Craft swaps are a common thing in the crafting/quilting community. Someone makes something for you, and you make something for someone else. Since I wasn't able to sign up, I waited until the shipping date. Lo and behold, a couple people didn't hold up their end of the deal (happens every time). The swap host asked if anyone would like to be an "angel" and send a package without getting one in return (I've done this twice before). I jumped at the chance to create something Seuss!
My assigned recipient said that Horton was her favorite Seuss character. My goal was to create a mini quilt using an image of Horton.
I decided to use the reverse applique method that I have tried a couple times before with good results. I found an image that I liked on the internet, and enlarged it to cover four sheets of paper. I pin basted my quilt sandwich with backing, batting, orange fabric, gray fabric, and the printed image on top.
Then I used black thread and my darning foot on my Bernina Record 930 to trace the outline of Horton.
I left the eyes and the speck unquilted. Then carefully peeled the paper up in those areas and placed the white and pink fabric underneath. I pinned in place, then quilted them.
Here is the quilt after all the quilting was done and all the paper was removed.
I cut away the excess fabric around the speck and eyes.
Then cut the excess gray fabric away next to the stitched lines, exposing the orange fabric underneath.
I love how it turned out! Every detail is my favorite. From the theme, to the fabrics, to the close-up parts. I love it all!
I printed a fabric label to iron on the back (not pictured) and made a few "extras" to include with the quilt.
Now Horton is on his way to Canada!
"A person's a person, no matter how small!"