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Friendly Foxes


Friendly FoxesApparently I am in love with all things foxy at the moment and have finished my second fox quilt this year!  This quilt has been delivered to its new owner – an absolutely adorable girl that belongs to friends.  We had visited them late in the summer as they were getting ready for their little one to arrive and I noticed that there was as stuffed fox in with the baby items.  At the time they didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl so I wanted something gender neutral.  I had just been getting ready to make the Fox and Friends quilt for someone else and upon ordering the fabric I also came across the kit for Kona Fox Kits by Sew Fresh Quilts at Mad About Patchwork.  I thought it was cute so decided to give it a try.

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I must admit I did not like this quilt as I was putting it together.  I kept adding the leaves and piecing parts and still didn’t like the overall look.  However I am happy the say that once it was quilted and washed that I loved it and was happy that I didn’t through the whole thing in a pile and move onto something else!

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I decided to embroider her name onto the tree like someone had carved it.  Then came the quilting, I really wanted to accent the overall design of the quilt and keep the quilting to a minimum (I was working with a minky back and wanted it to stay soft, not to mention I started the quilting with just over a week before to go before we would be delivering the quilt).

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I quilted bark on the tree, veins on the leaves and outlined the foxes.  Then filled in the rest with simple straight lines, which gave both the front and back of the quilt a great effect.

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The foxes are so cute and friendly even the deer are not afraid!

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This is my first finish off my Finish a Long quarter 4 list (found here).  Now I had better get working on those Christmas projects.

Link ups this week: Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Lets Be Social

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Fox and Friends Finish


IMG_1726A friend needed a quilt for a baby shower present and I had been eying this pattern for a while so it was a great chance to try it out.  I picked up a kit from Mad About Patchwork, the pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts and got to work.  The piecing came together quickly which was great.

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The backing fabric is from Picture Pie which I think complements the top nicely.

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For quilting I sewed 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams to form diamonds.  Then I quilted in the little girl’s name – Noelle.  I like that it is there, but subtle so it doesn’t take away from the racoons and foxes on the front of the quilt.  I love those racoons!

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This quilt will be on its way to the new baby this weekend!

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My Quilt Infatuation

Berenstain Star


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It seems like I am in the middle of babypalooza right now – everyone is having babies ( and mine is only 5 weeks old) or has close friends having babies.  This means I seem to be making a lot of baby items these days.  The latest finish is heading off to a coworker of my Mom.  The Mom to be grew up reading the Berenstain Bears so it was easy to pick the fabric – the pattern on the other hand took some time to figure out.  Finally upon playing around on the Moda Bakeshop I found a great pattern I loved – Storybook Star.  I do love the incredible number of great free patterns on the Moda Bakeshop and they have great ideas for precuts.

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The front uses a charm pack I had from Welcome to Bear Country and the backing is from the second Berenstain line – Bear Country School.  The green dot fabric is from Riley Blake and I love how well it goes with the other fabrics in the charm pack.

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The quilt came together quickly and I quilted it straight line stitches inside the star and a simple stipple outside to try and highlight the star.  I love the straight line quilting and would do the entire quilt this way if I ever did it again.

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The future owner of this quilt is due to arrive in early August, so I have a few days to figure out what to put on the label before I send it off!  Then I have 2 more baby quilts to make for fall arrivals!

Quilt Stats:

Pattern: Storybook Star

Fabric: Charm squares Welcome to Bear Country by Moda, Kona Ash, Riley Blake dots

Backing: Bear Country School by Moda

Size: 41 x 41″

Link ups:

Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

My Quilt Infatuation

This is my first finish for the third quarter of the 2014 Finish-a-long (list of projects is here).

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Pretty Petals


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My local modern quilt guild decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild Micheal Miller fabric challenge.  This is the quilt that I made for the challenge.  They provided us with fat eights of 6 fabrics which are the main features in the front of my quilt.  I loved the fabric with the colourful wedges and used that to inspire the start of my design with the stacked wedges.

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The back of the quilt was made by piecing the scraps together into a strip and filled with Michael Miller Coral solids.

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For the quilting I decided this would be a great time to try a spiral quilting.  I had two designs and after a bit of debating I decided to center the spirals on the fowers on the the front and back of the quilt.

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The binding took a little longer than anticipated due to our new arrival, but she makes an adorable quilt model!

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Linking up to Finish it up Friday

Beary Stars


IMG_1917One more baby quilt top done!  I feel like I am finally getting some things accomplished in the sewing room these days, which is good as the deadlines (and due dates) are quickly approaching.

I am making this quilt for a cooworker of my Mother’s.  The soon to be Mom grew up with the Berenstain Bears, so what better fabric to pick then Moda’s Welcome To Bear Country!  I happened to have a couple charm packs around still and found this great pattern on the Moda Bake Shop.  It came together quickly in a single afternoon!

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I now have the quilt basted and am going to have start quilting it as soon as I can figure out what I am going to do.  I am thinking of trying out some stippling with loops or possibly some swirls.

Quilting Spirals


I haven’t been getting much sewing done lately as the weather has finally gotten nice out!  I have been getting the garden in and doing some spring cleaning around the house instead of working in the sewing room.  However I have been working on getting some projects finished, and they are slowly coming together.  This week I have been working on getting the quilting on a small quilt I started last month.  Quilting

Now I just have to figure out how I am going to finish.  I have two options I am thinking of, so hopefully I can decide between them (or I might just have to flip a coin) so I can get this project moved to the finished pile!

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Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!  I love checking out all the projects people have going on – it keeps me motivated and inspired!

Baby Breezy


Baby Breezy

I have been working on another baby quilt and thankfully have this one finished before the deadline!  It is nice to not feel as pressured and coming down the wire to finish this one as the I did with the Celebrate Dr. Seuss quilt last week.  It was great to make such and easy simple quilt.  I love the pattern and had wanted to make it for a while – it was well written and easy to follow, which was great as I am still recovering from exam marking!

Breezy ElephantFor this quilt I collected grey and yellow fabrics over the last 6 months or so then pulled out 6 that I thought went well together to make this quilt.  The baby’s room is done in grey and yellow with an elephant theme, so I tried to pull that into the quilt with the fabrics – including fussy cutting out these cute little elephants for the middle of the squares.

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The backing is a super soft cuddle fabric with grey and yellow chevron – it worked perfectly with the front!  The quilting was done using my walking foot and alternating between straight lines 1/4 inch off the seems and a chevron running through the coloured strips to add a little more interest.

The little one who will be receiving this quilt is due June 6th, so I have a little time to breath with this one!  Now to start on the next quilt for the baby due in August – first step is to find a design.

Quilt stats:

Pattern: Breezy from Growing up Modern (also sold individually by Cluck Cluck Sew)

Fabrics: Mix from various places and lines

Backing: Chevron Cuddle fabric

Binding: Kona Medium Grey

Link ups:

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday – always a great place for some inspiration!

My Quilt Infatuation

Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts