I’m ending the week of Wildlife with Love™ introductions with a grand finale! This is where all of the cuties-of-the-week come together in one super sweet project: Polar Babies Quilt and Pillow.
My goal was to round out the collection with a baby quilt featuring each of my characters, plus a few more. (Sadly there are too many endangered species to choose from!) The quilt consists of nine blocks pieced with subtle curves, providing a polar *habitat* to showcase the animals.
Instructions are also included for a coordinating appliquéd pillow with the character of your choice.
The appliqués are made using wool blend felt, applied with fusible webbing and machine stitched. Important details, like faces, are hand embroidered. The felt really lends itself to these furry (and feathery!) characters and adds a wonderful depth and texture to the quilt. I pre-washed my fabrics and felt to be sure that irregular shrinkage would not be a problem. With a gentle cycle this quilt can be machine washed.
The amazing quilting on my photo samples was done by the talented Angela Walters
. She knew just what the finishing touch should be for my quilt….wavy landscape, swirling skies, it’s perfect!
Fluff the baby Polar Bear
Swift, the Arctic Fox
Tweed, the Snowy Owl
Slide, the baby seal
Pip, the baby penguin
Poppy here, posing with his favorite quilt square…
Flurry is partial to this one…
Polar Pal Appliqués
Slippy and Slide Seals
Flurry and Fluff Polar Bears
Poppy and Pip Penguins
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lot to do before leaving for Quilt Market next week. I can’t wait to take my wildlife friends on the road and show them off!
Update: I forgot to mention! All of the fabrics used in the quilt are organic cottons from Cloud 9, Timeless Treasures, and my own Stitch from Robert Kaufman.