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« on: February 23, 2008 07:23:42 PM »

I am truly humbled by all the fantastic quilting talents on this forum, so it is very intimidating to post this!  But I AM proud of my little quilt, so here goes....

My sister and I wanted to make a quilt for my son, while I was still pregnant with him, and before we knew his gender.  We were keeping our eyes open for an inspiration, and while shopping in the dollar store, found this adorable journal:

However, we are both newbies when it comes to quilting, and couldn't imagine piecing, much less appliqueing, the little characters.  But we do know how to paint, so that's what we did.

My sister is an accomplished artist, so she had the task of drawing the little animals onto the fabric.  We then mixed some cheap acrylic paints with fabric medium, and painted the animals.  Once dry, we heat-set them, and pieced the top together.

That was 4 years ago.  I'm a terrible procrastinator.
Now that I'm expecting a new baby in about 7 weeks, I'm in full-on nesting mode.  I pulled this quilt top out of my sewing cabinet, and finally assembled the batting and backing.  As I don't know how to quilt, I just made it a simple hand-tied quilt.  My son, now almost 4 (!!!!) absolutely loves his quilt.

Overall shot... sorry about the wrinkles.  It was fresh out of the dryer:

The paint has not bled, and isn't stiff.  It gets softer the more it is washed.  Some areas have faded slightly, which I like, but most areas have not.


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Thanks for looking at my loooong post. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008 07:29:31 PM »

The quilt is adorable.  The animals you chose are a great choice!
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008 07:33:06 PM »

I think you did a GREAT job! (You and your sister!) The animals are wonderful! I love their simplicity. You can't look at them and NOT smile. What a happy quilt!!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008 08:10:38 PM »

that is so sweet!
i don't think i've seen anything like it before, but it think it's a great idea and quite wonderfully done.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008 08:14:59 PM »

So cute! They all looked appliqued (sp?), I sat starring to make sure you weren't joshing us! So cute! Clicking this rocks.

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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008 08:36:01 PM »

Love, love LOVE this!!! This is a fabulous quilt! What wonderful designs ... your sis did a great job, too! How many exclamation points can I use in one post?!?   Grin

I've tried painting on fabric but was turned off when it seemed so stiff after I heat set it. I'm really glad to hear that it softens with more washing. Funny thing is I was painting animals for a baby quilt, too!

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008 08:38:37 PM »

So cute! They all looked appliqued (sp?), I sat starring to make sure you weren't joshing us!
LOL!  Noooo... applique is waaay out of our league.  We just made it work for us, with what we knew how to do.  (did that make sense?) 

Thanks, all, for the sweet comments! Smiley  And I love exclamation points, too, kimby!!!

« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008 09:11:32 PM »

OMG, that is awesome!  I'm in love with the jellyfish!  Yay for using what you know how to do!  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008 02:46:32 AM »

This is so precious!  I love it and I'm sure your children will too.

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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008 06:26:40 AM »

The characters on your quilt are wonderful!!  Great job!
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