Gone Fishing Baby Quilt

It's been a little while since I last blogged, but rest assured - I have not been idle.  Mostly, I've been traveling, but I've also been sewing up a storm, and since gifts are starting to be delivered, I can share some of what I've been working on!


The first of my October finishes (note the foreshadowing here), was for one of my college roommates and her husband, who are expecting a baby boy in the next few months.

When last I talked to my friend, she was thinking of possibly going with an owl theme for the nursery.  So, knowing that I wanted to do something adorable, I scoured Pinterest.  Let me tell you, there are a lot of awesome owl designs out there.  I was drawn to something like this, because even though it wasn't a quilt (at least I don't think it is) I felt like it was different, and I liked the inclusion of the cat, and the colors.  I figured that it would be pretty reasonable to convert to an applique quilt, and it was.  As it turns out, my friend opted for a nautical theme for the nursery, and I breathed a deep sigh of relief.


I'm really happy with how this quilt turned out.  I think that in retrospect, the only things that I would have done differently were:

  • Change the design on the red and orange fish.  I was fine with the colors/embroidery as I did it, but now as I look at the quilt, I'm less in love.  Also, fish have fins.  That's something I know to be true.
  • Because this quilt is a lot of layers of applique, it's a little more bulky in some places.  I was able to thin out a lot of it by going in from behind and cutting out some layers, but I could still feel the difference around some of the seams.  I think I could have planned a little bit better in how I was doing the fabric layering.
  • The cat feels a little static to me.  I feel like I did a good job of capturing motion with the owl, but the cat still looks a little stiff.  Maybe I could have changed his expression or something to add a little more animation.

Two more baby quilts soon to come!

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