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I was under a bit of a deadline (self-imposed) to finish the quilts for the hospital, so I put aside some personal projects. So even though I started this one first, it's taken a little longer to get finished.
This one is for my newest niece. I'd been sewing the first of my 16-patch I-Spy color blocks and was falling in love with them. I'd been sewing them together just for the fun of it and planned on making some quilts for the hospital. I loved how they were turning out so much that I wanted to keep a few of them...but I just finished a different quilt top for Becca...so I figured sending some of my favorite squares on to my brother's new baby was just as good as keeping them.
I like the way that the color groupings give a little more order to the craziness of all the different busy prints. Because I had multiple sets of the same fabrics and I made lots of 16 patch sets before laying the patches out into a whole quilt, there are a couple duplicate prints on here...another fun I-Spy game to see if you can spot the few duplicates.
My brother and his wife choose pretty unique names for their kids that have meanings and stories behind them.
This baby will get to hear stories about unicorns as she grows up, so I thought it would be good to incorporate unicorns into the quilt as I could. (My next job for them is to come up with a stuffed phoenix for their oldest child.) The only trouble was that this was the only square that had a unicorn on it.
So I started having a little fun and added a few. Try clicking on this picture to view it larger and see how many unicorns you can find.
The easiest unicorns to add were the squares that already had some horses. A little paint or fabric marker and they got a horn added.
I was never in Girl Scouts, but if I was, I think I would have wanted to earn this Unicorn Care badge.
Then I looked for places where I could add a unicorn to the picture. I looked for some unicorn silhouette images on the internet and did some of my smallest freezer paper stencils ever. (Yeah, I know unicorns don't fly through the air, but my brother said there is some unicorn-moon connection, so I added one next to the moon. This one must be a really good jumper.)
I love this unicorn grazing with the cows on the farm.
It's hard to say if the baby or her big sister and brother will enjoy the blanket more for now.
Seth's solar system quilt.
inkjet printer to print on fabric for projects before...but never for fabric that was going onto a quilt. I decided to print the moon with a unicorn silhouette onto some white muslin I had.
I quilted it by machine quilting it in straight lines just off of every other seam. I didn't want quilting lines going through the moon on the back, though, so I quilted a circle around the moon and then stopped the straight lines when they hit the circle. I like the effect so much that I think the next I-Spy that gets machine quilted is going to have lots of circles quilted all over it.
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