It seems that I’ve disappeared from the blogging world again. We are hoping to move to the mountains in a matter of weeks, so we have been busy making more repairs around the house, decluttering, and packing. More about that another time.
I wanted to show you a quilt I designed for my youngest grandson. He was born last August. I found this fabric at my LQS and fell in love with it and knew I wanted to use it for his quilt.
The fox and tree are raw-edge appliqued. And other than the background and the fox fabric I just had to have on the back, everything else is scraps. I quilted bamboo onto the background, and filled in the fox, tree, and leaves with free motion quilting.
Last but certainly not least, it’s somewhat hard to see, but in the tree trunk I embroidered my grandson’s initials. I really love that part!
I decided to enter this quilt into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Head on over there and vote for all the wonderful quilts. There are lots of fun quilty prizes up for grab, so we are all super excited about it.
This past year our quilt guild did what has become known as the Denyse Schmidt paper bag challenge. For this challenge, you draw a solid and a print fabric from a bag (no peeking) and the challenge is to make something using those two fabrics. You can add any other solids in the same color line as the solid you drew, and a neutral (white, cream, grey, black). But no other colors and no other prints. These are the two fabrics that I picked.
Our reveal was last fall sometime, but I finished mine just this week. Hey, better late than never! I had also been working on designing a pattern, so I decided to use it for this challenge. I think it turned out really good, but I think the butterflies would have looked much more dramatic on a plain white background. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but all the butterflies are a form of purple. It finishes at 45″ x 45″.
This is also the first quilt I quilted on my home machine since I used the long arm that I talked about here. And, honestly, I hated every minute of it. Just once on the long arm, and I am so spoiled now!
I also finished my name tag for wearing to guild meetings. My son drew it for me, and I digitized and embroidered it. It was my honeyman’s idea to put the bamboo frame around it. So I sent him and his friend on a scavenger hunt to the country club neighborhood down the road to find me a few branches. I thought I had seen some when I was out walking one day. It wasn’t the easiest thing to make, but it certainly gives it some personality. I guess you could say that making this name tag was a family affair.