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Mr. J's Baby Quilt - Wildlife Quilt: Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

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This wildlife quilt was made for some friends who had their son about three years ago. I used Elizabeth Hartman’s “Fancy Fox” pattern as the basis for this quilt to make the fox and raccoon faces, and I altered the pattern slightly to make the bear face. The deer pattern I drafted myself. When I had all of the animal face blocks finished, I had to Macgyver the rest of the quilt pattern with flying geese so that I could nicely piece the entire top. Good thing Handsomepants is an accountant so he could do all of that math for me!

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The back of the quilt is supposed to look like a bear rug. I thought it would be a cute way for Mr. J to channel his inner Sean Connery during tummy time. The bears ears and tail are movable so he had something to play with too. The bear himself is made with a faux fur, and it was a pain to applique onto the back. I don’t think I knew what WonderUnder was at the time, but I’m positive that would have made my life a lot easier at the time!

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I quilted around the bear, to prevent the fur from being forced flat, but the rest of the quilt was quilted with a simple wood grain inspired pattern. I do remember this quilt being a bit difficult to quilt because of my thread constantly breaking, but I don’t remember why I kept having so many issues.

But I’ll get to make up for those issues by creating a nice easy quilt for Mr. J’s baby brother who’s due in November. He actually shares a due date with Pickle! I’ve been blessed to share pregnancies with three friends now, and I’ve been blessed to give those babies each a quilt!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita