In preparation for the new teaching position at my LQS, my finish for this week is a redo of my Fox & Friends triangle quilt. As this is my all time best selling pattern, I am hoping there will be a lot of interest generated in this being offered as a class project.
This version of Fox & Friends is a little different from the original, which you can see here. Mainly because of the backing and the quilting. But I also used different blue fat quarters for the background. I certainly do love working with those Kona cotton solids!
This was my first time quilting with a minky backing. Wanting to keep it simple, I opted for organic wavy line quilting from edge to edge. Not wishing to quilt across the appliqued eyes, a few of those waves were quite exaggerated. But seem to add to the authenticity of raccoons being known as bandits!
This quilt finished at approximately 39" x 45". And is finish "Lucky 13" in my countdown of my 100 labels ordered from MyOwnQuiltLabels.
Don't you just love those brightly coloured, big eyed owls? When I seen this cute minky print at my LQS, I could not resist. I just knew it would be perfect for a redo of the Fox & Friends pattern. And adds a wonderfully cozy weight to the quilt.
How was my first experience quilting with minky?
Basting: I did not use my quilt frame to baste this quilt, as minky is very stretchy. This time I basted on my kitchen table. And I used a TON of pins. Basted with a pin in every triangle.
Quilting: Using a smaller needle is better for preventing the minky from following the needle back up to the front of your quilt and poking through the holes. Using the walking foot, I kept the quilting simple and used a stitch length of 3.0
Check the Back: Had to rip out four lines of quilting on the bottom row after putting in a fresh bobbin. The backing was no longer pinned and I failed to ensure the backing was smoothed out again. My fault... not the minky's!
If you would like to make a Fox & Friends quilt of your own, the pattern is for sale in my shop. I am having a "Back to School" sale during the month of September. Take advantage of a 25% discount by using the coupon code SCHOOL14 at checkout. This code is valid with any purchase - pdf patterns and quilts for sale are both included!
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