This week I am sharing a quilt that I finished up a while ago but I completely forgot to share…. though the photos are not brilliant as they were taken quickly before I gifted the quilt.
This quilt is one of the rare quilts I have made for and given to a friend… a friend who has an affinity with foxes needless to say….
I actually started making this quilt a few years ago, well before I taught classes on making Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. I learnt so much teaching and I wish I had known how to make her patterns before I started this….
Some of things I learnt the hard way is to make sure you are cutting accurately (there is no wiggle room in her patterns)…sew with a scant quarter inch to give yourself some leeway …. and make sure you trim the subsections to the correct size before you sew the block together.
As this quilt was a gift I sent it out to be quilted and loved the wood grain that was used to finish it up. I also learnt with this quilt it is worth taking the time to take decent photos… and I now try very hard to get good photos before I send the quilt out into the world. Mr Wombat did not even get a chance to stick out his pinkies…we were in that much of a hurry.
But my friend shared a great photo on Instagram which shows the quilt in the wild…
Pattern: Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Various orange/red scraps.
Kona White and Windsor for faces and Cross Hatch in blue grey.
Size: 60 x 72 inches
This week I have been having a blast making a wedding quilt for a darling friend… but this quilt is not you usual pretty, demur wedding quilt… it is fun and foxy all the way…
This week I have been using Elizabeth Hartman’s fabulous Fancy Fox pattern to make foxes…lots and lots of foxes…
I have been surprised how quickly and easily these blocks come together. After selecting my fabric and precutting everything it has been a fun process of chain piecing and cutting and chain piecing some more.
There has been a fabulous sense of achievement as I have finished up a fox and put it up on my design wall. The hardest part (and most fun part!) was selecting the fabric. I knew that I wanted the traditional fox colour of red…
and then I threw in a little orange…
and to add tonal variety I added some apricot and pink foxes…
The foxes I love the most are the ones with striking patterns… it was such a fun process to audition fabrics, thinking about what sort of foxes they would make.
I have only a few more foxes to go before I have them all done. For the background fabric I went with Hatch fabric from Time Treasures in Coal…and I love how it makes the foxes pop.
I have a few weeks to get this quilt finished so I am heading back to the sewing machine to finish up the last of the blocks. I really seem to like working up against a deadline… but as a friend kindly reminded me the other day wedding quilts can be given after the wedding. So how late do you think is too late for a wedding quilt?