Sunday, March 22, 2015

dreaming big!

Spring break has flown by, with all my kids home (and a few extras at times!) and running them from place to place. I have been trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there to work on a new project - The Dream Big Applique Quilt by Jennifer Jangles!

It's a super fast and completely adorable applique pattern. And I do mean fast! OK, tracing out the pieces takes a little time, but it's one of those things you can do while doing something else, like watching a movie with your kids. That's what I did. (We watched Night at the Museum 3, and loved it!)

photo courtesy of Jennifer Jangles blog
Here's the pattern version - isn't it adorable!?! I love the fabrics she used (and designed!) called Bugapalooza, especially the wood grain for Daisy the Hedgehog. It's pretty much exactly the colors and prints I lean towards!

I thought about making a very girly version, with pinks and greys, but I decided to go with navy, red, grey, and aqua. No specifically girly or floral prints, so I think the end result is appropriate for a girl or a boy.

These prints are all from my stash and are a variety of designers and brands. Can you tell I love polka dots?! Chicken wire and gingham are also faves, I collect them in every color I find! I used Kona Ash for the background.

The stars need some accent stitching to make it pop, I think. I will probably hand stitch around each star with red thread to help them stand out. And I still need to stitch on Daisy the Hedgehog's smile :) I may play around with some of the decorative stitches on my machine when I stitch the edges of the letters.

I am kind of at a loss for quilting ideas. I want to do this one myself, but I am basically a straight line quilter. I'm thinking about trying echo quilting around the letters? Will that look ok on the backside? I haven't chosen a backing fabric yet, but I'm leaning towards the red gingham for binding. How would you quilt it?

I hope you like my version! I rarely make the same quilt twice, but I am already thinking about making a 2nd one of these! I think the hedgehog would make a fun pillow too. If you want to make your own, the pattern is available over at Jennifer Jangles!

You should also check out her bunny applique pattern - so cute for spring!
Thanks for stopping by! Now, go sew something!

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