Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hares in a Field!

A while ago I bought the Moda All-stars All in a Row book.  It is filled with great patterns.  You can make a quilt of the rows or you can use the rows as stand alone wall hangings.  Being Spring, I decided to make the hares chasing butterflies row.  I used a lovely aqua Grunge for the background.

The pattern requires one to construct a hare using brads so that he becomes posable.  This enables you to trace different hares onto your fusible web.  Quiet a genius idea!

I used fabric with butterflies on it and cut out the butterflies to appliqué to the background fabric.

I embroidered a chain stitch collar in pastel colors onto the hares.  Eyes are french knots.

I free motion quilted in a green color thread for the grass and an aqua color thread for the sky.   I quilted loops in the "sky" area to depict the flight of the butterflies.  I had so much fun quilting this one.

This was such a fun little quilt to make.  I will definitely be making more of the rows.  So many designers and so many lovely rows.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What am I Up To?

I had the dreaded flu last week and it knocked the socks off me.  I am only now feeling back to normal.  I have been stitching though and am getting work done on a few projects.   I have been making blocks from a Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Magazine pattern called Prairie Flower.  Love these cheerful big blocks.  They measure 14".  I used Little House on the Prairie fabric line for this quilt and I am really liking it.  Today I laid the blocks out and got busy putting on the sashing strips and making the cornerstone strips.  They are all attached now and I have two rows left to stitch before putting on the borders.  I just love how fresh this quilt looks.  

This quilt looks like a Swiss quilt and is called Postage Plus from the second to last issue of APQ Magazine.  Those pluses pop in the Moda Bella Solid Betty's Red.  I really like making postage squares - 1" .  I think this is going to be a charming quilt when it is done.

I have also finished another two doilies for the wedding.  This is number 7, which is a big one.

Here is number six!  I now have three left to make and the wedding is two months away.  Go me!  I am the kind of person who has to have a rock on my back to get a deadline done.  Not this time.  There will be no crocheting on the flight to the wedding.