Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fox & Friends {redo} Friday Finish

Welcome to TGIFF!  I am so happy to be your hostess this week.  And look forward to seeing all your fabulous finishes!

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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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Let's Bee Social #38

Since I started the series for the Top 10 Tips for New Quilters last month, it seems I am spending more and more time writing new posts and less and less time sewing.  I am really pleased with the results though.  This morning I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful feedback and for sharing little tidbits of friendly advice in the comments.  Thanks to your help, this will be a great source of information for both new and experienced quilters alike!

In spite of all that writing though, I have managed to get a few things actually completed....

Some sneak peeks to share with you today!

Fox & Friends {redo}

Pretty in Plaid
 Lots of organic wavy line quilting going on here!


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Monday, 15 September 2014

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