Sometime last year, I bought this pack of fat quarters based on one of Sammy's favorite books, The Hungry Caterpillar. I had thought that making this quilt would be great reminder of the book. Well, all the fabric stayed organized and put away. I just didn't have time to sew with the baby around. We don't read The Hungry Caterpillar as often anymore because I think Sammy's outgrowing it just a little. I really wanted him to have this quilt while he was very young. So, I took out the fabric. I had decided where I wanted to place the big panels and everything else would be simple strips, but my spatially gifted friend Stephanie (who also bought this same collection of fabrics) designed a much more visually interesting pattern (which, of course, I decided to use as well. Why re-invent the wheel?)
On Saturday, I spent between two and three hours ironing and cutting fabrics.
In the evening, I managed to sew 2/3 of the topper and I finished the topper on Sunday! Stephanie and I had to order more fabric for the backing. So, while we wait for that, we'll cut and piece the binding. I think I have batting big enought for this 45" x 60" size quilt. I want to have this done in time for Sammy's 5th birthday in April.
Here's another project that had been stalled for months. I had the squares done for a while, but I knew I wanted to add at least one border. So, after finishing The Hungry Caterpillar quilt topper, I worked on adding the border here. I determined I have enough of the border fabric left for the backing and some coordinating fabric for the binding.
Here's a close-up of the basic square pattern.
While watching the Oscars last night (Didn't Sandra Bullock look stunning?), I knit more of my bear for the Mother Bear Project. Yes, I can see that one arm is definitely more pumped than the other! I'll have to add some more stuffing to the weak arm. I still have to embroider the face, pick up stitches around the middle to knit a skirt and graft the top closed.
After looking at my fabric stash, I've come to the conclusion that I have too much fabric for my comfort levels. Does anyone remember this quilt topper? I came across this project last weekend and I discovered that I've lost all interest in completing this quilt. I love the colors and everything. It's Spring-y and bright, but since it didn't turn out the way I envisioned, I'm less inclined to finish it. Any other quilters out there who might want to take on this project? I have lots of extra strips and scraps of this Kaffe Fasset fabric that I will include with the topper. I think there is someone out there who can re-invent this quilt and make it beautiful. I would love to send this to someone who loves to quilt. Leave me a comment here or at Facebook and if there's more than one person interested, I'll just draw a winner! I hope it will inspire someone to new levels of creativity.