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!

fishing_owl_cat_baby_quilt

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.

Fishing_owl_back_quilt

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.
Owl_fishing_quilt

Two more baby quilts soon to come!

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