Thursday, 19 June 2014

The 'Gator Quilt - Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on The 'Gator Blog Hop!  I was fortunate to be a pattern tester for Louise of I'm Feelin' Crafty whose blog I love!  She has designed a very cute quilt pattern with three paper pieced alligators on it.  I tested the large alligator and made a small quilt, 48" x 49".  I am quite smitten with this fella - isn't he cute?  I had some sunshine on the day I took the picture so my apologies that this picture is a bit washed out, even in the shade!

Green and grey together are my favourite colours at the moment so I decided to use those to make the alligator.  Looks like a popular colour combo as Louise's quilt it also green and grey!  This pattern was fast and easy to make.  My top tip would be to get out your pencil crayons to mark which colour fabric goes where so you can piece with confidence and speed!

I attempted to do some pebbling on his body for some major texture (achieved) but I still have a looooong way to go with my free motion skills.  I went around and around thinking more circles would make it better - not so sure about my logic now though!!  I used a 40 weight Aurifil (my favourite) in #2882 green.

For the wadding, I chose to use a product I have not used before and I will definitely use it again!  This wadding is very light in weight so the small quilt is light and feels in proportion to the size.  The brand is Quilters Dream Angel "Heavenly Batting Made 100% with Flame Retardant Fibers".  Ideal for a baby quilt.

As you can see, I used the [now discontinued] Ikea Britten Nummers for the backing.  As baby grows up he/she will be able to learn numbers!

Thank you for letting me be a pattern tester Lousie - I love my new 'Gator quilt!

AlligatorQuilt Cover-sm

You can find Louise's pattern for sale on Craftsy and if you want some more 'Gator inspiration, check out the other bloggers on the hop:


June 10th- I'm Feelin' Crafty
June 11th- A Quilter's Table
June 13th- Marci Girl Designs
June 14th- I'm Feelin' Crafty- showing off other Testers work!
June 16th- Wombat Quilts
June 17th- Wips and Tuts
June 18th- Shaffer Sisters
June 19th- [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans - YOU ARE HERE
June 20th- I'm Feelin' Crafty

And one last picture of the 'gator sandwich before quilting and showing the green fabrics:

 Linking this finish to the Littlest Thistle Q2 FAL.
Check out my original Q2 FAL post HERE.

Finish Along 2014


Carol S. said...

Your gator is so cute and I love your pebbling!

Needled Mom said...

That is darling and the pebbles are perfect for it.

Izzy said...

Oh my goodness that is adorable! I love the colour combo too. Perfect for a baby quilt.

Jo Jo said...

I love him!

Charlotte said...

he's so cute!

moira said...

#love and the quilting is perfect too

Debbie said...

This turned out super cute and I love the pebbling on the gator!

gilly said...

Happy weekend, xx

Indianna said...

He looks a great guy, and you got to practice pebbles at the same time.