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Apr 25, 2011

Bunny Meadow Quilt

Apr 25, 2011
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My mom came down to visit a couple weeks ago, and when she comes, we have started making a little sewing project while she's here for a few days.  

This time, my mom wanted to make mug rugs.  So that's what this mini quilt started out as.  Everything just fell into place - and it definitely couldn't be contained in just a mug rug.  It wasn't intended to be an "Easter quilt", but I couldn't resist posting it now.

I have done a couple mini quilts (that I haven't had a chance to post yet!) to practice my free motion quilting.  This is the first.  All that practice I did drawing on paper for the long-arm machine totally paid off on my home machine.  I still need to work on curviness, but hey, I'm just happy about making it through the quilting with no cussing or head banging!  

I don't know why it has taken me so long to feel comfortable FMQing on my home machine.  Something in my brain clicked and now I know exactly how to adjust my machine to get it right.  At least I found it, right?

Quilt Stats:
Name: Bunny Meadow
Size: 19" x 19"
Design: Based on Pieced Scrap Border Block at rpq
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me!  Stipple on my home machine

And here's what my mom made!

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Sew Delightful Fabrics is having a sale, taking 30% off your entire order.  That's in addition to Kristen's already low prices.  Where else can you find a layer cake for $17.50?
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Apr 11, 2011

Long and Lean Quilt Finish

Apr 11, 2011
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Back in January, I joined up for Elizabeth's Sliced Coins Quilt Along.  I promised myself I couldn't start another QA (Supernova) until the first one was completely finished and blogged.

So here I finally am (in April!) to show you the finished quilt that was once 2 pairs of Gap Long and Lean Jeans!

I had been forewarned about using jeans, definitely not everyone thinks they belong in a quilt.  Denim is much heavier than most quilting cottons and if you get too many points intersecting, it could spell out real trouble if you have jeans in the mix.

That being said, Elizabeth's pattern for sliced coins is the PERFECT use for old jeans.  Slicing up the coins meant that no two pieces of denim would ever be sewn together.  I would like to claim that I knew this little tidbit would work out in my favor ahead of time, but honestly, it was just dumb luck.

The entire quilt was made from my stash.  Boy doesn't that make me feel good!  I am really happy with the way it came out and plan to use it as a picnic blanket for my family.
Quilt Back - Ikea fabric and other assorted stash fabrics

I quilted this on the Avante at my LQS.. What fun!  I love it.  While there, Rhonda enlightened me.  Did you know there are 2 different "light" colors of cotton batting?  One is bleached - which looks like a stark Clorox bleach type of white.  The other is unbleached which is the "natural" off white batting color most commonly found.  For quilts where you use a true white, like the Kona White I used for this quilt, adding the bleached batting will really make the white vivid and bright.  I, of course, had unbleached batting.  But that's okay because now I know for next time.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Long and Lean
Size: Twin
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Loopy meandering by Me (on the mid-arm machine)

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Apr 4, 2011

Pattern Release: Elephant Parade

Apr 4, 2011
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Here it is!  My second pattern.  
A long time in the making to get the graphics concept and pattern covers coordinated together.  Do you remember this quilt?  I made it for our Japanese friends' new baby and it was featured on QuiltStory.

$7.00 USD

Who doesn’t like a trip to the zoo?  Laurie Wisbrun's Urban Circus is a natural selection for the elephants in this quilt.  It would look great with many other fabrics too!  This baby quilt is a horizontal strip design.  In the center of the quilt is an adorable elephant appliqué.  The finished quilt before quilting measures 39 ½” x 46 ½”. It makes a great children’s lap quilt or baby quilt.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, some experience with fusible appliqué

This pattern consists of 6-pages of instructions plus step-by-step photos AND an applique template sheet.  The pattern comes as two instantly downloadable PDF files once your payment is complete.  The pattern can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. It will also be available in my Pattern Shop.

Fabric Requirements:

¾ yard polka dot print
1 yard cream solid
¼ yard orange solid
½ yard each of elephant print, turquoise and white solids
1 1/2 yards backing fabric
3/8 yard binding

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the pattern...
Hope you like Elephant Parade!

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