I managed to ignore a good portion of the housework this week in favor of some fun sewing projects. I've started a new quilt for our bed. I've had a fabric stack set aside to make a bear paw quilt for our bed for over a year now.
Then Dana from Old Red Barn started up a little scrappy bear paw quilt along over on instagram. It was just the kickstart I needed.
I'm planning to do one special accent paw in each block so I spent some time this week working on some of those.
Lulu's friend has a birthday coming up so she chose the fabric and I did the stitching on this very dear deer. The pattern is from Issue 2 of Love Patchwork and Quilting. (one of the cutest quilting and stitching magazines around)
I love the button and loop closure.
There are two pocket options. I chose the four pocket version with flaps.
I'm filling mine with some of my hand piecing supplies.
It was my first time working with vinyl. I was nervous because I have heard so much over the years about how it can get stuck on presser feet while you are stitching, but I used my walking foot and it was a breeze! I have to admit, I did get over confident and think that I could machine finish the binding. A skill I've never been able to master and managed to get some stitches on the vinyl. In the end, I couldn't take the sloppy stitching lines so I picked them out and finished it by hand. I was left with some tiny holes in the vinyl, but I think they are less distracting than the line of stitching so I'm happy.
Thankfully this one wasn't a gift so I was able to accept my mistake and stitch on. Well, again I have to admit first I ate a handful of chocolate covered almonds and then I stitched on. I think those tiny holes might be a little reminder of how important it is to slow down and finish a project the right way.
Sometimes stubbornness just gets in the way doesn't it?