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Woodland Quilt Top

I have finally got this baby woodland quilt top done. But not before adding some bees. I have appliqued bees before so easy peezy, right?

Nope, I go and have to make an all new kind of bee. One with 3D wings, washable and made of tulle.

After a few experiments I got good workable wings.

Now to add the bees to the quilt top.

I made a very tactile baby quilt. I have no idea if the child is autistic. But I know kids love to touch things. So a washable touchable quilt top is made.

Sewed a ton.
More applique

Yes that is real fun fur on a quilt.

The turtle legs are floppy.

I love this batik fern fabric. 
Here is the whole quilt top before squaring up.
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Egg wash the star caps and add sugar

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You called?
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