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Ron’s Quilt

One more quilt done! It was completed about a month ago, just in time for R’s birthday (he turned 7, if you can believe it – I certainly can’t… ).

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The biggest mistake I made with this quilt was asking the birthday boy how would he like his quilt to look. this led to several weeks of going back and forth, deciding and un-deciding, drafting ideas and throwing them out the window, and eventually settling down on a pluses quilt design. I was inspired by this quilt (via fabtalk), from the “I love patchwork” book.

I would have gone for something more random, and with more subtle tones, but R likes vibrant colours, and doesn’t like the randomness. We split the difference and ended up with a compromise which I enjoyed making, and he loves to cuddle in.

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I used fabric from my (steadily growing) stash, which these days includes mostly online purchases. I was glad to find a use for the two greenish and mint solids – when I first got them in the mail I considered immediately donating them to the nearest charity… While they looked very bluish on my computer screen, they reminded me too much of green hospital uniforms in person… Of course if I had read the name or description I could have realized they named them sea foam GREEN and mint GREEN for a reason, but I was too busy fabric shopping to bother… lesson learned!

I think the end result looks good, though, and it was an interesting challenge to venture outside my normal colour comfort zone (did any body say grey?…). Since R actually liked these colours, I used up the leftovers for the simple pieced back as well.

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Other fabrics used here were Mendocino Seahorse by Heather Ross, Posie in slate by Denyse Schmidt (from the county fair home dec collection), and a lot of Ikea’s beige cotton for the background and binding.

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Oh and the quilting was much easier this time, since it was all straight lines, no pivoting anywhere…

I’m hoping to make at least one more quilt for our living room this year, keep your fingers crossed for me – will you?

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Charles

– aka Mr Mini Fluffy (or was it Fluffy Mini? I forget…)

I borrowed Fanciful Felties from our trusty library the other day, and left it in the living room, where it was found by Daniel. He cheerfully proceeded to flipping through the entire book, oohing and aahing along, until he decided on his favourite project. His big brother went to a birthday party, leaving us a quite afternoon, perfect for taking on a cute project…

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I don’t have wool felt, but I had some eco-fi feltĀ  from our nearest dollar store that needed to be used, and it worked just fine. Daniel then insisted on going through my pile of scraps to find a suitable skin coloured piece for the face.

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It was a fun way to try my hand at free-motion machine stitching. Nest time though, I might do the stitching before cutting out the fabric – the small cotton piece was a little hard to manoeuvre…

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We added the arms and a suitcase, and Mr. fluffy was then whisked away by his happy recipient….

I really like the style of this book, and hope to make ms. fox one of these days. If you haven’t done so yet, you can check out the Samantha Cotterill’s website and blog right here.

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