A few posts ago, I wrote about Siblings Together, the charity that Lynne of Lily's Quilts is currently collecting quilts for. After checking with Lynne that a younger, more pictorial quilt would be suitable for donation (as I think the age range varies from young to teenager), I've decided to send a quilt full of friendly foxes along.
As you may have realised from previous posts, I have rather a penchant for foxes.While I'm not overly keen on some of their antics such as turning bins upside down or yowling late at night, I love the sanitised version of them that lives in my head: wily, playful, sweetly independent and curious-faced.
It's this latter type of inquisitive, gentle foxcub that I studied photographs of when I was drawing these foxes late last year.
I'd intended to write a quilt pattern to go with them, but that's somehow been sidelined, even though this quilt at least has come to fruition.
I'm hoping that the sibling who takes this quilt home with them will see the kindness that I hoped to capture in the faces of these foxes.
It is not technically perfect, but I so enjoyed making this. I tried free-motion quilting for the second time and loved it just as much as the first. It's a seaweedy pattern in white cotton swirling around the picture squares that recedes into the background to allow the bushy-tailed foxes to be the main attraction.
I will hopefully post this off later this week.
The applique was done using a simple straight stitch and by colour-matching the threads to the fabrics which was oddly satisfying - all those pre-wound bobbins of thread sitting next to freshly-bought reels of cotton (because orange was really not a colour I had in my stash) made me feel very happy indeed.