To begin with I began Googling 'beetles' to get some ideas. Beetle tracks popped up - and I liked that idea. So there are beetle tracks all over the quilt. I made my beetle tracks with a round foam brush and black fabric paint. Once the paint was dry & heat set with a hot iron it was time to load the quilt onto Freddie and begin quilting around those beetle tracks.
Have you spotted the quilting design yet? It is a mix and match leaf pattern. All the leaves are the same shape.
I made my own template out of a cereal packet to quickly mark the outlines & then each leaf line is heavily quilted - more than a micro stipple - and each leaf has its own design.
Bess herself was made from a panel I created and ordered through Spoonflower. (Spoonflower Tip: To create an image the same size as the width of the fabric your picture needs to measure 6300 pixels x 5400 pixels.) Here is Bess ....
Here is what the whole quilt looks like.
And of course you need to see the back.
What is this? A little bag? What could be in it?
Well when Bess was with us she had some babies. (Again with the help of Spoonflower.) Fifteen babies to be exact.
And on the back of each baby is a piece of Velcro.
And each baby attaches to various places on the quilt. (The black beetle tracks hide the Velcro spots perfectly.) I wonder if S will be able to find where they live!
I used a wool batting AND a cotton batting for this quilt so the texture is divine.
And here is the quilt - all folded up and concealed in its matching Bess Beetle pillowcase. Did I forget to mention I made a matching pillowcase too? I used a very old pillowcase tutorial of mine - and I was pleased that it all still made sense!
I really hope that Asia & S love their beetle quilt as much as I loved making it.