February 18, 2016

Quilts with Animals

Martingale - Animal Parade 2
Hello, everyone! I returned a few days ago from visiting my grandsons and still cannot stop thinking about them. The 3-year-old and I where joined at the hip the entire time! I am still catching up with school stuff but my eyes landed on this book I received for review and I got totally derailed!

"Animal Parade 2 - Charming Applique' Quilts for Babies" by Cheri Leffler has 10 adorable projects for children and, best of all for me, they all have gorgeous applique motifs. These birds on the cover add whimsy and cheer to the quilt, don't you think?

Cheri Leffler is such a talented and creative designer, as well as a well-known quilting instructor. I was hooked on her designs for children after I saw her first Animal Parade book in 2014. Her second book is even more amazing. Cheri puts her magical spin on traditional blocks, combining them in unique and unexpected ways. Cuteness beyond pink and blue!

Take a look at my favorite designs:

Martingale - Animal Parade 2Martingale - Animal Parade 2

"From Animal Parade 2 by Cheri Leffler, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. 
Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved." 

Martingale - Animal Parade 2Martingale - Animal Parade 2

This "Pigs in a Blanket" is tempting me - it would look cool in other color combinations, too. She has a keen eye for mixing colors and textures, and the result is a collection of quilts sure to be treasured by little hands today and their children tomorrow!

Cheri's applique' shapes would look great on accessories, too, adorning pillows, wall hangings, baskets... Yep, my heart is definitely still with my grandchildren... If you are new to applique', or always wanted to try it but weren't sure which method to use, Animal Parade 2 provides detailed instructions for needle turn and fusible web applique', along with the embroidery stitches used on Cheri's projects.

I think I should make another quilt for baby Alex! The first was very modern (see previous post) so he needs one that says 'I am a cute baby' all over it. I'd better get busy!

Have fun today,


  1. The pandas are so cute and still perfect for a little boy. Perhaps you could use some Daysail fabrics for the new quilt so both quilts look like they belong together ... just an idea;-)

  2. Really cute quilts, looks like a good book


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