29 May, 2019

Just Add Insects

The newest porch quilt to be added to a growing collection; they're all from Kim Shaefer's Calendar Quilts and measure in at the same size; 20.5" X 28.5". This one just needs bugs. I messed up when copying the shapes onto the fusible web and forgot to reverse the images, my version is a variation on the pattern as published. Oh, well; it's an original.
I finish all the raw edges so that these quilts will stand up to the elements and won't curl or fray over time. 
A lady bug, butterfly and a bumblebee are pre-fused and added to the flowers and background. 
I need to get this quilted up now; as small as these quilts are, that takes no time at all, binding takes longer.  I love the touch of whimsy that these porch quilts add to our outdoor space. I hang them on our side porch just outside the door that leads out of the sewing room. Mr. Goodneedle and I usually sit out there every evening enjoying the birds and other visitors in and beyond the developing perennial garden space; things that fly, crawl, hop, run or slither on by, we see them all.
Speaking of garden "visitors". My shoes were so caked with mud the other day after working in the garden that I left them outside in the sun to dry. The next day I scraped the dried mud and dirt off the bottoms of my shoes and banged them, repeatedly and HARD, against the brick wall to knock off any remaining dirt. I picked them up to carry them inside and felt a slight vibration inside one shoe. I pulled back the tongue of one shoe and out hopped this little friend. I know he had to have quite a headache after all that!😲

Life is Good!

7 comments:

cityquilter grace said...

lol...the little guy probably thought it was a tornado....LOL...

Shasta Matova said...

That is a cute quilt. Love all the little bugs. That poor guy got quite an adventure! At least you gave him a place to rest for the night before you woke him up!

straythreads said...

Love it!! the colors are so cheerful and I'm sure it good lluck to find a toad in your shoe.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Another lovely and fun porch quilt!

Tanya said...

Ha-ha! Good thing you didn't stuff your feet into the shoes before the frog jumped out!

I really like your idea of porch quilts. Do you not leave them outside for long? I would think that they would pretty easily fade and the fabric weaken... Or are you taking them down and changing them daily? I might just have a spot for a porch quilt... Another project to start!

KaHolly said...

I’ve made that wallhanging! It was lots of fun. Yours looks great! I’ve made five or six for my daughter to switch out periodically. My favorite was the watermelon. All those ants took time to applique, but it was worth it. Oh, the umbrella and rubber boots! I did it in batiks and it stitched up so beautifully. I’m going to try to make the next one with batiks, too. Oh, poor little froggie! And here he’d thought he’d found the perfect safe place to take a snooze!

jude's page said...

Cute quilt, and oh the poor little frog!!