The Fox and the Birds

37875430_10214773723511238_899595597525286912_nThere is a fine Aesop’s fable about the Fox and the Crow, and the perils of flattery, but that is not what this quilt is about. This is about peace and harmony, foxes and birds sleeping under a crescent moon. Truth be told, it’s about using up some charm squares.

My older daughter, the one who just got married, is surrounded by friends and colleagues who are having babies. She, who usually crafts beautiful presents for these babies, is up to her eyes in her studies this year, and hardly has time to have a coffee with friends, let alone make them presents. I, on the other hand, have abundant fabric and significant time, so I volunteered to make her a few simple baby quilts to have on hand.

Meet The Fox and the Birds.

37841038_10214773721471187_6928323766514614272_nMy original plan was to frame the charm squares in white or grey and then line them up, alternating colours. When I got the 2″ strips sewn on the top and bottom, I liked the look of them so much that I tidied them up to 4 1/2″ and sewed them in columns, separated by 1 1/2″yellow strips. I later added yellow strips to the perimeter as well.

The quilting was interesting. I’ve been admiring quilts with concentric circles for a while, my longarm is misbehaving, and this quilt is small, so I took out my walking foot and started circling. My goal was to gradually increase the space between lines as they radiated out from the center fox. I used the edge of the walking foot as a guide, but when I got to walking foot plus 1/2″ I thought I should use the guide that fits into the back of the foot. Unbeknownst to me, it was not a tight fit and I was bumping it as I circled, so my lines of stitching became really far apart and then the arm fell off. Oops! There was no concealing the fact I was no longer sewing circles, so I embraced the change, added another curve, and finished the quilt.37892041_10214773721911198_374561563853455360_n.jpgAnd now I must become a Craftsman of a different kind. See the lawnmower in the background?

Linking up with Sarah at Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?and Myra at Finished or Not Friday

16 thoughts on “The Fox and the Birds

  1. What a lovely mum you are! And I’m sorry about the shock you no doubt got when your walking foot fell off…. but that quilting design is awesome. I foresee the internet full of quilts in this “creative” style in the near future. I, for one, am stashing this idea away! 🙂


  2. Hi Ann! I had to giggle at your walking foot arm falling off. That sounds like something that would happen to me. Great finish on this quilt, and I love, LOVE, l.o.v.e. the spiral quilting. I think it looks cool how the stitching runs off the side. Your daughter and especially the mom and babies will adore the quilt and feel all the love you’ve stitched into it. Now – about that grass and the lawn mower?!! Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. I love the addition of the yellow, and doesn’t it look stunning on that yellow chair. The quilting worked out quite well in the end. i thought it was intentional.


  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story about sharing the love. I love the way your circle quilting “edges off”. Will try that next time. The motifs in the fabric you chose for this quilt are lovely.


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