Sometimes, I Quilt: Fancy Fox II Baby Quilt

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While I have pieced the quilt top to my TEN YEARS OLD Single Girl Quilt, I still haven’t gotten around to, oh… quilting it. Yet, that didn’t stop me from making a lap size “Fancy Fox II” quilt for our friends, The Foxes. Yes, folks. That’s right. Given an opportunity to work in puns and gimmicks, I will almost always take it.

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Top is the Montrose Top from Cashmerette Patterns

My husband Jordan went to law school with Mr. Fox, so when he and his wife were expecting, I thought a little quilt would be a nice gift. I am usually terrified and loathe to make someone anything. For a baby, I figure there are dozens of things the parents need, and a quilt isn’t going to be at the top of the list. I also get super awkward giving a handmade gift, because I don’t want to make a big deal about it, but you and I both know that handmaking anything takes time and effort.  I am also personally awkward when given a gift, so maybe I’m just projected. Yet, I’m glad I ignored my innermost negative thoughts and made this sweet quilt.

IMG_20200117_123734_069 Since I know nothing about current quilt fabric lines and really, not that much about quilting, I turned to my quilter friend Mary for help. She chose all the fabrics for me. And let me tell you just how good she is. I said the couple met in New York and she picked the Gramcery collection from Arthouse fabrics. Each of the materials reflects a bit of New York from Central Park, a map of Manhattan, brownstone, the Brooklyn Bridge and even street lights. The colors mimic their preferred registry colors too. They live in Florida now near my dad, so we were able to gift it in person this past week while visiting.

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The quilt is four enormous foxes for the lap size quilt. You can also make smaller foxes for crib and toddler size. I chose lap size, because Mary told me crib size was almost useless and I figured at lap size, their new little girl could take this quilt from nursery school to summer camp and maybe even on to college.

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I did all the straight line quilting myself on my Bernina and promise to never do that again. Honestly, it is worth it for me to pay a long arm quilter and get a more intricate quilt design than I am capable or want to do myself.  While I LOVE the end result of quilting, I’m not in love with a lot of the quilt-making process. It was a pleasure to make something for someone and have them like it back. And might motivate me to finish the two quilts I’m in the middle of.

Oh, and if you’re an occasional quilter like me, I found the Singer Sewing Reference Library book, “Quilting By Machine” invaluable.

7 comments

  1. I love it! As you know, I don’t quilt much either. But sometimes you just have to. It turned out so nice. I found out that one of my local quilt shops will rent time on their long arm. So next quilt, that is what I am doing. .

    • Oh, wow. I wonder how hard that is to do? Or if you have to get trained first. As we discussed, not gonna do it again myself 😄.

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  2. You started the Single Girl quilt shortly after I found your blog, and it motivated me to make one myself, even with some of the same fabrics! I’m so happy with how it turned out, and happier still that I simply paid for a long arm quilter to quilt it for me, because there’s no WAY I’d have ever gotten around to quilting it myself. So, thank you for showing me that pattern! And I hope you’ll finish yours someday and be as happy with it. 😊

  3. I hear you so much on the hating quilting. The piecing is…OK. Quilting–even in straight lines–is so. incredibly. tedious. Ugh! But, once in a while, it’s worth it. This is one of those times. I love the pun, the quilt, the colors, and even the awkwardness of giving someone something you’ve made (which I also get, so I’m glad to know I’m not alone). Great job!

    • “The piecing is…OK.” Truer words have never been spoken 😅. I also thought the quilting portion would be fast. It wasn’t! I had to spread it out over a few days. Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Miss Celie's PantsSent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 1:27 PMTo: missceliespants@gmail.comSubject: [Miss Celie’s Pants] Comment: "Sometimes, I Quilt: Fancy Fox II Baby Quilt" 

  4. This is fabulous. Baby quilts are my favourite kind to make, partly because I get bored easily and so don’t have to repeat too many blocks. I loathe doing the actual quilting part too. x

    • Yeah! I thought it would be fine, if not fun. Five minutes in, “I do not care for this at all.” Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Miss Celie's PantsSent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 2:04 PMTo: missceliespants@gmail.comSubject: [Miss Celie’s Pants] Comment: "Sometimes, I Quilt: Fancy Fox II Baby Quilt" 

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