What a lovely idea: an online quilt festival featuring quilts by bloggers! The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is hosted by Amy Ellis (Amy’s Creative Side). I discovered it this year for the first time and I’m delighted to share Jude’s Foxes as my entry in the Fall 2017 Edition.
I completed Jude’s Foxes earlier this year as a gift to my nephew. He generously loaned it back to me long enough to enter it in the Sonoma County Fair this past summer, where it won a blue first place ribbon in its division.
The blocks are paper-pieced, except for the foxes which are machine appliquéd. I designed the quilt myself in Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7). I took photos of the fabrics I intended to use and placed them in the drawing to use as a guide:
Then I printed paper-piecing templates for each block and templates for the fox appliqué pieces.
The wakeful fox is adapted from an illustration by graphic designer Rachel Reitz (used with permission). The sleeping fox is my own design.
When it was time to remove the paper, I put on a good movie, got my tweezers, and went at it. It only took about a movie and a half 😉
I spent some time practicing different quilting motifs and drawing on a small printout of the quilt top before settling on the motifs to use in the final quilt:
Then I had to pick thread to match the quilt. I used Connecting Threads 50/3 cottons:
And finally, time to start quilting! I used a stationary machine (my Husquvarna Mega Quilter) and my dining room table. We ate in the kitchen for a week 😉
The quilt is divided horizontally by two rows of large circles. I used a different all-over motif in each third of the quilt, and each of the stripes has its own motif as well.
My nephew loved the quilt, which is of course the most important thing. I had a great time designing and making it, and I learned a LOT about paper piecing and free motion quilting.
Enjoy the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and thanks for visiting!