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!


  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!

    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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  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!


  6. where did you find the fabric and the pictures of George