Community Quilt 35

14 12 2012

My new batch of quilts arrived with the lovely Lisa a week ago! I completed the three smaller ones last weekend but have only just got around to taking the photos and writing blog posts about them.

First was a pretty teddy bear quilt. I wanted to make the hand-embroidered bears ‘pop’ (those blocks had double batting behind them, like trapunto), so I knew that tight/dense stitching around the bears would do that. I also stitched around the main bear shapes to make them pop even more. The bears were the most important element, so I used a cotton thread that blended in with the cream (calico?) background. And I decided to use MacTavishing as the tight stitch.

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After doing the bear blocks, the coloured borders of each block were too puffy, so my next decision was how to stitch them in a way that flattened them but with a stitch that a child might enjoy. I decided on big bubbles, in matching threads for each block (I didn’t want the bubbles to stand out too much).

My next decision was what to do with the empty cream blocks (setting squares) in the middle and on the outer edges. For the outer edges, I went with MacTavishing again, and for the inner blocks, I found an outline of a teddy bear on the internet, printed it out, cut it out as a temporary template, centred it and stitched around it, then added MacTavishing to make the outline ‘pop’. The final thing I added was another row of outline stitching around these two bears — in a ‘glow in the dark’ thread! Hopefully, it will show at night and the child who receives this quilt will get great delight in seeing the glowing outlines of the two little bears 😉



The back:


Threads used:

  • Top: Superior King Tut ‘Papyrus’, plus various coloured threads to match the borders of each block
  • Bobbin: Wonderfil Deco-Bob (colour DB 115; 80 wt)




2 responses

14 12 2012

Gorgeous Rhonda! Love the bubbles, that was a stroke of genius – and yes that glow in the dark thread does glow – faintly, but it does!!

14 12 2012

Way cool!!!!! Your quilting gives me “itchy quilting fingers”……heading to the machine…..LOL!

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