Friday Foxes

Remember I asked for some advice as to whether the foxes on the fabric I was using for the baby quilt really had to be upright which meant messing with the layout of the the design?  Well, those pesky foxes have been tamed, turned on their heads, or sides and sometimes even on their feet and have become a quilt for my great niece who is due to make an appearance in June.

These ‘on the washing line’ photos aren’t the best but are to show you the quilt in its entirety.  The sun is so bright again today they look a little bleached out and creased.  Still, here goes.

As you can see, I saw the sense in putting a narrow, plainer border between the centre design and the busy border.

I also used the same fabric for the back around the centre panel I’d already made from the leftovers of the foxy range fabric.  I was quite brave as, although it looks plain white, it does have tiny spots on it.  Brave because I usually try to hide my quilting – be it by hand (rare) or machine – as much as possible and the plainer the fabric the more obvious any mistakes.

I stitched in the ditch and round the borders because I felt it went well with the geometric design and, I cannot tell a lie, because it’s easier.

Here you can just about make out those little spots – even more easily if you double click on it.


I had to put the parasol up in order to get these outdoor sofa photos otherwise there were shadows, bleached bits and all sorts.  This time last year it was almost constantly raining so I’m not complaining.

If you zoom in you can see that those orange and ‘grey’ triangles are not solid colours but orange with white dashes and white with black dashes.

I definitely think the foxes are fine dancing around the quilt and not forced to be upright.  The only thing I’d change would be the colour of the binding as I would have liked to do it in the same orange as the triangles but they are a sort of burnt orange colour and I didn’t have anything in my stash that fit the bill, whereas the white with black flowers was to hand and I am trying to use fabric I already have as much as I possibly can.

I had to miss out the top row in this last photo but it looked lovely draped over the garden gate and the light was just right in this corner of the garden.

I won’t be sending the quilt until the baby is born because I want to put her name and date of birth on the quilt label but, never fear, I have displayed it in the sure and certain knowledge that my niece never has and never will look at my blog.

If you’re at all interested, the pattern I used was a free one I found here.

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  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on March 29, 2019 - 13:49

    What a darling quilt to wrap-up a darling baby.

    • #2 by tialys on March 29, 2019 - 17:34

      I’ll probably have to rely on photos to see it as I’m not often in my niece’s neck of the woods but I expect there’ll be lots of those!

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on March 29, 2019 - 14:18

    I like it now 🙂 I biggified and got to see all the details and appreciate that you have made a wonderful job of it. I think it’s wonderful that you are using up stash fabrics too. It will be a wonderful gift and much loved I’m sure!

    • #4 by tialys on March 29, 2019 - 17:35

      Well, I did buy the mini triangles and spots but they came from a French company who only charge 12 euros for 3 metres so I have plenty left to make something else with (or add to my stash!!).

  3. #5 by magpiesue on March 29, 2019 - 17:08

    If I’d been making this quilt I would have preferred the orange for binding too. I totally get wanting to use what’s already on hand though. Good call on the plain narrow border. The quilting looks fine to me, and I’m sure it will to Mom and Baby. 🙂 Now the trick will be to put it away but not so safely that you can’t find it after the baby has arrived! (That’s the sort of thing I would do.)

    • #6 by tialys on March 29, 2019 - 17:44

      I knew it would be hard to find the exact right colour orange so I thought I’d just get it finished and use what I had which I’m not unhappy with.
      I had the house upside down yesterday looking for some bandana bibs I made ‘just because’ a couple of years ago which I thought I’d send over to the U.K. with Mr. T. to post when he goes on Monday so I know just what you mean. They were actually in the box labelled ‘hand made goods’ I originally thought they were in but I’d put them in a sort of opaque plastic folder first so didn’t spot them. Hopefully the quilt will be harder to lose.

  4. #7 by claire93 on March 29, 2019 - 17:16

    looks lovely! I really like the idea of a thinner plain border before the busy outer border. Give yourself a pat on the back!

    • #8 by tialys on March 29, 2019 - 17:45

      I’ll try to do that when I’m at Pilates tomorrow – it’s easier when I’ve warmed up first 🤣🙋‍♀️

  5. #9 by Evie Jones on March 29, 2019 - 17:51

    That’s just a lovely quilt! Perfect!

    • #10 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:10

      Thanks Evie, I really enjoy making these smaller sized quilts.

  6. #11 by Emmely on March 29, 2019 - 19:49

    Glad you added the extra white border, it really calms down the busy prints. I’m sure this quilt will be well received!

    • #12 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:13

      Yes, it’s quite hard to tell in advance, even when holding fabrics up against each other, exactly how it will work in the finished item but I think the narrower, lighter border was definitely the way to go here.

  7. #13 by CurlsnSkirls on March 29, 2019 - 19:51

    Ooooo, this is lovely and lively – love your final choices! xx

  8. #15 by Wild Daffodil on March 29, 2019 - 19:51

    Fun, fresh and foxy! It’s gorgeous!

    • #16 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:16

      Alliteration appreciated 😃

  9. #17 by Nanette on March 29, 2019 - 21:15

    Perfect!!

    • #18 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:16

      Well, as close as it’s going to get, but thank you.

  10. #19 by craftycreeky on March 29, 2019 - 21:37

    It’s beautiful, the narrow white border works really well 🙂

    • #20 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:17

      I’m definitely glad I put that in.

  11. #21 by katechiconi on March 29, 2019 - 22:04

    Oh, great finish, and sunny photos! And that ‘quiet’ border is (sorry, sorry) spot on! The orange binding would have been perfect but the one you’ve used is very close, so I’d be quite content with using up stash for that. Lovely job, missus, and a treasure for the new family member when she arrives.

    • #22 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:25

      I had some oranges in my stash I could have used but they were totally different shades of orange – much clearer and brighter than that used in the quilt top – so it would have annoyed me and I knew I’d have a job finding the exact same shade.
      How did the auction go at the dinner – was it last night ?

      • #23 by katechiconi on March 30, 2019 - 13:22

        It was this evening, and the quilt raised $1,050, just a *bit* better than OCA’s last effort!

      • #24 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 13:40

        Kate! That’s fantastic! You must have felt amazing watching the bidding and I hope you had a lovely evening all ‘frocked up’ at the same time. Well done us but, mostly of course, well done you for all the hours of work you put into it.

      • #25 by katechiconi on March 30, 2019 - 14:04

        Great result, eh? The bidding got really exciting at the end, but it went to Jacquie, the director of the Trudy Crowley Foundation, as I expected. I got some photos with my phone but I’m not sure if any of them are good enough. There was a professional photographer there, and also a TV camera from a local station, but they didn’t stay for the auction, just for the start of the event.

  12. #26 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 29, 2019 - 23:06

    Fab quilt! Love the little triangle fabric in the outside border. It’s absolutely perfect for the patchwork.
    Hiding quilting sounds great to me.
    Have I told you watching this quilt grow is making me think I might make one for our immanent arrival?

    • #27 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:31

      It would be a breeze after your big quilt and it’s a lot of fun choosing the fabric for babies, plus you don’t have to use so much of it. Good practice for if and when either or both of your Lovelies make you a grandmother. Have I persuaded you?

      • #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 30, 2019 - 22:17

        Ha Ha! That’s a very big if when it comes to my lovelies.
        You make some excellent points in it’s favour, but I think it’s very much going to depend how long it takes to finish my big quilt as I want to get that finished before I start any other sewing projects.

  13. #29 by lovelucie1 on March 30, 2019 - 08:14

    Wow! Lucky lucky great niece ( or her parents). You’ve nailed this! It’s beautiful

    • #30 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 08:45

      Thanks Lucie, I do love a good reason to make a baby quilt. They’re small and you can have a lot of fun with fabrics.

  14. #31 by KerryCan on March 30, 2019 - 11:43

    Yay–it looks great! And I feel so smug, knowing something your niece doesn’t know!

    • #32 by tialys on March 30, 2019 - 13:42

      Let’s hope the colour scheme gets approved. I didn’t ask for suggestions 😉

  15. #33 by dezertsuz on April 1, 2019 - 23:09

    That is as cute as can be. The orange would have been brighter, but I quite like the binding as is, too. The foxes tumbled around everywhere is great, I think.

    • #34 by tialys on April 1, 2019 - 23:24

      I was glad of the opportunity to use that fox fabric – I didn’t ask whether there was some sort of colour scheme going on in the baby’s room but I daresay it will go with something, somewhere, even if it’s the car seat or the baby buggy.

  16. #35 by Born To Organize on April 2, 2019 - 06:38

    What a charming quilt. It’s nice to see something for a baby that’s not the (yawn) obligatory pink or blue. I missed the post where you were asking for advice, but clearly you’ve got it all worked out. A lovely gift for the niece who is missing out by not reading your blog.

    PS I’ve switched back to Reader. Bloglovin seems to give me grief whenever I leave a comment.

    • #36 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 08:49

      I’m hoping she’ll feel the same about the colours – I just went with those foxes I had in my stash as they just said ‘baby quilt’ to me and a baby in the family isn’t that common an event but, like buses, two came along at once.
      Thank you for your perseverance in following me xx

  17. #37 by sew2pro on April 2, 2019 - 23:24

    Very cute. It worked out really well. I can imagine the baby turning this way and that to face the way the different foxes are peering. Far more stimulating that if all were in the same direction.

    • #38 by tialys on April 3, 2019 - 09:40

      Just hope she likes the colours as they were my choice, not hers. I wasn’t going down that road. If she doesn’t like it I’d happily have it back 😉

      • #39 by sew2pro on April 8, 2019 - 22:18

        Well once you decide to go for foxes, certain colours just have to feature 🙂

  18. #40 by nanacathy2 on April 5, 2019 - 10:04

    Such a pretty quilt and a real family treasure.

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