Here’s the quilt I made for my sister N for her birthday several years ago.
N’s favorite animal is the moose. You may have noticed that if you’ve viewed my posts on the moose ornament, pot holders, and apron I’ve made her. This is the original moose present – you’ll recognize a lot of the fabrics. I spent several years buying up every moose print I could find, and by the time I got around to making her a lap quilt I had more than enough fabric to do it. I’ve still got leftovers!
The design of this quilt is pretty simple. It’s just a layout of 25 squares, five by five. The center moose is from a woodland animals panel I bought specifically for the moose. (It also had a bear, an elk, and a deer. I still had the rest of the panel in my stash last month and it went to my guild’s charity committee with some coordinating green solids – because I wasn’t a fan on those shades. I had thought to myself that maybe I could make something with the panel for charity but I decided I was better off donating it. Everyone has a different aesthetic and I thought maybe other people in my guild could make something awesome, whereas I would just be making “something” because the rest of the panel doesn’t inspire me at all.)
The cream print with the brown on the bottom row is actually coffee beans, but it reminded me of hoof prints so I pretended that’s what it was.
I quilted a very large meander in green thread, meant to resemble an animal’s wandering path.
I hand quilted the outline of the center moose and around the circle in the top and bottom center squares.
The quilt isn’t bound because I hadn’t learned how to bind.
I had completely forgotten what the backing fabric is; luckily, I took pictures of the quilting from the back. I pieced a back using all sorts of woodland fabrics. I think that bottom one with the snow came from a panel kit that I bought and took apart. There’s some trees and leaves, wood grain, and non-moose animals (bears, deer, ducks, etc.).
How awesome does the back of the moose look?
I love how the quilt came out. It’s very versatile, too – because of the color palette and the woodsy/animal theme, it’s not the kind of quilt that screams “GIRL.”