My birthday Olympic sewing helped with the final push to get these two auction donations done. This first one is "Peace Puzzle" 54"x54"
The preschool planned and provided the children's artwork on the white muslin. I just had to make them into a quilt in any way I wanted. I think the whirlygiggles are like puzzle pieces and love making them, so that was an easy decision!
The quilting was fun. I decided to free motion outline the puzzles on both the inside and outside edge. Stipple of course everywhere else.
It's so cool the way it ended up looking on the back!
I LOVE LOVE the second one that I named "Stepping Stones to God" 54"x60". Hugely influenced by Hop on Spot and the mini I did for the advent table.
The words on the front are the title the teacher gave their project. I tried a few things, but ended up liking them free motion edge appliqued the best. Plus, you don't have to turn your quilt a million times in and out to go around all the letters!
I cut out their little feet from the squares to make them look like they were walking on stepping stones. I had to wet down a few areas to remove washable marks for centering and realized that the writing and gold glitter paint are NOT washable. They'll come right off! Luckily I didn't really damage any of their feet, but this is certainly not a washable quilt. Good thing I didn't toss it in to get all crinkly!
I loved the contrast of the diagonal lines with the striped circles on my advent mini, so I went with that again. Before making the sandwich, I used invisible thread to sew around all the circles to keep them well attached. I used a walking foot for all the lines and did it while watching the Olympics, as it was horribly boring. I really enjoy the free motion!
I can't wait to see how both of these do at auction.