Friday, August 12, 2016

Friends in the forest

I don't know if you all have noticed, but it is almost mid-August.  How did this happen?!  I am looking forward to the end of summer, but I didn't know it was coming so soon!  Yikes!

This weekend, the hubs and I are off on our last trip of the summer, a visit to our son, daughter-in-law, and sweet grandson.  I cannot wait to hug that baby, but that reminds me that I never did show off the quilt I finished for him:



This is Forest Friends, another pattern by Lorna McMahon.  Since our son and daughter-in-law love the outdoors, especially camping, this is a perfect quilt to get their little boy started learning some animals.

The badger does have eyes, they just blend in!

This pattern is not paper-pieced, but it did use some very small pieces.  It was not difficult, just a little putzy.  And the results are absolutely great.  I quilted this up myself using just some basic wavy lines in an antique gold thread from Connecting Threads.  It has a very cute blue flannel on the back:


I'm not sure how well those wavy lines work.  When other people do them they turn out great, but my own I'm not too sure of.  Also, the flannel was very bulky--but totally worth it because it's so cozy!--and that made it hard to make the lines close together.  Not sure about using flannel on the back again.  I do really like the dark green binding, which makes a nice frame.

You can buy this pattern in Lorna's pattern store , and the pattern includes a couple of sizes and some alternate blocks (including a Canadian beaver!), plus some ideas for using the blocks in different ways.  I already plan to make myself one of the love birds blocks for a small wall hanging.  (For the new house!)



Everyone have a wonderful weekend.  Here's hoping you don't melt!  I recommend popsicles, AC, and maybe ice cream.



Sharing at  Finish it up Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

19 comments:

Tu-Na Quilts said...

This quilt is adorable! You did well and I'm sure he will love it!

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

That is such a cute quilt! Nice job! Our guild uses a lot of flannel on the backs of our charity quilts and it's sometimes a problem. I have fewer problems when I am able to put it on my longarm - it tends to keep it taut. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

JanineMarie said...

Aw, this will be such a fun quilt for your grandson for a long time. I love how thos little lovebirds look like they're deep in conservation about all those critters behind them. Flannel is tricky, but so worth it. And I bet Lorna is thrilled that you went with the wavy line quilting. Stay cool, Mari, and have a fun time with your grandbaby (and his parents).

Patti said...

I have seen many versions of this quilt and just wanted to say how much I LOVE your background color. I would never have thought of using it. It is great.
Yes ice cream by all means.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Lorna's patterns are so cute and your finish is fantastic! Thanks for sharing with TGIFF!

Sew Much For Free Time said...

This is a great quilt. The little guy and his parents are going to love it! Have a great trip and soak up happy memories with your family! Summer will be gone in a blink!

Wendy Tuma said...

Lorna's quilts are so cute, and you did a fabulous job on this one!

Sara said...

That quilt is adorable and I'm sure the little guy will love it as he gets big enough to know his animals. What fun - he can play "I spy" with the quilt.

Little Black Cat Quilting said...

This quilt is absolutely adorable, I love it! Perfect for a future outdoorsman, that's for sure. :) The flannel print is super cute too, definitely looks cozy!

Bernie Kringel said...

Perfect quilt for a little boy. The flannel backing is adorable. I have only backed with flannel once and yes, it was a little tricky. It also made the quilt feel too heavy to me. But the owner loves it and says it is cozy. That's what counts! Have a great visit with your kids this week!

Jenny said...

Love it - Lorna's patterns are so wonderful, and you have done a great job. Your little grandie will love it!

Gina said...

Great quilt and I love the flannel on the back xx

Jo said...

I'm sure your grandson will get much use out of this quilt and will love it. Yes it's August... I am so looking forward to some better weather...
Keep sewing and you will be happy

The Cozy Quilter said...

Great baby quilt!!! The animals will be a big hit!

Lorna McMahon said...

I love your background choice, Mari. It is such a compliment to the colours in the animals. And that backing fabric was a perfect choice! So cozy and cute, cute, cute!

Jennifer said...

What a fun quilt to make. Know it will be well-loved.

legato1958 said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully! I love that it has a flannel back, for that extra softness. A perfect quilt for a future camper!
Susie

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh what a perfect quilt - he's going to love exploring the quilt and then taking it exploring when he's a bit bigger!

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh I love it! Great job!