Monday, November 16, 2015

Lambs, Pigs, Chickens and Horses! OH MY!

Sorry, it's early and the post title just kind of came out :) I have finished the flimsy and almost finished the quilting on goal number three of my Q4 FAL list! I have to admit, when I made that list I thought I would have the first three knocked out easily by the end of October. . . best laid plans, eh? This quilt was commissioned and will be given to a college age young woman from her dad. She is going into agricultural veterinary something or other and has a special affinity to lambs. . . and pink. :) Do any of you have any idea how hard it is to find animal prints that are not baby like? Oh, we won't talk about the new line that came out within the last couple of weeks that would have been perfect (Homestead by Emily Isabella for Cloud 9). . . had I known about this I would have waited. Alas, I did not know and so I worked with what I had. I think I did OK :) How about you take a look and see!

The pattern I started with is Welded from the FQ Shop. I did a little tweaking :)

The lambs, chickens and pigs are all from the Timeless Treasures line called Babes in Farmland. The horse fabric is Cotton and Steel Mustang. The 'flowy' (technical term right there!) dark pink fabric is from my LQS and I'm sorry but I don't know the name. The pink and gray is Zizzo by Erin McMorris.
The gray setting triangles is Sketch in Graphite. It was right about here in the process that I realized there were some consequences additional design decisions to be made as a result of adding an additional block to each row. . . corners are going to require a little thought. . .
After discussing it with the client, the decision was made to do the corners in a solid triangle. . . and then quilt the snot out of it ;)
TA DA! Finished flimsy :)
All of the animal squares were cut on the bias. . . and fussy cut. . . the bias cut was not something I had really thought about prior to commencing the cutting but it became very clear very early in the cutting process :)

I decided on setting triangles because I wanted the center to float. I think that worked out well. This is not my first on point quilt. It has been awhile though and I had forgotten about the pinning. . . all that pinning!! LOL As you can see from the first picture, I made all of the blocks, had all of the sashing pieces cut and put everything on the wall prior to sewing it together. I was actually able to sew the entire top together with no upside down animals! :) Even though there is a good amount of bias in this baby, it came out square and without ripples too - double bonus! haha

The top is now mostly quilted. I just have some sashing pieces and half of the setting triangles left to quilt. The quilting has been slow going but I'll save that story for the finish post. . . which will be later this week :) It has been a love/hate relationship with this top during the quilting. I am currently in a love place and can't wait to get it finished up and washed so I can show you! Oh, and of course deliver it to the customer ;) Finish post here!!

Linking up with Beth for MCM, Judy for DWM and Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday. Needing a little inspiration? Check out their linky parties! I'm off to finish up the quilting on this one! :D

Until next time, keep on quilting!
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  1. The center does seem to float - that dark background is wonderful. And all that fussy cutting! I'm looking forward to the quilting and reading all about it! Thanks for linking up to MCM. :)

  2. oh the bias thing... yep been there. Squares on point are so dynamic tho. Your trunk show is awesome!!!!LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  3. Hooray for pinning and being able to keep everything "right side up" when you pieced it. That is always tricky and easy to flub up.

  4. I like that the marble print and the geometric make it look mature enough for a college-age girl. Congrats on handling the bias, setting triangles, and all the rest of the challenges of an on-point setting.

  5. Homestead is a fun fabric line for sure, but I like what you did better Judy. The variety in the lambs, the snazzy plaid background and the way that awesome marbled pink goes with the horses is so much more college girl. She is sure to love it!

  6. Fun top Judy. I'm so impressed by your efficiency I hope to get inspired by it :)

  7. It looks really neat. The horses are the first thing I noticed.

  8. Love those mustangs! the co-ordinating fabric works perfectly with the swirly pink - this will be well loved!

  9. Your quilt is striking and beautiful! Love the design!

  10. Oh that dark grey background with the pink is fantastic, it really makes it pop and makes it very much an adult quilt :)


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