14 July 2017

Fox among the Birches {in grey}

Are there any of you who also have this problem???

I already made this quilt!!! But I just HAD TO make it again! 

You can see the original Fox among the Birches quilt post here.

I never used to have this problem. You see, I don't have the talent of being able to look at a stack of fabric and envision how it will look once cut up and pieced into a quilt. To help me with that problem I purchased the Electric Quilt (EQ7) program back in November of 2013. Last year I wrote about how much I have been enjoying using the EQ7 program and listed some of the things I like about it here in this post.

My problem now is that whenever I use the EQ7 program to draw up a new pattern design, and fill it in with different fabrics and colours, I alway end up making more than one colourway that I wind up wanting to make! Another reason I wanted to remake this quilt is that I had come up with a new way to piece the legs for the walking fox and shared about that at the Let's Bee Social in this post.

So now today I am sharing the Fox among the Birches using Kona Steel for the background instead of the Kona Mushroom.

I used a dark grey thread on top and plain white Gutermann thread in the bobbin. And I love how well it has blended in with the background and yet remained rather subtle across the orange foxes.

The background is Kona Steel. The birch trees are made from Minimalista by AGF Studio and a dark and light black smokey looking fabrics. The foxes are Kona Kumquat and Papaya.

The backing is a new stash addition (my first one this year!) from Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory and is called Out Foxed by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Normally, I first attach the binding to the back and press toward the front before topstitching to finish. But this time I sewed it onto the front and then pressed to the back. Then I stitched in the ditch along the edge of the binding, catching the folded edge on the back with the bobbin thread. It's a bit trickier. But I like the thinner binding edge to be at the front sometimes. And then you aren't cutting off the points of your piecing either.

The "Fox among the Birches" baby quilt finished at 38" x 45"
and was the 39th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Am I the only one?

Or do you ever have the compulsion to make more than one version of the same quilt?

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  1. Oh, I can understand why you had to make two of them! They are sooooo cute!!! The colors are fitting perfectly together in both quilts.
    Greetings from Germany,

  2. Perfect backing for your foxy quilt! Both backgrounds look great.

  3. Absolutely adorable! I just don't know how you accomplish sew much. I feel as though I sew all the time and in a million years, I couldn't make as many beautiful quilts as you produce AND spend so much computer time on EQ! You are amazing! You must be a whirling dervish in that sewing room!

  4. Love the backing! Cute, cute foxes and quilts. I can see why you had to make more!

  5. I love this quilt with the grey background! Both quilts look great!!

  6. cute! I occasionally make a quilt pattern more than once always in a different color way

  7. I don't often make a second quilt with the same pattern because there are so many other quilts in my head that I want to make.

    I do love the blue background with the orange foxes!

  8. Totally adorable!
    I can honestly say that I've rarely wanted to make the same pattern twice because I'm drowning in UFOs!!
    I have made easy quick baby quilts two at a time in the past.

  9. oh yes, I am making number 3 of the "oh Canada" bear there such a thing as having too much fun?

  10. Oh my goodness, that backing fabric is AWESOME and so perfect for your quilt! Beautiful work as always, Lorna. It's fun to see in another colorway in real life. :)

  11. I really love this colorway and the backing is fantastic! What a gorgeous quilt! No, I don't have that problem but I don't have EQ7 either. It's on my wish list along with AccuquiltGO.

  12. Another home run!!! This is adorable and the backing is perfect.

  13. As we say here in Maine--this is so cunnin'

  14. I never have made the same quilt twice, but seeing this I can see why you absolutely had to!

  15. Perfect backing fabric! They are so cute!

  16. They are both super cute! I have several quilts that I would like to do in different colors--if only I would stop starting new things.


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