This quilt was made for a very special family friend who had a baby boy. My mom and I collaborated on the design and that was maybe the most fun I've had designing a quilt. We literally sat down on the floor with my laptop and started browsing. We initially settled on the idea of doing an animal quilt...then we stumbled on Three Patch Craft's Counting Sheep pattern. I liked the sheep and their personalities, but came up with my own layout.
I also decided to make a few sheep more "bold" than others - hence the name "Wild Ones." I pieced them in contrasting primary colors, and made the other sheep predominantly gray with fun ears and bells, in some cases. For the Butterfly and grass blocks I hand-drew paper-piecing patterns.
I quilted a 2" grid all over the quilt sortof like the sheep are standing behind a fence, and then bound it in Michael Miller's wide black and white "Clown Stripe." I backed the quilt in a little blue and white grid (Penny's Dollhouse in "Lake" by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman).
I'm happy to report that the quilt has been delivered and is currently in use!
Several years ago someone asked me to make a lonestar quilt. At the time I saw all the little diamond pieces and was very intimidated, so I said "No." Fast forward 5 years. One day I came across this post by Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination on the Moda Bake Shop. Here was a way to make a Lonestar quilt using strip-piecing. Settled - I was going to make the quilt.
From the moment I decided to make the quilt, it all came together very easily. I'm not saying that it didn't take time and effort, but this quilt was very rewarding. The fabrics were all pulled from my stash (excluding the backing) and I didn't second guess my fabric choices...no internal debating...no ripping and re-doing. I just pulled fabric, sewed it together and was happy with how it came out. It all felt so good.
I backed the quilt in "Puff" fabric from Cotton + Steel, and bound it in two different beige prints that were also used on the front of the quilt. The quilt measures approximately 72in. x 72in. (I added bigger boarders than the original pattern).
This quilt is destined to be gifted and I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I do!