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YES! I did manage to get this one quilted in time for the show!
I spent last Friday and Saturday at the International Plowing Match Quilt Show in Harriston, Ontario. You can read about the results here. I was so excited… And also a bit nervous…..
So during the week prior, to alleviate my nervousness, I cut into some fabric and began making my way through the Kissy Fishy pattern. At last report for the Let’s Bee Social, I noted that I had a finished top.
And YES!!! I managed to get this one basted, quilted and bound just in time for the show!
For the quilting, I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin to quilt those wavy lines with my walking foot – as usual. Then I decided to add to the quilting with some variegated blue Fantastico from Superior Threads and wove my way parallel to every third or fourth quilting line. I love how this turned out! Without being overwhelming, it looks like those fish are actually swimming under the sea!
The “boy fish” were made using some fabrics I could not resist purchasing last year, which have been used previously in my original Dog Gone Cute quilt. These are Rain Drops fabrics in Blue and Sky from the H2O collection by Timeless Treasures from the Row by Row 2015.
The “girl fish” were made using the Season’s Best honeycomb print by Kim Schaefer for Andover paired up with this grid print from the Best.Day.Ever! collection by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda.
This is the first scrappy backing I’ve made in an awful long time. I chose this blue and white Gridworks print by Deborah Edwards of Northcott Fabrics, and did have enough yardage that I could have made a pieced backing. But I did not want to try and match up the seam to make the print appear to continue across the full back. So I used some remainders from the fish fabrics to piece the left side of the backing.
And the binding came up a few inches shy of the required length. So I threw on a piece of the Season’s Best honeycomb print. And I really like how this little bit gives a little punch to the dark frame and adds to the scrappy feel of this quilt. Binding is Holiday Magic for Henry Glass Fabrics – the same fabric used for binding my original Black Birds quilt.
We finally got some rain. Makes the fish happy….
And has brightened up our lawn. The grass is now green and lush!
And I think the corn is much happier now too.
The “Kissy Fishy“ quilt finished at 52” x 52″
and was the 10th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
Special thanks to ALL of the many volunteers who offered to test the Kissy Fishy pattern! It was so nice to have your help in getting this pattern ready in time for bringing printed copies to my booth at the quilt show. I appreciate all your help so very much!!!
Finally!!!! Bessie finally gave birth to her calf on Wednesday. It’s a GIRL!!!!
Because she was born so much later than all the other calves, we have separated mom and babe into a pen in the barn, away from the reach from the others. The other calves were all born in June! You can read about them here and here.
Nature can be so cruel. You see those bigger calves will ride on this sweet little one and wear her down. She needs to grow a bit to have a fighting chance!
|Bessie and ???
Here you can see Bessie is very protective. And is doing a wonderful job of keeping her wee babe clean and spotless.
|Orphan Andy 2 & 1/2 months
And here comes trouble! This is nosy Orphan Andy. He sees me and he thinks it’s bottle time. He is another reason why we are keeping the new babe and mom out of reach. He will be a general pest and will try to get the momma’s milk for himself.
ANY NAME SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEW LITTLE GIRL??????
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