Thursday 1 August 2019

A Walk in the Park - 'Taking a Lion for a Walk'

As usual it was a lot of fun thinking random thoughts about the theme, which suddenly went in the direction of a doodle we used to do at primary school called 'taking a line for a walk' - maybe you know the one; you do a squiggly line and then fill in all the intersecting loops with different colours or patterns, preferably using your best felt-tip pens.

For no real reason I thought perhaps I could take a lion for a walk (ho ho) and so here is my quilt.

My little lion has just taken a wander through a park filled with flower borders, and is now sitting down smelling the flowers and enjoying a rest.

Click on the pictures to see them better.

The flower borders are made from Liberty scraps.  The lion's mane and tail are accentuated with lazy daisy stitches in perle thread, and I used 28 weight aurifil for the stipple quilting.  I used fusible bias binding for the line, and carved a stamp for the paw prints - the first time I've used either in a quilt. 

I wanted a binding that looked like a picture frame so attempted a faux-flanged binding and have to admit that it took me two goes.  So although my quilt is really just a bit of fun I did try some 'new to me' techniques.  I enjoyed making this one a lot!

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  1. This is adorable Catherine I love all the little bits of embroidery and the stamped paws are the icing on the cake :)

  2. I agree, this is adorable. Love the little bits of Liberty fabric. It's a happy spin on the theme. I'd smile every time I looked at it!

  3. I have a wide smile on my face looking at this quilt, Catherine. I used to love the taking a string for a walk coloring; except we didn't call it that. Good thing you called it that because it resulted in this quilt! It reminds me of the TV programs where they feature young lions and tigers learning to walk on leashes in the zoo grounds as they become Animal Ambassadors. Just delightful!

  4. That is such a cute interpretation of the theme:)

  5. So, so cute! I love plays on words, and this one does interpret that perfectly.

  6. He’s really cute Catherine!
    Everything about him is really cute! I love the way you made his mane, very effective!
    Love the paw prints, the bias leash, the patchwork fabrics ..... and most of all your quilting. I’d love to be able to quilt like that one day.
    Barbara x

  7. I get a very peaceful feeling from looking at him contemplating the flowers.
    And I am also interested in finding out about fusible bias tape, so you have made me contemplate a new possibility too!
    A very lovable piece.

  8. I think this is brilliant, Catherine! I love your squiggly flower borders and the lion is adorable. The paw prints, quilting and binding finish it off perfectly. A wonderful piece :)

  9. That is such a charming scene. You made good use of all the textures and the quilting. It looks like the lion has some trapunto in its tummy or just finished lunch.. I’m glad to know there is fusible bias. Where did you find it?

    1. Hi Paula! I found it on Amazon - it's called Clover Quick Fusible Bias Tape and the one I got was 6mm wide. It was a lot of fun to use!

  10. How whimsical. I loved make squiggly lines and coloring in the areas that are enclosed. I didn't know it had a real name. You combined so many techniques it makes it all the more fun to look at.

  11. I love it... the foot prints are my favorite. I think they add so much whimsy to it.
    And the free motion quilting is just perfection.

  12. That is so much fun! We never had that game in school but I wish we had and I can see myself giving it a go. wouldn't it be a fun Free motion quilting exercise to do!