After a bit of a rush, I have just finished this cot quilt for Sarah's new baby.
Sarah is my very hard working (and now very missed!) colleague, who went on her maternity leave about a month ago. Her baby wasn't due until mid October, but little Rebecca couldn't wait to start her life and was 3 weeks early! So this meant I was quite behind with her cot quilt. But now, at last, it is finished.
When I started to think about what to do for Sarah's second baby I decided to try to match the first one but with different animals.
To start with I tried to design some animals in the same style. I managed a zebra quite well but couldn't manage to get any other 'jungle animals' to work. Because of the strong graphic design, only animals with a long snout worked (not, for instance, a lion). In the end I researched the original artist, who is called Erica J Vess, to see what else she had done in the same style and came across a collection of stick-legged farm animals. After a consultation with Sarah, we decided on the cow and the horse.
I used a combination of reverse and traditional needle-turn applique to make the 3 cows and 3 horses. Then I trimmed them to the middle block size and strip pieced a log cabin around them.