A Very Hungry Caterpillar in the New Year

Last month my friends, Tara and Gabe, celebrated the birth of their first baby, Conor David! He was a surprise in that mom and dad didn’t want to know the sex. So as he grew Tara would tell us how big he was in relation to fruits. This gave me an idea for a quilt that could be great for a boy or girl.

I had seen the Hungry Caterpillar fabric line and remembered there was a fruit border with the caterpillar eating holes through it. And so I ordered most of the adorable line!


It’s a simple quilt in that I used the Hungry Caterpillar panel in the center and just did a few rows of sashing. But it’s more complex in that I used trapunto in it. Trapunto is a technique in which you stuff areas on a quilt to create a raised decorative feature. The leaf, butterfly, and caterpillar were all done in this manner. While it’s hard to show, above and below the butterfly I also used this technique to put the baby’s name on the quilt.


I actually drafted out the quilting on a piece of paper as I wanted to do different designs all over the quilt. I free motioned the whole quilt on the Beast and while I’m happy with it overall, I had some tension issues. P1000679 copy

In the end though, I don’t think Conor will notice, he’ll just be happy he’s warm!