My July Island Batik Challenge is Complete!

For July, the challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a baby quilt.

A few days ago, I shared a sneak peak of my quilt top, and mentioned that I had a surprise for you! Well, here’s that sneak peak.

And here’s the surprise!

I added dachshunds! Yep. I’ve got two, count ‘em two, nieces who are both pregnant and extremely fond of those adorable hot dogs. So I decided to design a special baby quilt with dachshunds for one of them. Not sure right now if I'm going to make a duplicate, or go a different way for the second one.

The base of the quilt is HSTs arranged in a classic barn-raising setting. For the dachshunds, I decided on silhouettes instead of trying to render the little doggies realistically.

I quilted the dark purple areas with straight lines. Yeah, I know. Straight lines are kinda my go-to quilting design, but in this case I wanted quilting that was simple so it wouldn't compete with the little hot doggies.

In the light purple areas, I quilted paw prints and a few hearts. Since this is a baby quilt, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with doggie-related quilting motifs, so I stuck to paw prints only, and avoiding dog bone and hydrant motifs. For the doggie chasing the ball, I quilted swirly lines to suggest movement.

Also, I only placed the paw prints in the outer light purple area, reverting to straight lines again (going the opposite direction as before) in the other inner and far outer light purple areas.

I had left over HSTs so I pieced the back.

For the binding, I pieced strips from each of the light batiks I used.

The design is my own and I call it “Dash Away, Dachs Away!” Here are the quilt details:

“Dash Away, Dachs Away!”
36” x 36”
Original Design
: Island Batik Vineyard collection
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt #2785 Very Dark Navy
Quilting Thread: Superior Threads Fantastico 40 wt #5041 King’s Crown, Exquisite 40 wt #E5383 Dark Lilac
Pieced and Quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Since I’ve got two nieces who are expecting, I suppose another dachshunds baby quilt is in my future! <grin>

Have you finished any baby quilts lately? I'd love to see them! Link up a photo to my Wednesday Wait Loss. It's open until Tuesday at midnight EST.

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Tell me…have you made any baby quilts lately?