A Horse for Sophie

February 4, 2015

Like any 7 year old, my daughter Sophie wants a horse of her very own.  She also happens to want a quilt of her own too.  Lucky for me, Sophie is an unusually rational 7 -year-old (most of the time), and she is willing to settle for a quilt with a horse on it instead of a living, breathing filly whose stall she’d have to muck twice a day.

So today, I have a Work In Progress to share with you inspired by my need to finally make a quilt for my oldest daughter.

Horse Quilt

This is a pattern for collage quilt called Confetti, by Laura Heine. The pattern provided me with a large cut-out in the shape of a horse, which I then used to cut out a piece of thin white voile, that will serve as the foundation for the little bits of floral cut from a million different fabrics.

I have been collecting large scale floral fabrics for awhile, in anticipation of this project.  They all needed to be fused to a stabilizer and then cut out and fused to the horse foundation.  As Laura says in her pattern, this is not a quick project. No, not at all.

In fact, this is a project for a long, lazy, pajama-clad day.  It’s for a rainy, 10 cups of tea day while the kids play on the floor at your feet.

Horse up close

The beauty of using Steam A Seam is that it can be repositioned.  So if you decide to move a flower a little to the left, no problem.  Just peel it off and stick it back on.  Once you are sure that you have the placement to your liking, give it a good press with a hot iron, and it’s there for life.

Belly Flower

Here’s my favorite flower on the collage.  It’s romantic, and has movement, and was just begging to be placed right in the center of the collage.

It’s been difficult to choose the background fabric for the project.  Right now, it is resting on top of a hexagon print from Camelot Fabrics.  I think I like it…. but I’m still not sure. The text prints are always calling my name.

I’m thinking of quilting it with an overall design of hook swirls, a la Angela Walters. The idea is to carefully quilt right over the collage, hoping not to catch my needle on the lip of the foundation pieced fabric.

swirl hook AW

What do you think?  Do you have any other quilting ideas for me? I’d love to hear….

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  • Reply sfredett February 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Ummm, holy quilts batman, this is GORGEOUS!!! And I don’t even like horses (or florals). 😀 I personally like it on this background – texty fabrics might make it a little too busy, but given the right text fabric, it could definitely work.

  • Reply RuthB February 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Love it! It looks fantastic and well worth all the effort!

  • Reply Terri Ann February 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    This is some mind boggling wow stuff right here. The motifs you picked blend so beautifully into each other it’s as though you found some floral horse fabric and just cut out a horse. I’ve certainly never seen a technique like this but I love it!

  • Reply Tracy February 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is fabulous!! I’m with Terri Ann ~ looks like you found an amazing floral horse fabric. I’m sure Sophie loves it and can’t wait to have it finished!
    I like the background you’ve got ~ I’m not sure a text print (awesome as they are…) would work as well. Looking forward to seeing this beauty completed 🙂

  • Reply Lorna McMahon February 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Serious BEAUTYOUSNESS here! I adore the pattern and your choice of floral fabrics is perfect. Love to try this technique one day. Although I do like the hexagon fabric, I can’t wait to see what you decide to use as the background!

  • Reply Heather February 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Very nice!

  • Reply Jasmine February 4, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    This is absolutely amazing! I love the contrast between the geometric print and the big florals. What a lucky daughter.

  • Reply Marly February 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    What a wonderful whimsical horse. I reminds me of the psychedelic art of the 1960s. It sounds like a real labour of love!

  • Reply Sarah February 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    This is gorgeous!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey February 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love this! The horse with all of its flowery goodness is just beautiful. I really like this background fabric. It has a soft pattern but does not compete with the applique.

  • Reply melintheattic February 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    This is fantastic. Wonderful. I can’t wait to see the final version.

  • Reply Genevieve February 4, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    This is amazingly beautiful. Gosh, I want one. What a labor of love!

  • Reply Maggie February 5, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Love the collage of flowers! how tedious but so great!

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl February 5, 2015 at 4:44 am

    The horse is so stunning! How large is it (I’m guessing pretty big)? 🙂

  • Reply Joanna February 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I really like the background you’ve chosen, i think it’s a great contrast to the florals. I agree with the comments above as well, it really looks like one fabric of florals; you’ve figured out some great placement there! Love the flower that looks like an eye, and the spiky ones around the mane area too!

  • Reply kittywilkin February 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    This is amazing!!!! I personally like the geometric background, too. I’ve never heard of the method, either. Steam a seam is intriguing! Sophie is one lucky girl! I like your chosen quilting pattern… I’ll put my thinking cap on about it, but I think you have the right idea. I discovered with my latest quilt that quilting along with the pattern is sometimes counter-intuitive. I would probably free motion quilt details on the horse and echo quilt around the horse, and then fill in the background with something different (aka a LOT of work with not necessarily an effective outcome). This is fab!

  • Reply Jen February 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    So pretty! What a special quilt for your daughter.

  • Reply Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe February 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This is super cool I want to try it! I cannot wait to see what it looks like finished. Although I might extend the neck and call it a giraffe 😉

  • Reply Cassandra February 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, this so beautiful! So in love. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  • Reply Jeanenne Morphis March 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Stephanie. I made my own design of a foal using mostly Kaffe fabrics. I used an ombre background in teal and it is really a nice touch. I love your site.

  • Reply Lauren Wright March 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    You have done a wonderful job! My local quilt shop sells quite a few Laura Heine collage patterns and I’m just in love with them! I think I’m going to pick one up and hold on to it until I’m feeling more confident about the process. Adore, adore, adore!

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