Dumbo – Our March OMG Finished
Finishing a Dumbo baby quilt is our March OMG project, and I’m happy to report that we have been successful. Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts a linky party for all to join in. Thank you to Patty and all the sponsors!
Dumbo For March
A coworker asked us if we would make a baby quilt for her niece who is expecting (a girl is the recent word on the street) in July. The expecting mom didn’t have a theme other than animals, but the dad-to-be loved Dumbo as a child. We thought it would be fun to introduce the newborn to the wonders of Dumbo. The cute panel I found and pictured above has an amazing message to share as well. Who would not wish amazing things to happen for their new baby?! To surround the panel, we found two star-studded fabrics.
The yellow is a soft flannel and is the inside border. Some of the pale yellow stars exactly match the stars near Dumbo. The second border and binding is comprised of the gray stars.
Outlining Dumbo and all of his features was the first order of business. Mid-March I finally got around to starting to quilt with Sue’s help. She layered the quilt top for me on a Friday afternoon, so quilting commenced on Saturday. Dumbo’s sweet smile encouraged me on. I know many of you can ‘hear’ the quilt speak to you, and Dumbo certainly was.
Once he was all outlined, it looked SO cool on the back with a mirror image. Here is what the back looks like before binding – can you see Dumbo’s image?
You can really read the twinkle, twinkle and I love you to the moon and back sayings on the backing fabric.
FMQ for Dumbo
Sue voiced a fairly strong opinion (for Sue) about how Dumbo should be quilted. She envisioned a smallish stipple to give the impression of his wrinkly skin. I acquiesced without comment; if she has that strong of an opinion, who am I to ignore it! Here’s a shot of him with just his body quilted, and I have to agree that it does give the suggestion of wrinkles.
For his inner ear flaps, I wanted to imply that they are nice and downy soft. I’ll be dipped if I could think of a ‘soft’ stitch, so I opted for small loops in a meander pattern. On his collar it was easy for me to give the impression that is was pleated with a wavy stitch in each of the three sections. Lastly, his hat got some back and forth straight-ish lines that matched the shape.
Stars and Hearts
The background cried out for more stars, I thought from the beginning. I couldn’t just add star after star – that would be pretty darn boring. So I threw in some hearts, thinking of that sweet baby that would be wrapped in it soon. I think I lost my way on a couple of stars, and then ended up being an odd shaped rectangle with an X through it. I forgot how to make a star, I guess – especially when it’s upside down from me. To move between stars and hearts I added a few little loops. I tried to keep everything in a small scale.
Lastly, I had to do a little something in the two borders. I used the same loopy stitch from the collar in the yellow skinny border. In the final gray one, I alternated ‘e’ and ‘l’ in script all around.
Dumbo was about to fly away for his photo shoot, it was so windy.
He will be going to await his new master’s birth in a sweet baby girl. She’ll feel all the love we stitched into every inch of this quilt. This is the baby’s great-aunt Jeanne, my coworker. ~smile~
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