Wednesday, February 28, 2018

It's a Small World Quilt

I was recently asked to make a baby quilt.  When I asked what sort of quilt did they have in mind, I was told, "Oh, just a map of the world will be fine."   

Does this happen to you?  It happens to me way more often than I care to count.  Upon further questioning, they said they wanted an international theme.

"Sort of like 'It's a Small World' from Disney?" I asked.

Yes, that would work.

From a batik fabric in my stash, I cut a 12" circle using a plate from my kitchen.  I folded an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper lengthwise and drew a basic body (with ears) on the fold.  Since this was for a baby, I did not draw any fingers or toes.  The finished figure was about 8" tall.  I used this as my pattern to cut my people from various shades of tan. I then placed the world and the dolls on a piece of fabric approximately 42" x 42."

I looked up on Pinterest several pictures from Disney's "It's a Small World" and checked out more sites on attire.

This quilt was a lot of fun to make.  It was like dressing paper dolls.

I appliqued the world and the "dolls" to the top of the quilt.  Pressed for time, there was no way I could hand quilt the top and have it ready when it was needed, so I used my machine and did some echo quilting. 

 I would like to make another quilt like this one when time permits and I can take my time quilting around the figures.  I like the look of the echo quilting. 

The quilt was big hit with the recipient and hopefully Baby will enjoy it for many years.

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