Friday, 24 January 2014

fools rush in



I had some fun with applique and made these two Kawaii fox cushions - with a pocket for treasures or the tooth fairy. I sketched out a little fox design and split it down into the necessary applique pieces, then got to stitching...


This one I just went fmq mad, I did some outline stitching and then completely embroidered the eyes and nose by stitching round and round and all messy, it was very enjoyable!



The next one I used zig zag applique for a softer, totally different look. I hand embroidered the eyes, mouth and some decorative grass and clouds. I added a sweet button nose.


I made them towards the end of last year and submitted them to a magazine competition but I didn't win. I did feel foolish for a little while (no acknowledgement, no feedback) but actually I am really pleased with them and had fun using different techniques. I'm hoping that a lovely buyer on my Etsy shop will agree they are pretty special and give them a happy home.


Then last week I had a true reason to feel foolish when I rushed in to make a start on a needle turn applique block for the butterfly quilt. I felt quite confident and it wasn't going too badly, until I had this and I couldn't get past thinking I was doing something wrong...


Yes because the flowers are supposed to be in the corners - I'm doing a variation of the one below. I had traced it all wrong and have now started over, at least I had a little practice before starting the 'real' block!

Indiana Rose Quilt Block by Carrie Hall


Finally after showing you my Polar Bear Block the other day I kept getting that nagging 'you haven't pre-washed your red fabrics' feeling and because a few of you commented about it I threw my pile of red fabrics for the QAL in the wash. After all this is red and WHITE. I don't normally pre-wash at all but the last thing I want is to ruin a quilt when it's done and that little bit of preparation really didn't take much time. Thanks to Linda for our little email conversation and I will be soaking this block just to be sure too. I'm going to make this one as foolproof as I can!



Linking up:

at Quilty Habit this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

24 comments:

  1. Those foxes are really cute. Great idea with the pocket addition.

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  2. I adore those cushions and can't believe that they didn't win the competition, never mind not get an acknowledgement - how rude! (And short-sighted of the judges!) I'm sure they'll be snapped up from Etsy! I can't wait to see your appliqué block and think that pre-washing your red and white fabric is wise but then I'm a pre-washer so I'm bound to think that!! Have a lovely weekend xx

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  3. The fox pillows are adorable and what a fantastic idea with the added pocket!

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  4. Cute, cute fox pillows! Now I'm singing, "What does the fox say?" LOL

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  5. The foxes are cute, no doubt they will be snapped up soon. How rude to get no reply for the magazine, even a thanks but no thanks would at least be polite.

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  6. Prewashing? I forgot! Have you ever had a problem with colours running? I'm not sure what to do now. Did your first block wash OK? If it did I might leave mine as I find cutting so much easier on the unwashed fabric.
    Love the foxes.

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  7. Those fox cushions are so cute Lucy

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  8. love the foxes and that magazine is the fool not you!

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  9. The foxes are adorable!! How are you liking the needle turn?

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  10. The cushion is so cute. You was robbed. :)

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  11. I love the pillows! Really cute. :-)

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  12. The foxes are so CUTE! I love your crazy FMQ on that one, I've never tried that type of 'doodle' quilting but it's just great!

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  13. I had to giggle when I read about your oops, it is a bummer though!

    That is the cutest Fox block for your pillows!

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  14. I love those fox cushions! I think they are adorable! What a shame you didn't get any feedback on them - I think they are brilliant!

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  15. Two adorable cushions, Lucy!!! I especially like the first one with the outline stitching. It is rather satisfying, isn't it. Great idea to add the little pockets.

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  16. Aww, I love those foxes! I'm not laughing at the flowers, honest, I'm not. I am the fool that doesn't wash reds or whites or anything else, but nothing, as yet, has run...

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  17. You foxy chick, you. They're such a cute design! Keep trying with your applique. We've all been there :)

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  18. this is the one I was trying to comment on. :) You need to sell this pattern. It's awesome.

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  19. Stop.it. Those foxes are so adorable I actually "aww"ed out loud looking at the computer. Luckily I'm home alone and so my craziness is contained. ;)

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