Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Curious George Quilt

I am so excited about this one! I had a wonderful friend ask if I'd be interested in making a quilt for her son, who's about to graduate from a crib to a big boy bed. My first commissioned quilt! Bursting! His favorite character right now is Curious George, and I was on a mission.


I was surprised how challenging it ended up being finding the right fabric, but it was totally worth it. The Curious George fabrics provided a great color palette for me to work with. I had so much fun finding fabrics to match with the character fabric. 


True to my style, I am not one to follow a pattern. There is a repeat in the quilt, but I pretty much made it up as I went. First I built the blocks around the focal fabric, I created a mirror image of some of the blocks to mix it up a bit, and then I pieced the rows together and added more rows to increase the length.


I suppose when you look at it you can see some of a pattern. It was a lot of fun, though, and I like the modern feel it has. I wanted the quilt to be somewhat reversible, so the backing is all Curious George with some blue to lengthen it a bit.



















I went super simple with the quilting, just doing a meander in all the blocks except on the focus fabric. I thought about some more modern FMQ, but in the end I figured a child would enjoy the meander (my son likes to trace it with his finger and pretends there's mazes for his figurines to work thru), and I was worried about time as I figured out what methods would be best.





















Finally, I had some leftover fabric and I wanted to use as much as I could for her project, so I made a couple of pillowcases, one of which doubled as a bag for everything to be placed in for shipment and storage for her later on.

Loved doing this quilt! So glad I was given the opportunity, and the challenge of coming up with something. I hope I get to do with again for someone else!

6 comments:

  1. I love how you put the character print together with contrasting solids and prints! I have not seen one like that before. The solids make the character piece more obvious... really looks great!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I had a lot of fun with this quilt, especially figuring out the layout. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful sentiment.

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  2. You really did justice to the cute Curious George fabric! I like that you designed the quilt as you went along. I am terrible about following patterns myself!

    Thanks for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  3. Would you be willing to make this quilt again for a price? If so how much would you charge? Email kailey42@gmail.com for a response please.

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  4. We absolutely LOVE the quilt. We would love to commission you to make a twin size quilt for our 5 yr. old son. Would you please send us a price to bralcasesa@gmail.com? We can supply the fabric.

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  5. This is exactly what I have been searching everywhere for! Please contact me! I would love for you to make another in full size for my sons new big boy bed!

    Amcaptain1@aol.com

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