January doGood Stitches Quilt

This is my first doGood Stitches post for the year! WOW!

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Have you seen the Forest Quilt Along Quilt hosted by Shape Moth? It’s precious! But A LOT of work! Each block is either an animal or forest plant. For our group, we each got to choose one block. And then Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts pieced them. I choose the fox! I’ve been wanting to make the fox for a long time. So I jumped on it!

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I do love how she put all the pieces together. And the triangle piece going through, but tying it all together at the same time.

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My block was pretty straight forward. I picked the Maple Fox by Sewing Under the Rainbow. But some of our bee mates blocks were not so straightforward. Some of the blocks the instructions were very confusing on how to actually put the paper pieced sections together. The fox is pretty easy in that sense. From what I hear, all the blocks are time consuming. But don’t they look great!? It’s a great BOM project for sure.

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You can see the fun quilting and someone added eyes to the little fox! Smart thinking!

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make the fox, Kat!

 

 

A Foxy Sewing Machine Cover!

I had a request for a custom sewing machine cover from my friend Jenny at The Southern Institute. And of course, I said yes. I asked if she had any preferences and she mentioned foxes and birds.

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And that’s what she got!

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I love love love this little fox! I had seen this fox bag on Flickr and favorite-ed it right away. It ends up that the fox is from the paper-pieced pattern Lil’ Fox by Artisania. And I bought the pattern! The pattern is for a 8×10 image, which made the fox too big for my project. I ended up printing it at half scale and piecing from that. It’s actually my first paper piecing project, I think. Yeah, it is. So of course I couldn’t make it easy and do it nice and big like the instructions. Instead I decided to work with little tiny pieces of fabric!

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I also changed the eyes a bit. It’s kinda my thing. On almost all of my earlier work (this project isn’t old, but it shows some old ones nad it’s the same designs as my old ones!), I used to show the sweet closed eyes, so I kept with it here.

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I stopped, stepped back and looked before I made it into the machine cover. I honestly love it as a mini quilt as well!

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But a mini quilt wasn’t where I was going, was it???? Nope! My original design idea had the fox next to a forest with a big tealish blue sky, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to make the forest… The I came across this Birch Forest fabric by Micheal Miller and it all came together! I was at the shop, getting things straight, and saw a piece in the fat quarter pile and it hit me! Perfect!

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And I’m totally in love with this Oh, Deer fabric from Moda. I like for the inside fabric to relate on some level to the outside and I thought this forest theme went quite nicely! I really really want to make something for myself out of this fabric, but not sure what… Any ideas?

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This was the first time I have used different sides! Typically I have left the sides a solid color, but this time I wanted to carry the forest over to the side, but knew it wouldn’t work on both sides. So we ended up with different sides this time!

It took me way to long to actually get this to Jenny, but I finally did and I think she likes it!!

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