The children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle has metamorphosized into another crib-size quilt! This baby quilt is a gift for my friend's new baby girl. My friend is an art educator and Eric Carle is close to her heart, so I know they will treasure it for years to come.
I purchased four separate Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics from The Eric Carle Museum: the fruit and junk food, very hungry caterpillar panel, very hungry caterpillar draft stopper for the sun, and color dots for the background.
The quilt is divided into three sections: top, middle, and bottom. I cut pieces from the different fabrics and arranged them two per section. Next I sewed the dot fabric around each piece and sewed the three sections together. Most of the time (when I quilt) I center the blocks. However, I saw another Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt that was off-centered, which reminded me that quilts do not have to be symmetrical. In fact, the unbalanced blocks are pleasing to my eye.
Once I completed the quilt top, I brought the top and bottom pieces to The Bayberry Quilt and Gift Shoppe. Within a few weeks, they quilted and bound it. I am very pleased with the meandering orange lines throughout the quilt; it's as if the little insect really is inching its way over the leaf and through the fruit until it transforms into a beautiful butterfly.