Deer Quilt

Friday, November 13, 2015

After completing the Missouri art quilt, another angel was needed for the same #MYAHswap. I had another idea, so I volunteered to make another one.


Reverse applique deer quilt

The quilt was inspired by “stencil quilts” made by Daniel Rouse. He made a t-rex and a deer quilt. He says, "The quilt is one in a series of “stencil quilts” that I have designed and created. The technique involves creating two patchwork quilt tops, sewing the layers together along the lines of a stencil, then cutting out the top layer to reveal the stencil beneath. I was inspired by an antique quilt whose well worn top began to disintegrate, revealing and even older and more worn quilt inside that had been used as batting or stuffing."



Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I have wanted to try the reverse appliqué stencil quilt for a very long time, and thought this was the perfect way to experiment.


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I chose all light tan/neutral fabrics out of my stash and also all dark brown fabrics. I cut them into 1 ½” squares (that would finish at 1”).


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I put all the light squares in one brown paper sack, and the dark browns in another. I sewed the light squares together randomly until I had a 20”x20” quilt top. Then repeated for the dark brown. (400 squares of each!)


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I found a picture of a deer silhouette that I liked on the internet and printed it on 4 pages so it would be large enough to cover the quilt.


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I layered the backing (fabric I got in a scrap bag from Carol’s Country Quilt Shop in Van Buren, Missouri - now closed), batting, and dark quilt top and pin basted them together. I used my walking foot on my Bernina Record 930 and quilted on either side of the seam lines. Then I pin basted the light quilt top and the paper deer silhouette on top. Using my darning foot, I quilted around the outline of the deer. Then I removed the paper outside that outline and quilted a stipple pattern onto the light quilt top. Then I removed the rest of the paper and cut away the quilt top that was inside the outline stitches.


Reverse applique deer quilt


Reverse applique deer quilt

I used a light batik fabric from my stash for the binding. The quilt is 20" square.


Reverse applique deer quilt
Reverse applique deer quilt
Reverse applique deer quilt
I mailed it along with some extras to Kentucky!


Reverse applique deer quilt

This just might be my favorite quilt I've made to date!


Reverse applique deer quilt

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