Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quiltmaker Bear


As you can see, the bear is all done! I sewed on his button eyes today. I have him hanging up in my family room. He was fun to make and I felt he was a great way for me to practice some free motion quilting.

I quilted pebbles onto the trim of his hat. I have only done pebbles a few times and still haven't found a technique I'm comfortable with. I try and go around the circle once but end up repeating the circle for the sake of movement. I try to sew the repeats over the existing stitches but it doesn't always go as planned. The lines in the red portion of the hat were very simple.

His whole body consists of lines sewed at an angle. I drew a few in just to keep my angle consistent. These lines are not meant to be equal divisions of his body. They're sort of drawn freely to give his body some depth.

Here's another view of the swirls. I also echoed a little square in his ear.

I truly enjoyed making this bear. I found the quilting was fun to practice. The final measurements for this piece is only 15" by 18". This was so easy to quilt on the machine. There was no bulk! It fit very nicely and I felt I had better control quilting him due to the size.

On to my next Christmas project! I have a little holiday apron calling my name! Until next time!!



18 comments:

  1. I really like the echo square in his ear! I would not have the patience or skill to stitch all those straight lines across his body - good job!

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    1. The straight lines were sort of easy! I used my foot as a guide. It was faster than I thought! Happy to hear you like it!

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  2. SO cute, Rosemary--I love that gray binding--it sets off the white really well. And I am a big "swirl" fan in skies...you will look forward to hanging him for the Holidays for years to come, I'm sure...Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julierose! Love hanging decorations that are homemade.

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  3. I've been waiting to see him finished and he looks just great :)

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  4. What an irresistable little guy! I love the quilting you did.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Auntie Em! So nice to work on something small instead of having to fight with a big quilt! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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  5. He is ADORABLE!!! Another fantastic finish, Rosemary - love, love, love your FMQ skills! I'm sure he'll be a conversation piece during Thanksgiving/Christmas!

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    1. He looks very cute watching over us in our family room! Glad you like my FMQ! So nice to quilt a small project!

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  6. cute project. great job on your quilting.

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  7. Very cute, Rosemary. And the quilting is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! It was a fun project.

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  8. Your bear turned out very cute!! and your free motion quilting is really well done. I love holiday quilts. Time to start hanging them up now that thanksgiving is over. Not quite ready for the tree. :)

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    1. I'm not ready for the tree either! A few little Christmas wall hangings are fine but not the heavy duty decorations! Thanks for the nice words about the bear!

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