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Thread: Following the bug, spider, or butterfly a quarter of a mile!

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    Senior Member All Thumbs's Avatar
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    Ah-h-h-h, SantaClaus finally finished our grandson's bug quilt. While I never had a pattern and just started putting things together, I was not sure this day would come. I have always wanted to make a bug quilt and as our grandson became more and more fascinated with bugs, I knew the time had come. This little guy (3 years) can follow an insect a quarter of a mile if we would let him.

    The quilt preparation started last winter when I started collecting bug fabric from my Guild's free table or fat quarters here and there. Then I started received bits and pieces of fabric from my quilting friends. What a great bunch of gals!

    At first, the quilt was only the six large jars and I did not like it. A friend told me, "Make some tall jars." But still I did not like it. Finally she said in her well-seasoned quilting voice, "Chop the jars in half and make squatty ones." That did it. I was beginning to love my blocks.

    The next step was assembly--black would certainly look great but I did not have any in my stash. Coincidentally, the LQS was having a bolt sale and I came home with ten yards of black fabric! LOL

    When all of this was organized, it seemed bland around the edges so I fuzzy cut some stuff and machine appliqued those little critters upon it.

    I utilized cream colored thread for free motion machine quilting and was surprised when the thread disappeared upon the jars but appeared like spider webbing upon the black sashing, etc. What luck I have had with this quilt. Now if I were only a designer, I would have a great original pattern.

    These two critters should have been at the top of the quilt but I was afraid little one might be scared of them when darkness of the bedroom came. Therefore, they landed at the bottom of the quilt.
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    Fantastic!!!
    He is going to love it!!!!!

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    What a wonderful quilt. I'm sure he will love it for many years. My grandson is 11 and like yours he could follow an insect for miles and tell you everything there is to know about it too.

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    Great story ang great quilt!

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    Wow, such a creative idea. He is going to love it!

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    So cute I'm sure he will love it.

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    I really like this quilt. I was not sure about the bugs, etc. but you have done a great job with colors, designs, etc. Great job!

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    What an adorable quilt. One of the best critter quilts I have seen.

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    Ah yes, Sunflower126, lets hope those grandsons of ours grow up with good good, bright ideas and go to college to study Entomology. Thanks for the kudos.

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    What an awesome quilt. Your grandson will love it. Great job. I love the different sized jars. :thumbup:

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