Happy Tuesday everyone!
I'm super excited to be able to show you some of my new friends!
This is my Woodland Friends quilt, made with Aneela Hoey's 'Foxgloves' & 'Vignette' collections on an Essex linen background.
It all started with a commission from Popular Patchwork to make an Autumnal/Woodland quilt.
I found a picture of a fox and started drawing over it! And so 'Vi' Vixen was born!
But Vi needed a friend to play with, so 'Rusty Red' came out to play!
Now Rusty is a cheeky chappie, and he and Vi get up to all sorts of mischief. Especially when sleepy 'Flora' Fawn is trying to nap ....
.... and 'Boris' is busy sniffing and rustling out tasty treats on the forest floor!
'Olive', the great and wise overseer of the Woodland is tut tutting at Vi and Rusty!
She sends in 'Harriet' Hare, the only sensible fur in the whole forest, to keep harmony between the rascals, the nappers and the rustlers!
Order once again is restored and all the friends can enjoy the treats of the forest!
I so enjoyed designing and making this quilt. The characters evolved organically, and they have become like little characters to me!
I chose satin stitch applique for this quilt, using 'stitch n tear' behind the bondawebbed shapes.
Next came the tricky decision on how to quilt it! I couldn't bring myself to sew through my cute new friends (I tried, honestly!). So in the end I went for 'interrupted' vertical lines.
And to top it all off, Popular Patchwork put my Woodland Friends on the front cover of the October issue! Weehee!
I hope you have enjoyed meeting my new pals.
And what would you think to me running this as an applique Quilt-Along next year?
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