Animal Crackers Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

My friend, Tina Lewis designed and made this darling Animal Crackers quilt. Tina actually designed this quilt a few years back and I've custom machine quilted a few versions of this quilt for her.

This fun quilt has a mix of modern and traditional, so I chose to machine quilt it to tie it all together.

In each of the 9-patch blocks I machine quilted cross-hatching, so to tie the border to those blocks I machine quilted cross-hatching in the outer border.

Around each of the animal appliques I machine quilted small pebbles, I really wanted to make the applique pop!
In the smaller/stop border I machine quilted straight lines, the straight lines help to keep the quilt a bit more modern, but also provide a nice place for the eye to rest.

I really love how this quilt turned out. In the background, around all of the patches I alternated designs, quilting swirls and pebbles, they really helped make the patches pop. Then in the border I quilted swirls in the negative areas.

I really love how it turned out! Thanks for letting me machine quilt this beautiful quilt Tina!

I used Quilters Dream Batting and So Fine! thread by Superior Threads.

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My machine quilting is done on a Gammill 22" Long-Arm Quilting Machine.

For more machine quilting tips and tricks check out my books; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Machine Quilting Feathers.


  1. Absolutely darling quilt design and love your quilting!

  2. Such a fun quilt. Someone will be very lucky to receive this one!

  3. wonderful quilting; is there any info I can get to allow me to purchase the quilt top?


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