Monday, 6 October 2014

The Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

This next quilt was put together hastily with the onset of Winter.  Elias was born in September 2012 and within weeks the weather was getting cooler.  We had decorated his Nursery in the theme of the children's book by Eric Carle 'The Hungry Caterpillar'.

 A crib made for my brother Jonathan by my Grandad  was used again and a huge green leaf from Ikea stood over it.  The walls were painted sky blue and I made small pictures of the caterpillar chomping his way through leaves and all the other bits and bobs he eats (NB I could tell you - I know the entire wretched book by heart).

The quilt top was several simple 'Pinwheel' blocks.  I used two 'Hungry Caterpillar' fabrics and these were interspersed with a tablecloth which had belonged to my Grandparents.  Neither my Nana or Grandad are with us any more and so using something of theirs to help keep my baby warm felt right.  I think this is the reason I find throwing fabric away so hard, surely every piece is right for something!

This quilt was the first time I had used my new but old Singer Sewing Machine and close inspection would show it!  I'm still so new to patchwork and quilting that I couldn't tell you my preferred technique but given the practical need for this quilt I appreciated how quickly it came together because of the machine.

Soon it was time for Eli to move into his big boy bedroom to make room for someone else.  In February 2014 Caspar was born, and here is No. 2 son modelling No. 2 Quilt.

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