Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Hungry Caterpillar goes to Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hello!  This is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.  I know I'm squeaking in at the last minute, but I've actually had a hard time writting this post.  I was putting myself to sleep :)  I'll try one more time now, with a little less blah blah blah, shall I?

This is 'The Hungry Caterplillar Quilt'  {I know, I know.  I can really pick a creative title for my quilts, can't I?}  I made this quilt for Son #3 in August of 2009, and I am so glad I wasn't lazy and put a label on this quilt, because I just had to go check it for the date *grin*

The quilt measures absurdly wide x ridiculously long.  If you aren't familiar with this standard of measurement, it converts to just a tad too small for my queen sized bed, but I bet I could make it work if I could ever wrestle it away from my son :)  {I made this quilt for his twin bed}

The pattern is my own design, a bit of simple piecing and some machine applique. 

If you aren't familiar with The Hungry Caterpillar book, the caterpillar eats a different fruit each day of the week, eating one more fruit than the day before, until on Saturday he pigs out and has a stomache ache {for the longest time, my son would beg for a stomache ache when we read that part}

I appliqued all the fruit he ate, with the days of the week, on the top of the quilt.  There was a panel that I cut up and smooshed into the top where ever it would fit.  When I had the main portion of the quilt in two pieces, top and bottom, I realized one was wider than the other.  Oops.  I added bits of the dot fabric here and there until the pieces were the same size and stitched them together.  I don't even remember where the extra bits are anymore :)

My Mom quilted it on the longarm, and as you can see she did loops around many of the motifs.  {ooh, poor caterpillar has a tummy ache :)}

 bound with the dots

I backed the quilt with the repeating stripe, but I needed a little more,so I added a strip of scraps to the side to make the backing long enough.

Thank you Library Quilting Ladies, for holding up the quilt so I could get a picture.  Because around the house, it normally looks like this

Thanks for stopping by :)


Norine @ Five Baht Elephant said...

This quilt is adorable! I read this book to my son a lot. He likes to poke his fingers through the holes.

Really great job with this!

Mary Anne Drury said...

How cute and fun !!! Great job !!! (and that was one of my boys' favorite books too .... and they're both in college now (sob) - enjoy because it goes FAST !!!

trish said...

Oh my goodness. :o)
Your quilt is so cute!!

Heidi said...

How clever made ! I really love the appliqued fruits.

Mom said...

So Cute for a child!


Cynthia said...

Cute quilt!

Michele said...

Your post is great, so is the quilt :-) It took me forever to write my post too. I really couldn't figure out why it was so difficult for me to write. Anyway, what a clever place to take the quilt picture :-) How fun!! That quilt is just adorable :-)

stitchinpenny said...

Love the quilt. Fantastic translation of the book using the pre printed fabrics and your flair.

Debbie said...

How darling! You chose the perfect binding, too!!

Susan said...

This quilt is amazing! You are so creative and love how your mom quilted on the long arm machine. Lucky son #3! :)

Melissa said...

I love this quilt! What a great way to use these prints! Well done!

Brigitte said...

Your quilt brings this book to live, every child would love it!

Jean said...

Oh my goodness! I love this. I too am making a Hungry Caterpillar quilt but didnt go with all the fabric from the line like you have here. I absolutely love this quilt!!!!

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