I’ve been working on this quilt since January! Now I can finally share it with you. In this post, I’ll share the design of the quilt and the applique I did.
I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to make an octopus quilt for this baby. When Sew Fresh Fabrics was closing and having its big sale, I bought a ton of blue Kona solids and some green for this quilt. I used Kona’s Jade Green for the octopus. The blues for the ocean background are various shades of Kona solids and one batik-y blue that I had in my stash. I envisioned the ocean background being more improv pieced and wonkier, but I guess (being relatively new to that) I manage that better working with scraps than when cutting from yardage. I wish now that I had cut much small pieces to do the improv piecing, but instead I cut long strips. Some of them are angled but not enough to really look intentional. Oh well! It still looks pretty cool, right?
The octopus is appliqued using fusible applique. I traced the octopus shape I wanted on the my fabric, then cut it out and laid it onto the applique paper and cut it out again. I know that’s not what you’re supposed to do, but the octopus was larger than one sheet of paper. It worked out alright, except some of the edges weren’t covered 100%.
Before I appliqued the octopus, I traced the eyes and then embroidered them. It’s just the outlines. I’d considered filling the outlines in but I decided I liked how it looked. I embroidered a smiling mouth, too.
Next week I’ll share more about the applique!