Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday finish

Hey hey hey!
It's been so long since I've had a finish!

I finally dug into my stash and made the Brown Bear by Eric Carle from the kit I purchased from Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, several years ago. Even though I dipped into the kit to make this teacher gift,

I still needed to make the quilt in the pattern/kit. Amazingly, I had enough fabric to make the quilt two rows longer than the pattern called for, and the only thing I substituted was a solid red for the inside sashing instead of the stripe. I didn't need to order any extra fabric! (Good thing, too, because the fabric is out of print by Andover, and is very hard to find. I can't find any of the panel print.)

So, I have no idea what I'm going to use for backing, since I'll need about 5 yards.

Any ideas?
Go with something bright but totally different?
Find some other print of Eric Carle's books to use for backing? (Andover got the licensing to produce fabric from his books.)

Unfinished top: about 62" x 76"

My toddler loves the Brown Bear book right now. You should hear him try to "gu-ack" like the duck or pant like the dog.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Brown Bear

Hi all,

It's a good thing I can type, because I can't talk, because of this nasty cold virus! I'm the last one in my family to get sick the past two weeks.

The baby's star sampler is all basted and ready to quilt.

I finally dug into the Fons and Porter kit of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" (book by Eric Carle). My baby loves the book, and I've had the kit for quite a while, so I really need to get it made while my boys are still little.

The center of the top is finished. It needs trimming on the sides, since I matched centers. Because I had dipped into the kit for the teacher's quilt, I didn't have enough stripe for sashing. I used my favorite Legacy Solid Red for the sashing,  since it matched the collection and red animal tone-on-tone print quite well.

Now all the borders need to be cut and attached. How fun. Hope I have enough!