|The original Caillou quilt|
What I love so much about quilting is the level of creativity allowed. You can find a pattern and follow it to the letter but depending on the fabric you choose, it can look totally different from the original. This new Caillou quilt needed a few changes. The boy that it was being made for shares a room with his sister. Their walls are 4 different colors that all compliment each other very well. However, the walls are not primary colors and Caillou is. The original quilt I made would look horrible in this little one's room. This mom asked me to focus on greens and blues and tone down the shades a bit. No problem!
We set to work picking out colors....
Here are the original ones I picked. I tried to keep the same color palate but lighten it up a bit.
The next step was to assemble it all. I really liked the dots that I found in the first picture so I kept those in there. The colors in the dots were all found in the embroidery designs so it tied in really well. For the quilting I had to keep in mind that this was for a little boy and he will be sleeping in it every night. It needed to be durable! For this sized quilt, I rented time on a long arm quilting machine at my local quilt shop. (This, by the way, is my new love!) I choose a stippling design which is kind of a rambling swirl going all over the quilt.
Oh that machine is so much fun to use! It cuts my quilting time in half (at least!) and does a much better job than my home machine would do.
Added a binding, washed it up, and we are ready to go! Here is the finished product...