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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Back in September Simon and I were invited to a first birthday party - here's our invitation.


In my stash was just the thing for the perfect birthday gift -
fabric from The Very Hungry Caterpillar collection by Eric Carle for Andover Fabrics.

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR QUILT

The Quilt Story
So what happens when the very hungry caterpillar has eaten his way through all that food on the quilt top?

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Let's flip the quilt over and find out...

... he turns into a beautiful butterfly and flies away

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Book
Not familiar with the story?  Author, Eric Carle, reads the book to you in this fab Puffin Books video on Youtube, it's only 2-1/2 mins long and well worth a watch.


The Quilt Details
Main fabrics - The Very Hungry Caterpillar collection for Andover Fabrics
Binding - Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

zigzag quilting on 2-1/4" double fold zigzag binding
quilting - Aurifil 50 wt #2600 Dove Grey
binding - Sulky #4106 100% cotton 30
batting - Quilters Dream Cotton Request

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Finished quilt size - 41" x 41" (approx)

made in Jersey City, New Jersey on 26 August 2016
by Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD
 and was gifted by Chris + Simon Dodsley to Finn Lam on his first birthday

Though I say it myself, I'm loving that I've inserted the butterfly section into the backing fabric using a Y-seam rather than by piecing the backing.

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Don't let Y-seams scare you, check out my Beginner's Guide To Y-Seams.

Beginner's Guide To Y-Seams by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Stars Of The Book:
The Caterpillar

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

and The Butterfly

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Head Shot

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Location Shot

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Scrunchy

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Roll-Up

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Messy Fold

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Party

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Birthday Boy

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Santa Sack
Love The Very Hungry Caterpillar?  Take a look at the Santa Sack I made a couple of years ago from the Christmas fabric range.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Santa Sack by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR QUILT

Making a child's quilt based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

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26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift. I hope you made the parents promise to let Finn use the quilt and not just "save" it.

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    1. Indeed, I said those very words to them - all my quilts are to be used, I can't bear the thought of them being 'saved' :D

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  2. The quilt is darling and will be well loved. The party looks delightful and FUN! I'm saving the video to watch with my granddaughter this afternoon. Thanks for sharing the link.

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    1. I hope she enjoyed watching it with you Karen, it's such a great story :D

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  3. The perfect gift! I'm sure it will be loved to pieces!

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  4. Absolutely love it! Great idea to have the caterpillar on one side and butterfly on the other. This story has a special place in my heart - we read it daily to our son while still in the womb, continuing to read it daily to him while he was in his isolette (after being delivered 12 weeks prem). I think, 15 years later, I can almost still recite it off by heart!

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    1. Love your story of what the book means to you. My grandson, who is two, is now enjoying it as much as my own kids did almost 30 years ago, it's really a great book isn't it? :D

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  5. What a lovely gift Chris, I am sure that it will be well loved!

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  6. I had forgotten the story, thanks for the reminder! And wonderful to have energy to have such a wonderfully themed and thought out party! Your quilt is perfect and will bring such nice memories to their lives. : )

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  7. Love your Hungry Caterpillar quilt - it is one of my favourite stories too!

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  8. Oh My! just soooo cute! I know they will treasure it!

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  9. My kids loved this book! And I love, love your quilt! Where did you get your quilt tags made at?

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    1. Thanks, my kids, long since grown, and now my grandson love this book too. Let me have your email and I'll send you my label details - my email link is in the right hand sidebar :D

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  10. What a darling quilt and what neat pictures of it. Love how you did so many shots...the fold, the messy fold, the roll, the head shot the butterfly, etc. :) I'm sure the little cutie getting it will love it for many years to come.

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  11. Such a pretty quilt..I love how you did the quilting and the binding!

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  12. Gosh that is cute. I love Eric Carle's illustrations, and they make a great quilt.

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  13. An awesome first birthday present, Chris. I think I know the book off by heart.

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  14. A beautiful gift and one very happy little boy

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  15. What a birthday party, adore the quilt and so many creative Hungry Caterpillar crafts.

    #HandmadeMonday

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  16. One of my kids favourite books when they were young - I miss how cute they were then!
    This fabric is beautiful, I love how you really made good use of tit and the pattern size in this quilt. Thanks for stopping by #HandmadeMonday

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  17. How very cute! The y-seam for the back is pretty genius. And the birthday boy seems to like it too!

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  18. Your photo on Linky Tuesday captured my teacher's heart - just had to check you out! That quilt is fun and child like, perfect companion to the book! I hope you sent a picture to the author and publisher! :) Love your writing style as well!

    Thank you for your link to your Y Seams tutorial - pinned that one! :)

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  19. We just had A very hungry caterpillar birthday for our youngest last month. I love the quilt.

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