Clouds with angled straight line quilting to represent rain|
Planning to applique the quilt top at a Sew-In day with my local modern quilt guild, I prepared the elephant, bird and two clouds ahead of time. I chose an almost white background, Modern Background Paper XOXO.
Guild members suggested I add a third cloud and have it going off the edge of the quilt. You wouldn't believe, the fabric for the third cloud, V & Co Ombre Dots in aquatic blue, was on the free-for-all table at the sew-in.
I managed to finish all of the satin stitch machine applique at the sew-in and here's the top on my design wall back at home.
|Free Ride quilt top|
Here's a closer look at the elephant and bird.
|Elephant and bird appliqued to background fabric|
Now that the quilt top was done, it was on to the quilting. And guess what...more walking foot quilting!
I'll show you the finished quilt and then explain how I went about quilting it which is very similar to how I quilted Witco's Daisies.
|Free Ride baby quilt with an elephant, bird and clouds|
I first quilted the horizontal lines below the elephant to establish the ground. The lines are about 3/4" apart and were marked with the Creative Grids Yardstick ruler and my favorite Clover hera marker. I decided that 3/4" spacing might be too dense and quilted the 'sky' with lines about an inch apart.
I quilted the lines of the sky at an angle to represent rain. I started quilting from the top. When I reached the horizontal line, I stitched right on top of my previous quilting line, made a U-turn and ended at the top again. I didn't mark every single line with the hera marker, just every other one. I just eyeballed it and quilted between the two lines on the return pass.
|Every other quilting line marked with the hera marker|
The only time I used a making pen was to mark the distance where I needed to stop and pivot for the return quilting line. Can you see the blue dots on the horizontal line? And yes, I quilted right over the applique which I also did on Witco's Daisies.
|Straight line quilting with a walking foot on Free Ride|
The label was handwritten with a permanent marker. The process is explained in this blog post. Just ignore the Great Aunt part, I'm feeling a little ancient! Part of the label was stitched in with the machine binding. The only part which was hand stitched was the right side.
|Handwritten quilt label and stitched mainly by machine|
I didn't think it would be that noticeable and stitched over the previous quilting lines to attach the label. Can you see the lines? The 2nd and 6th horizontal lines are where I machine stitched on the label.
|From the front where I machine stitched the label|
And since this was for a boy and fairly light and would probably go through many washings, I attached the binding by machine.
|Detail of Free Ride with backing and machine binding|
Free Ride was folded and wrapped the evening before the shower. That was close, but it was finished on time!
|Free Ride baby quilt folded and ready to be wrapped|
- Finished size: Approx. 40" x 40" (Limited backing fabric determined the size)
- Pattern: Elephant enlarged from Zoology fabric in an original setting
- Fabrics: Background - XOXO in Silver and White from Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic for Moda; Backing - Zoology in Sea from Michael Miller; Binding - Dot and Square from Mini Mikes from Michael Miller
- Thread: Applique - Mettler and Aurifil; Quilting - Aurifil 2600 Dove Gray
- Quilting design: Straight line with walking foot
- Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
- Completed: August 2016