Monday, March 31, 2014

Rhino Quilt

So, I made a rhinoceros quilt.

rhino1
It was a gift for my brother. (He likes it, by the way.)

I pieced the rhino using 2.5" squares cut from a Kona New Classic roll-up. The background is made of 12 cream neutral pieces (6 different fabrics). The rhino is machine appliqued to the background.
rhino3
I machine quilted the rhino with swirls and variegated thread, and the background with a fairly open stipple and off-white thread. There are some detail lines hand stitched on the ear, eye, legs, and tail, but they don't show up very well.

rhino back
For the back, I pieced together the rest of the Kona strips in relatively rainbow order, and then put that rainbow in between a blue solid fabric from Connecting Threads and a tan fabric I got from a giveaway at guild meeting a while ago. The binding is an eggplant purple solid from Connecting Threads.

Here's a close-up of the quilting:
rhino back2

I started this quilt back in the summer and had a different (crazier) plan before I decided on the random color placement. I was hoping to finish it for a Christmas gift and then my sewing machine had to go to the shop for most of December. I thought I might be able to get it done for my brother's birthday in February, but I didn't. I did finally finish it and send it, but before I did, I decided I liked it so much that I needed to make another one to keep. I'll show you my progress so far in a couple days.

I would love to hear about the craziest quilt you've ever made!

17 comments:

Melissa Kirk said...

Awesome! I love it.

Kristin said...

This is so great! I should make Henry a hippo. Or a bird. Or ALL of the animals!

Kitty Wilkin said...

I love this quilt! It's so colorful, yet simple. I absolutely love the look of the back, too! I'm very new to quilting, so I'm not sure I have many "crazy" quilts under my belt. I am in the process of finishing a baby quilt that has gotten kinda crazy with free motion quilting. I've been documenting my progress on my blog if you'd like to check it out. The quilt has just continued to grow as I've been working on it. I'm headed up to make the binding, now!

Dana said...

that is fabulous!!!

Vicki W said...

That is awesome!

Carol said...

Absolutely LOVE this!!!!

Tina said...

I never write on blogs but just had to say I LOVE IT!!!!!!! You are very talented.

Carla said...

Love it. The color is so bright and happy. Great quilt.

Debbie said...

This turned out so nice!! Love your quilting on it as well as the varied backgrounds...

amy said...

Omg, your opening line is hilarious. I mean, how does one preface a rino quilt? I don't think you can! This quilt is amazing. You should make it into a pattern, I can totally see all sorts of people at my local quilt shop taking a class to make it!!!

Lynn Clark said...

A stunning and creative quilt. Congratulations!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Wow! That is amazing! How did you do the squares to make the rhino?

Cille said...

Crazy and totally adorable all at once. Fantastic result!

Grandma Rindy said...

I love it and I love that vibrant colors .your brother should be proud of you..how exactly did you piece the rhino

krisrunner said...

That looks great. I can see why you want to make one for yourself.

Patty D from NC said...

fantastic quilt!

Elizabeth said...

That is AWESOME! I love the bold bright rainbow of colors! And your quilting is awesome!

xo -E