A Fox for Fox
One of the things I promised myself after quitting the day job in the fall was to learn a couple new quilting and sewing skills. High on the list? Paper piecing. I’d monkeyed around with it before, I think I even made a couple string blocks for a bee a while back. (This is why I should blog more. I don’t remember project specifics unless I write them down.) Last time I was at New England Quilt Supply, I picked up a couple packs of Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper but they’ve been sitting on a corner of my desk gathering dust for a few weeks.
But then! We had houseguests this weekend and one of them was an adorable 18 month old named Fox. When they left on Sunday, I was dying to sit at the sewing machine and make something. Anything. Quick Robin, to the Pinterests! Browse, browse, pin, nope, pin, browse, wee fox paper piecing block!
I cracked open the stash, picked a foxyish colour, fired up the Craftsy paper piecing class, and fumbled my way through. Paper piecing eats more fabric than I expected. There’s so much detritus left afterwards and that suprised me.
I toyed with buttons for the eyes but after letting it sit over night, I knew embroidery was the way to go. Before sandwiching the quilt I’d added a light interfacing to the back where the eye buttons would go. The interfacing would have added stability if I’d sewed buttons on but as it turns out it was just an added pain in the ass for the embroidery. Oops! The end result is ridiculously sweet though.
The fabric is Kona Cotton all from the stash. I used a variegated green Gutermann thread for the grass blades and a matching blue nameless cotton thread for the wind.
I added hanging pockets to the back by folding two squares and sewing them on with the binding. That piece of wood in there is a snippet of an old bamboo fence. It should be a dowel but who has time to go to Home Depot?
And used my Martha Stewart Self-Inking Stamp Set to make the label.
Has this adventure kindled an interest in paper piecing? If you’d asked in the first 10 minutes while I was figuring out what to sew where, I’d have said hell no. But now that it’s finished, I quite like it.
I’ve already started sniffing around for the next project so that should tell you something. Have you seen any paper piecing patterns that you’re dying to make? Let me know!