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Yellow owl wholecloth

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Casual, Classic, Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Quilting cotton for the top, cotton flannel for the back, polyester batting, perle #8 thread.

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What are you most proud of? My favourite part was when I realised that I could embroider in the hearts I placed in each corner. One says the baby's full name, "Alexander [surname]", another says, "Alex", another says "Саша" (Russian for "Sasha", which is what the baby is generally known as right now; his mother, my friend, is Russian), and the fourth says, "With love, [my name], 2012". I'm also proud of drafting the whole pattern myself, working out how to adapt the motifs and getting the scale right. I used four pieces of A1 poster paper taped together to draw the pattern, with various templates, some of which I made myself. It was a lovely creative challenge. And finding the fabrics! Finding the yellow soft sponge effect for the top was a nightmare, I kept on sending samples to shops and not finding the right marigold yellow. When a shop even found me a perfect batik to use for the binding, it was incredible.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Read up on Welsh quilts, both by looking at books and at blogs on the subject. Realise that a hand-sewn wholecloth quilt will take a while, even if it's a baby quilt. I worked at this off and on for eleven months, though more off than on, I must admit. Since with the best will in the world, the stitching tends not to look as good on the back as on the front, a print is quite handy there as it hides any little irregularities. Think about how you will transfer the pattern to the quilt. My top fabric was light enough in colour, and thin enough, that I could simply put it over the pattern and trace, using children's washable marker pens for marking. I have no idea how I'd have coped if it had been a dark fabric.

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