It's that time of year again, the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2014!
So if you are new to my blog, firstly, welcome, and secondly, I hope you enjoy listening to the story behind my entry.
I made this quilt for my daughter's 5th Birthday. She adores Hello Kitty, and I knew that I wanted to make her a quilt for her birthday, so a Hello Kitty quilt was perfect. I got the original inspiration from a cross stitch pattern, and it didn't take me long to blow it up and turn it into a pattern for a quilt.
That's when I realised there were 720 squares! I wanted the quilt to have a real 'pixel' effect, so I didn't cut corners, I cut and sewed back together even the white background squares instead of using strips...that did seem a little crazy!
I'm not one to use solids a lot in my work and so this was a real departure from the norm for me. And with so many white areas, I really wanted the quilting to add texture and depth to the quilt. So I matchstick quilted it, which took what seemed like forever, but hopefully you will agree was worth it.
I also included a new technique that I wanted to try; piping around the binding. This is something that I had seen done by my quilting icon, Philippa Naylor.
I think it's a really lovely detail, that I will most certainly be using again.
So here is 'Hello Kitty' basking in the sun in our garden back in the summer.
Pattern: Hello Kitty Cross Stitch Chart
Size: Approx 50" x 60"
Fabric: Kona Coal, White, Azalea, Carnation
Backing: Kate Spain
Quilting: 1/2 inch horizontal straight line quilting
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
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