Hi everyone! Wow, it's bracing out there, isn't it? It's a beautiful day here--lots of sunshine, temps aren't too bad-- but the wind will knock you over! I tried to get pictures of today's work, but they were blowing so much that I was afraid I'd end up chasing the blocks all over. So, indoor pictures, but at least there was a lot of sunshine.
So, anybody out there have any grandchildren? Our son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby--and our first grandson--in a few weeks. You know what that means--a special baby quilt just for the new little one! I am making him a quilt from Lorna's Forest Friends pattern. It's going to be a great quilt for a little boy whose parents love the outdoors. Here's my first block:
A red fox! How cute is this little guy?
Lorna has written such a great pattern. The directions are very clear and there are a lot of illustrations. The pattern has a lot of pieces, but it's very easy--all straight stitching!
I'm not sure how Lorna will feel about this, but I adapted the other fox block into a different kind of animal:
It's a North American Badger! Hey, this little boy is a Wisconsinite, so he NEEDS a badger! Badgers have those characteristic black and white stripes on their faces, which makes them very striking. I know this one has no eyes yet, but badgers have black eyes in the black stripes, so I figured that I will stitch in some eyes with dark gray thread when I quilt it up. (Yes, I'm quilting it myself--it's for my grandson!)
This was way more difficult to adapt than you would think. I cut the pieces out of paper and tried to find a way to make Lorna's pieces work, but I ended up drawing lines and then paper piecing the sections. You can see that even that wasn't perfect, because the ears are weird, but I think it came out acceptable enough. And I have much more respect for pattern developers now, and I thought they were great before.
Anyway, I'll be working on this for a little while, but he's coming in February, so a very little while. I finally got the fabric ordered for the wedding quilt, too, so I'll be plenty busy.
Hope your fabric doesn't blow away! I hear we're having a winter storm this week, so maybe I'll get extra sewing time. We'll see!
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