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A Fox for Fox

10 April 2014 38,507 views 6 Comments

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.

paper piecing detritus


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.

Fox for Fox mini quilt blogged at Splityarn.com

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.

Fox for Fox mini quilt blogged at Splityarn.com

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?

Fox for Fox mini quilt blogged at Splityarn.com

And used my Martha Stewart Self-Inking Stamp Set to make the label.

Martha Stewart stamp kit blogged at Splityarn.com

Fox for Fox mini quilt blogged at Splityarn.com

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.

Fox for Fox mini quilt blogged at Splityarn.com

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!



  • gale zucker (she shoots sheep shots) said:

    Love that fox! It is adorable without being cute. I am embarrassed to say that until I read your post, I’d assumed that paper piecing meant making a quilt-like picture out of little pieces of paper. Which didn’t sound like fun, at all. With fabric? Way more interesting. I learned something new. I can rest now today.

  • Paula K. said:

    What a great outcome for a pick me up type of project. Give yourself a pat on the back. Sincerely, Paula k.

  • Minty said:

    Dude! That quilting is amazing. I want to do little representational minis now.

  • Caro (author) said:

    I love the way the wind came out! And the grass. I kinda love this whole little thing. Next up is this paper airplane, I think. http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/other/paper-plane-paper-pieced-pattern/53372

  • Caro (author) said:

    It’s pretty neat how it all works. Basically you’re sewing fabric pieces to the paper in the order specified by the pattern. Sew, press, trim, repeat.

  • Michelle said:

    Such a cute fox! Sometimes it does seem like paper piecing uses a ton of fabric – but I’ve also made a block from total scraps too. I think it all depends on what you are making.

    Do you like that stamp? You totally jogged my memory that I had been eying that stamp for quilt labels.

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