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Crocodile Rock (a-bye-baby)

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Rock a bye baby….

Down in the swamp…

Perfect for a baby boy, the background for this little quilt is Kona Caribbean. I chose it simply because it was the only blue fabric I had a large enough cut to use for this quilt. Designing this fierce creature was a lot of fun. And so was the piecing process. As with all my designs, this pattern is NOT paper pieced.

The crocodiles were made from this goldfish print by Kaeli Smith for Elizabeth’s Studio and the spikes on their backs, constructed using my No Waste Flying Geese Units tutorial, are made from this Chicken Wire print from Bright and Early by Evelia for Wilmington Prints.

I quilted my organic wavy lines using my walking foot. My thread choices were a variegated blue Superior Thread on top….

And a variegated green Superior Thread on the bottom.

This cute backing fabric was my source for inspiration in the design of this quilt. Back in May I showed my newly purchased Crocs Park from the Urban Zoologie collection by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics here.

In that same post I showed the Chicken Wire Texture in Orange from the Bright and Early collection by Evelia for Wilmington Prints. This became the spikes for the backs of the crocodiles and was aslo used for the binding.

Before starting this quilt, as with all my work, I first draw up my ideas on graph paper. Then head to my computer to transfer these ideas into a design using EQ7.

Then I uploaded fabric swatches chosen from fabrics that I already had in (my stash).

Here is a mock up of the baby sized version using Ecco Spheres by Benartex and Lush by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics. And a darker green background.

BABY quilt approximately 38” x 44”

This mock up shows a twin size layout, with the 8 headed version……

TWIN quilt approximately 74” x 88”

And this mock up shows a twin size layout, with the 16 headed version, using the same goldfish fabric and Chicken Wire print that I used.

TWIN quilt approximately 74” x 88”
The Crocodile Rock quilt pattern includes material requirements and complete instructions for making the BABY quilt or the TWIN size quilt using either 8 or 16 heads.

I have been spending the majority of my time lately designing animal quilt blocks and will be sharing some big projects with you in the very near future. But it was nice to take a break from all that pattern work to just sit and sew this past week. Especially considering all the fabrics were chosen from what I had on hand. Ordering new fabric is always fun. Who doesn’t jump for joy when receiving a happy mail delivery? But it sure felt good to dig through those bins and find something that would work for this.

“Crocodile Rock” finished at approximately 38″ x 44″
and was the 59th use of my 100 labels

ordered from Ikaprint.

The Crocodile Rock quilt pattern is now available for purchase from my pattern shop here.

See ya later, Alligator!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

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44 Responses

  1. ~Diana says:

    Another WONDERFUL design, Lorna! Adorable baby quilt~well done!!

  2. Jasmine says:

    Absolutely adorable! It looks like they have been eating a lot of fish. 🙂

  3. Gina says:

    Another great quilt. Somehow you've made crocs look cute. I love the look of the two new patterns on your side bar.

  4. KaHolly says:

    Oh, my goodness, Lorna, you've done it again! This is absolutely adorable! XO

  5. Dana Gaffney says:

    So cute and of course you used the perfect fabrics. After a while crocodile 🙂

  6. \”In a while crocodile\” :)! What a great design. You are amazing. Love this!

  7. MaryBeth says:

    That is really an adorable quilt. Your choices of fabrics is truly inspired. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  8. KathyinMN says:

    OMG-another adorable quilt? !!! Love it. And love the wavy quilting on it.

  9. God has really blessed you girl, you are on a roll with your creativeness. I am enjoying the blog hop sooo much. many cute new ideas to use the puppies. one newbie said it was an easy pattern for her, soooo I think I'm gonna try it too.I'm so happy for you.Hugs Tonia

  10. Carla says:

    Very fun Lorna! And isn't that backing just perfect ; )

  11. I love it when you design a new animal and see how the fabrics always look like they are made just for your projects 🙂

  12. Unknown says:

    Oh!!! I love all your animals💗 PS: can't wait to see upcoming patterns from the right side of the page)))

  13. This is adorable. It's even more awesome than I thought it would be from that sneak peek on Wednesday's post.

  14. Nicole says:

    How adorable is this! Love the colors!

  15. I am loving it! Perfect for a toddler quilt!

  16. Seriously? Could this be any cuter? Love it! 🙂

  17. Cut&Alter says:

    Loving the crocodiles Lorna!! Truly I wish my girls were younger or at the very least had toddlers within my family or friends ……. It's great to see the different variations on EQ7.

  18. cspoonquilt says:

    The gators are very cute! And thanks for the link to the Flying geese tutorial, I'm definetly going to try that the next time I need some FGs! cheers!

  19. Unknown says:

    Amazing as usual! And we are Gator fans, so an orange and blue version will be living in my house for sure.

  20. Lorna, you are some sort of animal designing genius! This is super fun! Love it.

  21. Unknown says:

    What a fun pattern!!!!

  22. Sewmotion says:

    Oh Lorna, you've done it again!!! This is fantastic, I love it!! Can't wait to get stuck into your new projects 🙂

  23. Janine says:

    This is a perfect little boy quilt! Love the gold fish fabric.

  24. All your animals are so cute…including this guy! These patterns are all so versatile, too. Have I mentioned how impressive your bindings are? I tried to machine bind my most recent quilt and ended up ripping it all out and hand sewing it. It took FOREVER!

  25. Heide says:

    What a fun pattern, the goldfish fabric is darling.

  26. Adorable! Is there ANY animal that you can't make an adorable quilt of?!

  27. How did you manage the find a matching backing?!! Although I am afraid of crocodiles, yours, however, are fabulous :)-Soma

  28. Such a cute design. I don't think there isn't an animal that you can't tackle and make look adorable on a baby quilt.

  29. What a fun quilt, I think your signature wavy quilting stands out and is extra fitting on this quilt!

  30. I think it is so awesome that you have found such a unique quilt design niche, Lorna! How clever, yet again. 🙂

  31. Anonymous says:

    OMG! OMG! these crocodiles are so cute. Crocodiles are possibly the only animals that I am scared off(ha ha as if I see them everyday) but your are so super adorable. I just love them…Leena

  32. Oh that's awesome! And what a perfect backing and binding, I love how the binding looks like teeth!

  33. Oh I get a chuckle out of this one Lorna! It's super, from the original idea, to the name, to the finished quilt. 🙂 And love your final phrase on the post too!

  34. Oh my gosh…how adorable is this. Another great creation.

  35. Pat says:

    Really, this is just too darned cute! I don't need a baby quilt … wish I did.

  36. Cheryl says:

    This is a super cute pattern, I love the crocodiles! Its great to use what we have on hand, the bonus being that once we use it up we have more room for new fabric 🙂

  37. OH Lorna! As usual you've rocked the pattern design world again! Super cute!!!

  38. Brianna says:

    Everything about this is fantastic.

  39. I have decided that you dream in graph paper – and Boom – another amazing quilt shows up in the morning! 😉 Love it!