Thursday, July 14

Lexie's "Fancy Forest" and stars...

I have been in love with this pattern since it Elizabeth Hartman, of "Oh Fransson", created it.
My friend, Lexie, took the plunge, bought the kit, and made it!
It's even better in real life!
 I had so much fun quilting it.
I wanted to quilt each character with straight lines...
These butterflies are so beautiful...
The bunny faces are chunky cute... 
She threw in some them! 
You can create an entire quilt out of any of these cute characters.
The hedge hog might be my favorite - I don't know....
 I swirl quilted the linen background which softened the quilt.
I'm so excited to get started on mine. 
I'm collecting fabrics for it and making two smaller quilts for my granddaughters. 
They both love animals - so this is perfect!
I've cut out the hedgehog. 
Look how tiny these parts are - EEEE!
That's why it's listed as "advance piecing" level.
My background will be that sweet soft pink.
 Lexie chose this fabulous Elizabeth Hartman extra wide backing - you can purchase it here, at Hawthorne Threads.
There were some leftover strips from the piecing so Lexie had me add a scrappy binding.
 She also made this very cute giant star quilt.
It uses 16 fat 1/4's.
Cut your blocks 18" to start with.
 Eight are cut once on the diagonal for the star points. 
Four background squares are cut once on the diagonal.
 The other four background pieces are used for
the corner squares.
Do not cut these.
Lay out your "parts" to get the star pattern then sew the triangles together, either with another star print or a background piece. 
You now have 9 blocks.
Trim everybody up to fit the 1/2 square blocks.
(around 16.5" - 17") 
Sew together in rows to create your star.
So, so simple, and a great way to use some fat 1/4's you don't want to cut into tiny pieces. 
I'll be making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts!
 I used her backing for the quilting inspiration.
An all-over swirl design with some circles thrown in randomly.
Another scrappy binding...
Both of them bound & ready to go home to be snuggled under.
Thanks, Lexie, for letting me quilt them.
You inspire me!






  1. Hi Kathy!
    I tried calling you on your bd! twice! sorry I missed you! hope is was great! like you! :)
    The quilt you sent to Allison is just superb! I love it! I hear you will be retreating next week! You guys have a great time! Hope to see you again soon, in the meantime I will enjoy ALL this! beautiful stuff here on you blog! :) Take Care.

    1. That was so kind of you to try & call on my birthday - I had my girls here visiting from AZ - it was wonderful! Thanks for the compliments on my blog - it's fun!

  2. I also love the quilt you sent Allison. The two quilts in this post are quilted beautifully. I thought the swirls and circles were computerised they look so perfect . I'm off to practice! I,m waiting for my Fancy Forest pattern to arrive in the mail.

    1. Thank you for your compliments! I have the dream job - I love what I get to do. You'll love the Fancy Forest project - it's intense, but, fun!

  3. What an adorable quilt! It really would be cute for a special child, all those little pieces are a bit past my level though :)

    1. Oh - so many little pieces! I need to start now if I want to make them for granddaughter birthdays!

  4. I love the Fancy Forest quilt too!! The quilting you chose is perfect! I can't wait to see your granddaughter's quilts!

    1. It's going to be so fun to make these quilts! I'm super excited!

  5. Great job Kathy OOOOO!!! I think we all need hedgehog hot pads. Look forward to hearing more about your fancy forest adventures! ;)

    1. hahahaha - on the hedgehog hot pads.....better than paper clips?

  6. I'm just starting to quilt my Fancy Forest and you have settled my design problems. Simple straight lines are so perfect! Thank you for the inspiration.