With just a fat quarter of fabric and a baby girl arriving, I pulled some fabrics from my stash to make a modern, fun baby quilt.
I had purchased only a fat quarter of this circus themed fabric which is an Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics design. This baby quilt was the perfect opportunity to use it.
I was able to fussy cut individual animals from the piece to create floating boxes around the central medallion.
I wanted the individual squares to pop out, so I heavily free-motion quilted in the negative space.
My husband selected the floral print for the backing.
I am looking forward to giving this completed modern circus baby quilt to the beautiful little girl it was made for.
I took the photograph of the fuchsias a couple of years ago with the idea of using them in a quilt design. I took a workshop taught by Helen Garland through the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto based on Ruth McDowell’s art quilting techniques.
In the class we learned to how to draft a pattern from our own photograph using Ruth McDowell’s technique. Helen was an excellent teacher, explaining the concepts, design and sewing techniques that make Ruth’s quilts so original.
I’ve focused my design on three of the larger fuchsias and the three small buds on top. I’ve eliminated extraneous leaves and flowers to focus on the elements that I thought would make a good design.
You can see my original design and the enlarged copy. The finished piece will be about 48″ x 56″. I am excited to be trying Ruth’s techniques. She has written a few books explaining her design and piecing techniques. The books are available on her website. The next logical step is to trace the design onto freezer paper. But, my next step is to pull fabrics from my stash – I can’t wait!