My Adventurous Applique

The challenge project for Island Batik Ambassadors this month was to make a quilt using applique. We could make the quilt any size and utilize any applique method. I chose raw-edge applique because I wanted to create an art quilt.

Every Friday for quite a few weeks now, I’ve been hosting Furry Fridays here on my blog. Furry Fridays are all about helping rescue animals by adopting them whenever possible, and making kennel quilts to comfort them when they are under stress.

Furry Fridays are over, but I thought since the subject of my art quilt was my adorable fur baby Lucy, it would be appropriate to present my art quilt on a Friday. Kinda fits somehow.

Anyway as you probably know, I lost my sweet Lucy a few weeks ago. Since then, we’ve adopted our Zora and she’s gone a long way to fill my lonely heart. Still, I felt the urge to make a quilt about Lucy so I decided to use this month’s challenge to do just that.

I started with a photo of Lucy asleep on my leg. She looked so cute at the time that I couldn’t resist taking a picture of her using my cell phone. I brought the photo into my editing program and used the Posterize filter to reduce the number of colors. Then I printed out the result and used it to cut and place my fabrics.

I really enjoy using batiks for quilts like this because you don’t need to worry about raveling too much. First, I fused the background fabrics, then I used the printout to cut out Lucy’s basic shape. Slowly, I added other fabrics to define my sleepy kitty. I used various fusibles simply because I had a lot of scraps I wanted to use up. I can honestly say they all worked well.

I quilted around each shape both to hold them down and also to define them more clearly. Then I quilted a curly pattern on my leg and wavy lines in the background behind Lucy's sleepy head. Finally, I added whiskers. I’m really pleased with the results! Here are the details:

I Love Lucy
12” x 22”
Original Design
Island Batiks, including Bubble Hole Honey (Happy Harvest collection), Marble Blackberry BE24-A2 (Blender), Diner Days #111712305, scraps from various Stash Builders
Batting: Warm and White
Fusibles: Wonder Under, Heat n Bond and Stitch Witchery
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 40 wt #1243 Dusty Lavender, 50 wt #2568 Mulberry and #4150 Crème Brule; Sulky 40 wt #1168 True Orange and #1246 Orange Flame; Mettler 30 wt #515 Caramel Creme, WonderFil 40 wt #1158 Dark Plum
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

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Tell me…have you ever made an art quilt?