Saturday, June 16, 2012

Outfoxed.... Again!

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We finally have some decent weather here in Northwest Florida  - the first truly sunny day we've had in a couple of weeks, and I couldn't wait for the "sweet light" to take pictures, so please forgive the too bright photos.

Last Saturday dawned dark and stormy, but unperturbed, I decided it was a great day to sew and sat down to finish some things I had already started.  WH and I didn't leave the house all day.  Good thing, too from the sound of it.  While we were snug and cozy in our "castle" on the hill, others in our area were experiencing the devastating effects of too much rain.  Please keep those folks who suffered damage from the flooding in your prayers. 

I work about two blocks from where this video was shot.  I'm told that in some places the water was as much as 4 feet high.  Luckily, since it was Saturday, I wasn't there.  And since we live on a hill, we suffered no damage. 

Anyway, it was a great day for staying home, warm and dry, and finishing up a project or two.

My Outfoxed quilt was all sandwiched, just itching to be quilted.  I started with a charm pack of Outfoxed from Westwood Acres and a charm pack of Kona solids.  It's amazing what you can do with these little bits of fabric, isn't it?

I chose to quilt it in a swirl-ish (yes, I made up that word!) pattern.  I love it when the quilting gives the quilt lots of texture.

The back was a piece of orange yardage that was "donated" by BD#1, who decided she didn't have a use for it.  In other words - it was free!  And perfect for this quilt.

I bought a couple of pieces of Outfoxed yardage (the brown foxes and some pearl bracelets) and pieced one side of the back because the yardage wasn't wide enough.  With the scallops, the "fun fabrics" didn't end up as wide as I would have liked.  If I were to do this again, I would slice the large piece of orange, probably off-center, and insert the pieced strip.

Normally, I use binding cut straight with the grain, but because of the curves, bias binding was a better choice.  I usually hate cutting bias binding, both because of the waste and because it is a pain in the neck.  But I used this tutorial, and it was remarkably easy, and I had much less waste than any other method I've tried.  And it was fast - Heather says you can cut enough bias binding for a queen bed in 10 minutes, and with this method, you absolutely can.  I was impressed.

The pattern is "Sweet Pea", from Camille Roskelly's Simplify so I'm another step closer to my goal.  It was truly an easy pattern, and I really enjoyed it.  I finished all the blocks for the top in about an hour one night after work.

I have to say, the fabric is cute, and I love the bow,

 but I think the scallops really make this quilt.

I think I'll put scallops on everything from now on.... maybe.

1 comment:

  1. very cute! Love the scallops, you're right, they make the quilt! That & your cute swirly quilting! Great job


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