There's nothing cuter than a donkey in boots, so I was very excited to hear that Laurie Wisbrun's adorable donkeys in wellies had been picked up by Robert Kaufman and released as "Jack and Jenny". Some of you may remember the original Wonky Donkey quilt that I made using Laurie's spoonflower fabrics (modelled by Fizzy). My son loves this quilt!
I started straight away on making an updated version for my son (you can never have too many donkey quilts!) I love that the new donkeys and boots are just so vibrant and it was fun pairing them with some really strong colours - the grey background adds that extra pop - don't you think?
On the new Jack and Jenny fabric the donkeys are a bit smaller (original donkeys measured 5in x 4in and the new donkeys measure 4in x 3in), so I was able to make the blocks a bit smaller and have more of them...
...giving it a more refined look... maybe?
I decided to quilt this with straight-ish white vertical lines, kind of like rain. Initially I was tearing my hair out trying to get it right, but once I figured out that I had to really reduce the pressure on the presser foot, it quilted beautifully and I'm thrilled with the result!
I made a very simple pieced back. My son picked out the red fabric, as it will be his quilt, and I didn't buy quite enough fabric, so I added some white lines (inspired by a block in Modern Blocks.)
I absolutely love this quilt, but I was in desperate need of a super cute donkey to plop it on. As I don't live in Sydney any more, Fizzy was out of reach and the rocking horse wasn't quite cutting it.
Yesterday morning I rang up Margaret from the Donkey and Mule Society of South Australia and
If you would like to try your hand at some stack 'n' slash, fussy-cutting donkey fun, the pattern's available here.
This quilt will be appearing at Australian Quilt Market in the HQW Distributors booth in a few weeks. Do you think I should stick with the name "Wonky Donkey 2", or try something new like Wonkier Donkey, Donkey got Wonky, Too Wonky for a Donkey... something else?
Now I'm off to check out all of the other quilts at Blogger's Quilt Festival, which I'm proud to be sponsoring. Thanks Amy for all of your hard work!