We’re in Challenge 5 of PROJECT QUILTING (Season 7)…”Through the Eyes of a Child”.
I remember when my boys were little and we’d go hunting for bugs. Off we’d go with a butterfly net and a magnifying glass to find as many different bugs (and other critters) as we could. It always amazed them to see the small world open up with the magnifying glass. So I created this baby quilt “Under the Magnifying Glass” for the contest this week.
First I found this wonderful turquoise fabric in my stash that features bugs, frogs, salamanders, dragonflies, and turtles and a lot more. To make it look as if the magnifying glass was actually zooming in on one section of the fabric, I enlarged it on my copier by 300% and traced a pattern.
I transferred the pieces of the master pattern onto Steam-a-Seam-2, making sure to turn the pattern backwards before I traced it onto the fusible so it would turn out the right way around in the end.
The magnifying glass was black fabric cut with a circle template—the handle was eyeballed and cut out. By using a lighter background within the circle I thought it made it stand out more. Everything was fused in place with the heat of my iron.
Adding the batting & backing, I machine stitched the pieces in place.
And added a few hand stitches to accent the bugs, butterfly, and put a happy face on the turtle.
The 3D butterfly was made by fusing fabric to both sides of the Steam-a-Seam-2, pinking the edges, and stitching it in place with a little tuck.
And here’s the finished quilt…with the polka dot borders it turned out 30 x 34 inches.
It’s machine washable, or could be used as a wall hanging in a child’s room, and is for sale in my Etsy Shop.
I tried the “flange binding” — it adds a very thin faux piping accent and is so easy to do—it’s super easy to machine stitch into place.
I hope you’ll come by the Persimon Dreams blog by Kim Lapacek to vote for your favorites. You get to vote for 5 items (hope mine’s one of them), starting this SUNDAY (MARCH 6) and runs through March 11, 2016).
UPDATE: The voting is over, and my entry was #7 out of 38 entries. Although I didn’t win, everyone was a “winner” since we all won a pdf of a new messenger bag pattern from StudioCherie! Thank you so much Cherie! AND on top of that, my name was picked for a prize from Persimon Dreams — a beautiful charm pack by MODA called Simply Colorful II.
Thanks so much Kim!
Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!