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The Flute Player Doll Quilt Finished

For the past two days, I've been free motion quilting the doll quilt I made for my friend's granddaughter, Elyce.  It's all finished now, except to hand sew the binding.


I used Leah Day's "Cogs" motif in the center square.  It's supposed to look like little gears, but I thought it went well with the kokopelli figure.



Then I did some straight-line diamonds and squares in the middle border.



The colors are a little odd in the image above.  There's not so much orange in that border fabric.  It's mainly blues and purples.  Finally, I did a sort of square spiral pattern in the outer border.

Nice focus, eh?  But you get the idea.

George was a big help throughout the process, pawing at my leg and yipping at me to go out into the freezing cold with him.  He's always sure that the weather will improve if only I'll go out with him.  The weather is always better when I go out.  I declined for today, but it is hard to resist this face.


Each time I do free motion quilting, I feel a little more comfortable.  I actually enjoyed doing the quilting for this one.  Since I feel more comfortable, my shoulders and neck don't get as stiff and sore from my death grip on the fabric.  It helps to raise my chair up some too.

Also, this morning I sat and embroidered until I finished the fifth block for the Day in the Life of Mr. Bear quilt.  I'll still need to add the pieced sashing around it, but then I'll be on to the next one.

Since I'm trying to do a block per month on this quilt, it gives me some time left in the month to start on another embroidered BOM I saw at Jenny of Elefantz.  This is a free BOM, and the general instructions and the first block have been posted.


Since I wasn't sure I was going to have time to do this one, I haven't posted about it before.  It looks like I'll have plenty of time to keep up, however, and so this is next on my list to start.  This one will be for a friend who will appreciate the sentiment.  I'm excited that I'll have time to make it for her.


14 comments from clever and witty friends:

Judee said...

You did a great job on that quilting. George looks unamused. You certainly have some fine projects going!

Teresa in Music City said...

Barbara, thanks for leading me to Jenny's blog! I love the Promises & Borders stitchery! I've been wanting to add some embroidery to the things I will work on this year to practice that skill that my grandmother taught me so many, many years ago. This is perfect! =^..^= And I look forward to getting to know Jenny too!

Teresa in Music City said...

And by the way, you did a wonderful job on the FMQ on your doll quilt! Love your interpretation in the motifs. And I think I'm falling in love with George too. Just sayin'......

Denise :) said...

Barbara, it's wonderful -- you did a fantastic job on it!! Congratulations on a GREAT finish! :)

Anonymous said...

George is just SO cute! Charlie always starts crying to go out about 7 A.M., before it's even very light. And it means trouble if we don't let him out. Thursday morning it was TWENTY-TWO degrees when he went out and stayed out for an hour. He was wearing the same coat he wears when it's seventy degrees. How do those creatures keep from freezing to death? Sharon - ssauser@dishmail.net

Vicki W said...

That is really nice and I love the cogs quilting!

Quilter In Paradise said...

looks great! thanks for sharing
Beth in Dallas

Pat said...

Excellent choice of quilting designs!

Loretta said...

Love this one Barbara! And, who can resist handsome George? He's the star, huh? Hugs

Vickie said...

Your free motion quilting looks great. Practice will make you relax and enjoy the journey. Beautiful little quilt too!

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

Barbara, your Kokopelli Quilt is wonderful....and hats off to you on a great job on the FMQ too! I am including a (short) story for you on the Flute Player, Kokopelli, who is a Hopi Indian Symbol:
"Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest."

Mrs.Pickles said...

Your quilt is so lovely. Your FMQ is pretty great too. I thought your redwork was a photograph from a book at first...WOW

Diane Wild said...

This little quilt is awesome. I love what you did with the FMQing. And, George is such a cutey. He knows that, right?

LynCC said...

(I'm catching up on my favorite blogs after my "vacation" with family home from schools)

WOW!! I really love how you've quilted your Kokopeli piece~! Those cogs are perfect and the square spirals are so appealing. It turned out really nice.