Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

You know when you have this perfect baby outfit and the coordinating fabric, and you just have to make a quilt before your first born doesn't fit 0-3 month clothes any more? Then you eventually finish, and squeeze your 8 month old into the romper. Except it's not your first born; it's your fourth born. Or is that just me?

Do I get extra credit for toys that coordinate with the outer border?

What possessed me to purchase all those realistic fruit fabrics is beyond me. But trust me folks, it used to be a thing. Those might be eggplants instead of plums as per The Hungry Caterpillar, but humor me, will you?

I machine appliquéd the caterpillar, even adding some yarn for kinesthetic fun. I used to be a teacher (way back when realistic fruit fabrics were all the rage) so I use teacher-y words like "kinesthetic".

And I'm a sucker for stuffed animals that go with a book.

And I'm a sucker for this kid, of course!

I even used the extra fabric and spare parts to make a burrito pillowcase. Granted, the four patch blocks aren't that comfortable when you lay on them directly. Here's kid #3, Cade.

The body of the pillowcase is the very vibrant Multi Adventure Land print. Ironically, the quilt is so bright that it blends in with its surroundings.

I used Multi Wiggly Caterpillars fabric for the backing.

The quilting consists of a repeated echo around the appliqué, crosshatching on the Multi Picnic Food fabric, pebbles on the border, and a bracket continuous curve from Dorie Hruska's Making Connections in the white 4 Patch squares. (Pick up the board book off Amazon.)

Now the quilt can be used and loved. Hooray!

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  1. I love The Hungry Caterpillar, and really wish this fabric had been available when my children were young. x

  2. The quilt is cute and the photos and the kids are even cuter!

  3. Done is done, and it is clearly going to be used, enjoyed, and loved. Congratulations! Also, you cut up the food prints enough that I mostly see the color, so well done. ;)

  4. Wonderful quilt and lovely children. They seem happy with their mom's quilting and sewing. Can't imagine what you were doing between 0 and 8 months!!!

  5. Oh, my goodness, this is so delightful, as was the post! I 'sew' enjoyed reading it! Cute kids, too!

  6. Those fruit fabrics are so perfect with the Hungry Catipillar fabric!!! Now I know what to do with all that fruit and fabric that I collected too! (you aren't the only one!!) haha Such a cute quilt and outfit for your little one! And I didn't wait till my 4th child to make an outfit, but only managed to make one outfit for my little ones, Though I did make some dresses and shorts for them in their 4-8 year old stages. Never enough time!! Great job mom!! Hugs, H

  7. I think it's very creative to use your fruit fabric (I have some sitting in my stash, also) for the Hungry Caterpillar. Your quilt looks loved and enjoyed!

  8. Yeah, I have fruit fabric too--put it into the Gridsters baskets blocks recently (oh, need to finish that up). I think it's totally unfair that you have such cute kids for your quilt models. I don't think I could convince my husband to roll around and eat books to enhance my quilts (nah--just not the same). I love this whole post--excellent work on the quilt and excellent work on the kids!!