Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Progress

I did pretty well on my to-do list today.

 I made this squirrel from a pattern in Sew Sunny Homestyle by Tone Finnanger that I checked out of the library.  The directions assume you have some knowledge of making stuffed critters.  I eventually figured it out.  He matches the back side of the Josephs Coat, which is now nearly 1/3 hand quilted.  Flying Ninja Tree Squirrel is sitting on his personal blanky - the test piece of the....

Wavy Pillow cases.  There are actually 2.  They are stitched with blue to match the back side of the JC quilt as well as the front.  (You can click on the photo to get a better look at either.)

By early afternoon, I was about to pull out the Momsicles Popsicles quilt...but got distracted by a piece of fabric and the nagging need to make a quick baby quilt for one of my coworkers.

I've had a piece of that Jacobean stripe for years, thinking it would make a great baby quilt with some matching flowers appliqued on it.

In the interest of time, I used Wonder Under and a satin stitch.  For the record, this is my least favorite method of applique.  But I have been underwhelmed by the "sparkle" of the Sparkle thread collection and suspected that it was probably nicely shiny when densely stitched.

So I drew a gigantic version of the flower for the center panel of a quilt.  I only messed up a couple pieces, forgetting if I had or had not reversed the pattern as I was winging it as I went along.

I'll add some purple sashing then the strips of the inspiration fabric.  Since this needs to be done by next Thurs, it'll have to be a machine-stitched affair, which on my machine means "walking foot".

As for the rest of the to-do list....I got the blocks in an envelope and addressed, but I never left the house.  I decided to make the squirrel for the intended recipient of the apron, thus saving me $30 of fabric.  It's been a long day already, and we're about to head out to watch the BSU / Nevada football game with friends.  Tomorrow's goal:  Nap.


Julie Fukuda said...

The squirrel is cute ... and with his own blanket as well ... too too! I admire anyone who can do machine applique and make it look that good. Guess you earned that nap!

Ethne said...

Cute squirrel - you've made great progress on your days off - how's the designing going?