Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wild About You: A Speedy Sneaky Finish

I can hardly believe that I have already finished my last sneaky sewing quilt. I was just hoping to have it finished by Thanksgiving, and I am totally shocked it is already done.  It feels incredible!  Now my only challenge is waiting until Christmas morning to gift them.  ;)


This last one is for Cheetah, who is getting a little suspicious.  I will admit that in my desire and hurry to get it done I did some sewing while the boys were hanging out with Dad at home.  Cheetah knew he was banned from the craft room.  I tried to throw him off track by telling him that I promised him something fuzzy and not necessarily a quilt.  So now he is thinking about fuzzy pillows

It was inspired by his love of... cheetahs. In case you don't remember, his first quilt, "Fuzzy Cheetah," looks like this. It is 42 x 60 inches with minky on the back, and he has been wanting a bigger one for a long time.


I started out with a plan for a simple patchwork quilt like this. 


It would have been cute, but the day before I went to go buy fabric I saw a HST quilt with animal prints made by Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  I immediately changed my mind, and decided to do HST instead.  Thanks, Cynthia! 

Here is my original fabric pull. 


I see a giraffe, leopard, zebra, crocodile, and something tigerish (I think it said Coffee Cat).  Plus a brown minky and Kona Black.  I decided to add the left overs of Leonard's quilt so I could use something more cheetah-like. 


At first I was going to center the diamond, but because I wasn't going to add borders, I wanted to place the diamond off center.  I know Cheetah likes things symmetrical, so back in October I drew a quilt that was off center (when we were coloring together as a family).  I showed him my quilt and asked what he thought.  He really liked it even though it was not perfectly symmetrical.  Sneaky, huh?  That meant I could do it my way.  Although my symmetrical-loving husband is still getting used to it.  :D


Because Cheetah is worse than his younger brothers at leaving his room 3-4 times after he has gone to bed, I basted the quilt in my craft room.  It was a tight fit, but I was able to do it after moving my cutting table. 


I really love the way it turned out.  I quilted it simply by stitching in the ditch on the black. 


I also quilted a plus in the center diamond, because the quilting seemed too far apart.


You can see the quilting better on the back.


I bound it by machine with the Kona Black.  There is a tan label that I didn't take a picture of.  I decided to call it "Wild About You" because it was made with love for him.  I'm sure that once he sees it he will let me know what I should have called it.  Such a critic.  ;)


I really hope this is grown-up enough that it will last him through his teenage years.  (He will officially be a teenager next year--eek!)  What do you think?


Quilt Stats #118
Name: Wild About You
Pattern: HST finishing at 6 inches
Fabric: From my LQS and Kona Black
Amount Used: 7 yards
Batting: Warm and White
Size: About 60 x 72 inches
Date Finished: November 2014
What I Learned:
  • Not all minky is as generous with the 60 inches wide.  I had to use the selvage and barely had enough, even though it was sewn with a generous quarter inch seam.  (This is the only one I've done out of eight like that.)
  • Frixon pens are awesome for marking the line on HST. 
I feels so free now that these are all done.  And my next project?  Drawstring bags for my boys.  Monkey keeps asking for his dumper quilt, even though I tell him it is for a bag.  He helped me pick out the fabric.  :)  Then I have some non-sneaky Christmas sewing to do. 

XX,
Jasmine

P.S.  I am linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop (I am totally doing the happy dance) and Finish it up Friday. 

P.P.S.  I am also linking up with Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts for her Santa's Sweatshop linky party.

20 comments:

  1. Jasmine, LOVE this!! I think of the four, this one is my favorite! Congrats on finishing this one so fast! You are a quick sneaky sewer :)

    Cheetah is going to love it way past his teens!

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  2. I really like the off center look-adds a lot of character to it. And of course I totally approve of the giraffe print in there, LOL

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  3. wow Jasmine! It looks great and I know Cheetah is going to squeal with delight when he sees it. Now that you got all your sneaky sewing done, you can help me with mine! I of course have procrastinated and will be paying the price as the holiday nears.

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  4. I think it's a beautiful quilt! I love that the diamonds aren't centered, it gives the quilt so much visual interest. What a great job!

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  5. Great impact on this one! Off centre really works. Still love that photo of the stuffed cheetah too!

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  6. Love this one too! My youngest loved animal prints for a really long time! This will be so loved.

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  7. I hope you will share the name he thinks you should have used when you find out. :) I love the off-centeredness, and the pattern formed by the different skins is just incredible. I might have to try something similar with my own skin leftovers...

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  8. What a beautiful quilt! The animal prints make a nice contrast against the black, I am sure Cheetah will be very pleased with this one. Pretty pretty!

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  9. The HST's were a great call, Jasmine. And I love the offset diamond. This is very grown up looking for a quilt done with animal prints. He's going to love it!

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  10. It's darling - all children should have lots of Minky in their lives. The hardest part is always having to wait until Christmas to gift things.

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  11. Where can I find a mom who will make me lots of amazing quilts?! Your boys are so lucky to have you around to make their quilty dreams come true...

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Your comment made my day. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful boys to sew for. It is nice that they appreciate things made by mom.

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  12. I love all the animal prints in there and I love the center off to the side a bit. Nice job, I know Cheetah will love it.

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  13. Congrats on another great sneaky finish! It looks terrific! He's sure to love it.

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  14. It's not easy being sneaky with our sewing! There are even on-line spies who try to figure out what we are working on! This is awesome! He is going to love it! Very much a guy quilt, particularly with all the softness!

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  15. Fabulous! I love the interest created in the assymetry!

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  16. This turned out great, the black really makes a statement!

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  17. Awesome!!!!!! Great pattern to feature all those prints. I know your soon will looooooooove it!

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  18. This is so awesome! I think the hardest part is going to be the waiting to gift all these lovelies! :)

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