Crocodile Rock (a-bye-baby)
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.
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.
This mock up shows a twin size layout, with the 8 headed version……
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.
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.
See ya later, Alligator!
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