Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Winnie the Pooh Quilt

Apparently July was an unscheduled bloggy-break.

I could say that there was a lot going on,
but really...

Summer happens.

And in the words of Tolkien,
"Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend, are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway."

As we've had the former, rather than the latter,
I've not been posting much.

You're welcome.

But I do have a quilt to share.

One of our chapel families lives in Tokyo, and were expecting a baby earlier this year.  I didn't know boy or girl, just that mom likes yellow and green,
and teddy bears.

My tomboy side has trouble working with anything that feels too "cutesie",
so when I found a collection of Winnie the Pooh fat quarters in yellow, gray, and turquoise, that seemed like a good compromise!

I went with six-inch blocks to use as much of the fabric as possible.
I'm not used to working with larger prints, and didn't want to cut them into small pieces.  I tried out a few different layouts, and ended up going with the one below.

I probably over-think the whole thing, because the planning seems to take more time than the sewing!  But when I just had the fat quarters, there wasn't a lot of room for error.  Once it's cut, there's no going back!
Anyone else?

Once I got going, it all came together pretty quickly. 

I found a gray and light blue sheet at Walmart that worked perfectly for the back.

Ta-daa :D

Just some simple wavy lines for quilting...

Nate and Tomomi were visiting "home" (Nate's home) for the month of July, so the chapel had a chance to give them a baby shower and meet little Emma.

Tomomi seemed pleased :D

I used a few scraps for bibs and burp cloths.

I even used a few of the Winnie the Pooh scraps in a quilt I made earlier this year for Jim and Breanna - for another chapel baby born overseas... see if you can spot Winnie the Pooh -

(More pics of that quilt here.)

And that's ALL the baby quilts... for now.

Unless someone knows something I don't???


melanie said...

I always love to see your quilts, Julie! Well done, you.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Thanks, Melanie :D It was such a simple one to put together and fun to give.

Sara McD said...

I LOVE IT! Eeyore is my spirit animal.

I went to a local fair (like a county fair but funner) and thought of you at the quilt show. So many had history! "This was pieced from flour sacks by my great aunt Ida in 1897 and I finished it in 1992." So cool.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Sara, how fun!

Monica said...

How adorable! I love Winnie the Pooh! One question...why is there a fire burning in July? :D

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Monica - a "fake fire" because the mom, from a much warmer climate in Japan, was cold. Definitely NOT typical to have a fire going in July!