I always start my projects with a sketch that I scan into the computer and print it out the actual size. This usually means taping a bunch of paper together.
Sometimes I change small things like adding an extra flower or removing the ferns. In the original drawing, the tree was slanted and the ground was curved but for ease of making a pattern I decided to make the tree & ground straight.
Then I lay my pattern on the ground and start playing with fabrics! This is where my studio becomes a hurricane! For this quilt, I used the Freezer Paper Applique technique.
I trace the reverse of my pattern pieces onto the paper-side of the freezer paper and iron them to the back of the fabrics. Starch helps a lot when pressing the fabric around to the back. The entire quilt was free-motion quilted including attaching all the appliques.
I embellished the quilt with details such as hand embroidery & stamping, and fake felt buttons so it would be baby-safe.
It's just so cute that I can't stop taking pictures!!
I must admit that I fell in love with the finished quilt like I do with practically everything I make! It was difficult for me to give it away but it was totally worth it after all the smiles it created! I think Max likes it!
I feel like this quilt needs a better title... Any thoughts?