Sunday, 1 April 2012

A mini menagerie

One of my local quilting haunts, Marally Craft, generously provided me with some fabric to make up a sample for an upcoming craft fair.
 
This cot quilt is an adaptation of the small quilt in my 'Abracadabra' pattern. 
I simply replaced a row of blocks in the original pattern with some raw-edge appliqued animals from the feature fabric. 
The quilt is made entirely from flannel fabrics, mostly from Laura Berringer's range called 'Fluffy Jungle' for Marcus Fabrics, with a couple of 'Celebrate Seuss' flannels by Robert Kaufmann for good measure. 
The feature print from the 'Fluffy Jungle range proved to be perfect for fussy-cutting and appliquéing, with 'stitching lines' all but printed on the fabric for you to follow - sweet!
It is a very cuddly little quilt, and my first serious venture into the world of flannels. I found the fabrics have a little more 'stretch' or 'give' in them than quilting cottons, but were easy to use, and appliqued nicely with the help of some Heat-n-Bond Lite.
My bent for pieced backings continues unabated - I incorporated some left over blocks in the backing, primarily to give me a bit more width to play with since the quilt is so close to 44" (one fabric width) finished. See, there is method to my madness!

23 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt! fresh colours combined with such cute fabrics make this a winner!

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    1. Thank you! Cute fabrics always make the job easier. I think they come in a more girly palette of pink and navy too. I can't decide if the lion or the more startled elephant is my favourite!

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  2. What a great quilt, perfect for a little guy! I love the feature fabric and how you used it!

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    1. Thanks Jess! I suspect William will be happy, although I'm not sure how long it will be before he gets to cuddle in it. It will live at the shop for a little while. I have a few scraps left over and it crossed my mind to make a little pillow to send him in the meantime :)

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  3. Очень красивое одеялко)))

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    1. Спасибо! Вы очень добры :)

      taka-mtg says in Russian: "Very beautiful fleece blankets" according to Google Translate!

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  4. It's wonderful. I love the bright colours against the white and the applique stands out so beautifully in just the right place. A gorgeous creation.

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  5. Just lovely - gorgeous fabric. Was great to see your 'hard copy' patterns in the stall at the craft fair here along with your machine cover on display! Enjoy the craft fair in your area...always lots of inspiration.

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  6. Oh. my. goodness. - this is so cute. And all in flannel, it must be so snuggly. What a great idea, replacing a row with a name/appliqué row - makes the quilt oh so personal. Beautiful idea, thanks Ros!

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  7. Hi it is really the lovely the colours you ahve chosen are perfect for a baby! Love IT! Anne

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  8. Oh Ros, I had the joy of having your beautiful quilt JUMP out at me at the recent Craft Fair. I quickly showed my SIL and her friend. Also your Sewing machine mat & cover. Just beautiful Ros. Felt like I was bragging about a "movie star" I knew. LOL! xx

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    1. Ha ha ha! But you know the truth of it huh?! Nothing movie star about me baby! Love to you Fee, and hope you get a rest from work across Easter. Ros x

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  9. This is so adorable Ros - by far the cutest version I have seen:) I think I have made about 10 Abracadabra quilts in the 2 different sizes over the past 18 months as it is such a great pattern!

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    1. Thanks Kirsten! I should be paying you commission :) Thank you for being such an enthusiastic supporter of my pattern. You are a sweet! Happy Easter!

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  10. I love this! Did you applique the name too? You are so talented.

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    1. Krista, the name is appliqued with a machine blanket stitch. Easy peasy! Thank you for your kind words!

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  11. I made a baby quilt out of that animal fabric in pink/black...very fun! You do such amazing work! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Quilt looks fabulous, well done

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  13. Love it Ros, the cut out animals work so well

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  14. Hi Ros, I loved your works, it's wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing us. Kss

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  15. I like how you beautifully sewed the animal charactors.

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  16. I love this quilt and would really like to make it for my son. How do I convert the pattern from Twin size to Full size? I'm new at this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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