Thursday, October 14, 2010

Its done!

My baby quilt is done except for sewing on the label.  I am absolutely thrilled with the way it has turned out.  The quilt has a little story to it, that I'm putting on the back.  I wrote the story and I'm happy with it too.

Casper the Caterpillar
Casper the caterpillar, was making his way slowly across the farmyard, heading for a safe place in the sun to have his afternoon nap.
Lucy the Lamb was looking for something to nibble on because supper was still sometime away. Maybe that grass over by the farmyard gate would taste really good.
Gracie the Goose was headed over to the pond for her swim. The day was warm and sunny and she thought the water would help to cool her off.
Bailey Bunny was quite happy doing nothing. He just sat and watched everything that was going on around him.
Stormy the Chicken (she was named that because the night she hatched there was a terrible storm), was pecking her way down the path looking for some grain to eat with her friend Callie.
She stopped. She looked. What was this? It was furry and it was green! And look there was a yellow one.
She clucked and clucked until the other animals came to see what was the matter.
They came as fast as they could.
Goose, didn’t know, Rabbit didn’t know, but Lamb did. She had seen one of these before. Farmer Andrews told her what they were. It was a caterpillar. One day it would turn into a beautiful butterfly.
As everyone watched, Stormy picked up the caterpillar in her beak and placed it very gently on the closest flower.
Everyone thought that a good name for him would be Casper so that is what he was called.
He rested on the flower in the sunshine on that warm summer day until it was time to curl up and have a good sleep.

This is the first quilt that I have done everything on.  The applique, the piecing and the machine quilting.

I have no idea what you call it, but when I move my machine too quickly my circles have these long threads that are barely holding the circle down.  I learned from Bearfoot, that you should "slow down around the curves".  Not only did I do that this time, I slowed my machine down. 

I learned something else too......................
see these two chickens.  When I placed them, I decided that they should be close to the top and in the centre.  It was a great idea at the time.  They are done with fusible web.  Remember that, okay?

This is the front.  See that lamb and that chicken?  Ah-ha.  Right underneath are those other chickens.  Everything done with fusible web.
Did I have fun?  Yes, I had "fun".  I had already stitched the rabbit and the sewing was a breeze.  Then the chicken in the top.  T-r-o-u-b-l-e.  I sewed, I used the seam ripper.  I re-sewed, I used the seam ripper.  I perserved and finally success.  Then the lamb.  Skipped stitches, long stitches.  Rip out, re-do.  I finally clued what was going on.  It did work.............took awhile and I learned a lesson.
If you want to do something like this, fusible is the last way to go.

Our new neighbour is here.  Daddy told Grandma the baby is "perfect".  Its a girl!  She weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs.
and her name is
Julia Eileen.

Til tomorrow...............................................

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