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Dream World Quilt

I have been a big fan of Emily Martin aka The Black Apple for many, many years. She was one of the first people I came across when I joined Etsy way back in 2008. In fact I even wrote a little blog post here professing my love and own some of her artwork.

Since Etsy Emily has become a best-selling author and has turned her prints into magical stories which I read to my daughter every night! It is always so special sharing a love of something with her, especially when it is something that has a special meaning to me. So imagine my excitement burst when I found out that Riley Blake Designs were releasing a licensed fabric line of her artwork!

Dreamworld Quilt

I am a bit nervous about sharing this, it is quite different to what I usually make, well the boldness of the navy is certainly a step away from my usual colour palette as is the improvised nature of it all, equally I am excited to share.

I didn’t choose a pattern or go in with a plan, which is something that is totally alien to me. Instead I let each block “speak to me”, I knew I wanted to use the panel – the pictures were some of my favourite from the book and would be instantly recognisable to Mabel. I can see us snuggling down together under this quilt to read the books.

Dreamworld Fabric

I put a lot of pressure on myself to get this right. I wanted it to be perfect. So this took a lot of thought, procrastinating and that ultimate fear of cutting into precious fabric. In the end I bit bullet and went for it cutting each block down to size. I have never worked with a panel before, I assume the point of the panel is that it is a ready made quilt top and all you would need to do is add a border if you wanted it bigger and then quilt? However I really wanted to put my own little touch to it and add a bit of magic.

The theme of the prints/stories are dreams, so I thought making some of the bigger squares as stars would give it a lovely night-time, magical effect.

Dreamworld Quilt
“Will robins race to fly you somewhere high above the trees?”

Fun fact; there was some confusion around the navy fabric which is a Riley Blake Basic called Blossoms. I had intended to use a navy blossom on white but instead ordered the white blossoms on navy, what a happy accident! I think it was meant to be, they look like little stars in the night sky! It also meant I stepped out of my comfort zone of a low volume background.

Dreamworld quilt
“You only have to close your eyes and when you snuggle in…”

Dreamworld quilt

Dreamworld quilt

As a contrast I mixed up the blocks and did some with a slightly paler/ low volume background.

Dreamworld Quilt
“Will you stand up for good by saving the day?”
Dreamworld quilt
“Or will a narwhal dive with you beneath the seven seas?”
Dreamworld Quilt
“For all of your tininess couldn’t disguise a heart so enormous… and wild… and wise”

Then there were some blocks where I just improvised adding pieces of fabric that suited me until they were a similar size to the stars. This was fun, but stepping back and showing it to the world does make me nervous. Will people think “what was she thinking!?”. I think in this block it looks like this little bear is trying to catch the butterflies.

Dreamworld quilt

Another “improv” block. Some of the pieces on the panel were smaller, so I decided to piece them slightly differently, again something that is so against my nature!

Dreamworld quilt

Dreamworld quilt

Here it is in full! Very different to any other quilt I have made, not just because of the colours but because it is so very random! Not uniform or a repetitive pattern!

Dreamworld quilt

Dreamworld quilt

Of course I have to add a quilty ruffle picture!

Dreamworld Quilt

Dreamworld Quilt

Dreamworld Quilt

Now as always my dreaded task of quilting! I am hoping to hand quilt as much as possible and add some embroidery in places as I think it will add a beautiful dimension to the quilt, however I think it will need some machine quilting too. I always worry about this stage, I really don’t want to ruin it, especially with all the thought that has gone into it and the meaning behind the illustrations.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. I do apologise for all the pictures, I think each block deserved a special mention. I hope in the not too distance future I will have a quilted quilt to show you, I can’t wait to snuggle up with Mabel in this quilt so I won’t be leaving it too long.

Dream World fabric is available in shops now.

Dreamworld Quilt

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