Just Keep Swimming!

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This project was an experiment to say the least! My Granny wanted baby quilts & onesies to give as gifts to some friends who were having babies and she wanted them to match the nursery themes. One wanted western and the other wanted Nemo (you’ll see the western one later).

I couldn’t find examples of Nemo themed quilts ANYWHERE and embroidering enough Nemo patterns on my machine for a quilt would have been too much of a hassle because of how small the hoop is….so I decided to learn applique! Technically this is my second applique quilt (because I finished the western one first) but I am no expert. I also had no pattern…

What I found is that I LOVE applique! It is so flexible design wise and it is actually pretty easy. To make my pattern I found an image of a finding Nemo fleece blanket that I liked and searched coloring books to find the characters in similar poses. Then I brought the images into Photoshop and re sized/re adjusted to get the scene the way I wanted it. I printed the characters out on the printer at home and pieced them together with tape. Then I used my creative judgement to trace the pieces I needed out onto Wonder under fusible backing. From there it’s a long tutorial on how to applique that I won’t bore you with. Basically the Wonder under makes the fabric into an iron on transfer, so you iron it down then sew around the edges to make it permanent. There is no magical stitch that everyone likes or perfect way to do it. I used black thread and did a satin stitch (very short zig-zag) to make it look like cartoon outlines.

Also, you can’t see it here as well, but I had a lot of fun playing with free motion quilting to add water and other textures to the background

Tada! I would improve a few things for the next round, but I’m not upset with the results at all!

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And bonus! Baby onesies to match!

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