I thought I would share how I created my Oswald the Lucky Rabbit quilt!
First his back story: I am part of a group at my local quilt shop, we call ourselves the Smokin’ Needle Quilters. Fo the summer we gave each other a challenge to create a Black and White Quilt with 10% of another color. This was my first quilt for it. I adore how it turned out, but didn’t think it really fit the challenge. I wanted a color that would pop! So I made another quilt.
I found this image of Oswald on society6 by Ed Burczyk. I teach animation and know this character well. I thought the artist’s interpretation of it looked like patchwork triangles. So I brought the image into Photoshop and divided it into even more triangles! I then printed it out to create my own paper piecing pattern.
I have done paper piecing before but am no expert. I decided to work on the ears first, they were quite easy. I did the feet next, still rather simple. The hands were a bit of a challenge with all the fingers but not too difficult.
The head and body were the real challenge! Everything else had been strips, now I had a mass! I broke the head and body into even more sections, trying to find areas to sew together with Y-seams. Once all the pieces were together I needle turned appliqued him down onto the backing fabric. I did meandering free motion quilting on my Pfaff. He finished 30″ square.
I am so happy with how this turned out! I felt the color didn’t work for my group’s challenge but still love it! I learned a lot about creating paper piece patterns and breaking it into sections. I want to make more characters like this! Steamboat Willie anyone? I am considering doing that if I get into Sewvivor. It would be my ‘nautical’ quilt I think! As well as six other designs I have in my head. 🙂