A friend of mine gave me this panel to use for a charity quilt. When she gave it to me, I thought, well that’s sweet, and stuffed it away for later. I didn’t really look that close at it. While pulling out fabrics for donation quilts, I ran across it again, and figured it was time to get it quilted up for a charity. So, I pulled some backing fabric, and loaded it on the longarm. While I was loading it, I noticed the S block had a sheep. Well sure it does. Oh, but wait, the sheep has a Sunflower. And it is sitting on a Stool! Isn’t that cute! I kept looking at it, and found 17 items that start with an S in the block. Want a little puzzle for a Sunday? Can you find 17?
Well, now I have to look at a few other blocks, like the Alligator eating Apples. Oh, look, he’s wearing Argyle! I only found five A words in this one.
The Moose has Muffins and is toasting Marshmallows. I found ten M words in this block, can you find them? I cannot figure out the Native American design blankets though, what could those be that start with M? Do you know?
The panel is called Hungry Animal Alphabet from Quilting Treasures, and I tried to track it down. I really think this is just so stinkin’ cute, and would love to do a bunch of them for the local kids. But, alas, it is discontinued. There is a new one with red borders, but it is only available at full retail in a few online stores. That would be OK if I wanted one for a treasured family member, but too expensive for charity quilts. The manufacturer doesn’t have any more, so there isn’t a way to do a bulk wholesale order. My favorite online retailers are sold out, and the LQS doesn’t have it. I do wish that fabric companies would keep producing things as cute as this for more than one production run. This is a timeless design!
Oh, well. I loaded it on the longarm with the remnant of the wool batting from quilting Scrap Dance Waltz. I will be pinning a label on the quilt to be sure the recipient knows it isn’t a flame retardant batting. Quilting it with a pantograph from top to bottom, it was easier to deal with the higher loft than on the Waltz quilt where I did the borders first.
It looked fine while I was quilting it…
but, when I got it finished, I realized that using that batting on this quilt was a mistake. The higher loft makes it more difficult to see the detail in the blocks. Some handwork on Sunday to finish off the binding and it was finished.
I ironed it, and that helped a bit, but it would have been better to use cotton for this. It is done, though, and will be donated to a charity soon.
What are you working on? Did you find 17 items in the S block? What are those blankets on the M block?