Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE Mickey Mouse Quilt

You know, the one that I have been talking about for WEEKS!


I feel like it might be a let down after all the "peeks" I have given the past few weeks!


I am super happy with it!  




I "pinned" this quilt last year for my nephew. I even worked out the pattern on my EQ7 for yardage requirements and even bought the fabric.  However, I worried that he might "outgrow" it (he already is in a huge Cat-in-the Hat kick), so I have gone in a different direction for him.

 When Mr. Boss sprung the trip as a surprise for our family...I KNEW I had to do it!  I already had the pattern and fabric, right?



 
I set up my embroidery machine and swapped out the various 4x4 inch (finished) blocks and appliqued Mickey Mouse head outlines at various angles.  I decided to do just Mickey Mouse heads because of all the boys...but now that I look at it, I noticed that there are six heads. Maybe one of them needs to have a Minnie bow?  Easy to add....do I dare?



I am so happy with the free motion Mickey Mouse heads I appliqued in the "blank" 4x4 sqaures.  I looped and meanderead in between.  I also added some Mickey Mouse outlines in the large border too.


I had intended to do the small border like the original quilt, but I was in a major time crunch and just added 5 inch borders of the white and black dotted red fabric.  I actually liked how it turned out.  The small dotted black fabric really balanced nicely for me!


The backing ended up being a new adventure for me.  I am not very good at "improv", but for some reason, my math was really off and I ended up adding the large red dotted piece on the right side and the two strips at the top and bottom.  I did like the end result!!  So maybe I will actually improv my backs a little more often!


Instead of one 4x4 inch quilt label?  I did FOUR!  It was fun to make sure every bit of this vacation was etched into this quilt!  It ended up having more uses for our Magical visit than I ever intended!


By the way, I did NOT wash it before we left because I didn't have the binding on it.  I was REALLY worried about it washing with all that red, so I made sure I had 3 Color Catchers in the wash.  Two of them were VERY red and the third was more pink.  No red or black leaked anywhere!  It also didn't crinkle that much because I think with the humidity, drool, and heat of our bodies warmed it up like a dryer...teehee!

Quilt Stats:

Measures: Approx 40 x 50 inches.
Pattern by Mama Roux handmade  
I used my EQ7 to work out exact measurements, but to start, 
the blocks are 4x4 inches with 2 inch borders and 2 inch sashing.
Fabrics: 
Solids: Kona Red, Black, Yellow, White
Dots: Riley Blake Big Black Dot,
Robert Kaufman Small Black Dot, Small Red Dot, Red and Black Dot,
Holly Hoderman Big Red Dot
Binding: Windham Fabrics Mini Black Dot
All fabrics purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop
Techniques: Machine applique, machine pieced,
 FMQ on my longarm
 

11 comments:

  1. Oh Heidi--it's perfect! I so love the fmq mickey heads that add the perfect touch! They're like the hidden Mickeys at Disney. Great job! Oh, and definitely add a bow to one--go for it!

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  2. I love this so much Heidi! We're a huge Disney family...we go as often as possible. It's our preferred vacation destination. We went for our honeymoon, and anniversaries, and birthdays... Anyways, I can see this being perfect for signatures instead of an autograph book. I may do something like this and leave the back solid and bring along fabric markers every trip. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. So funny you should mention that! Mr. Boss came up with the SAME idea! We don't usually do autographs, but he thought of it while we were driving there. I didn't have a good fabric pen, so I think we will be having them sign the back of ours in the yellow and red solid areas! I couldn't have them do the front! I ALMOST had Mickey hold the quilt up for a picture, but didn't want to disgruntle the people behind us! Next time, I just might be daring enough to do it!

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  3. Heidi it turned out so well! The FMQ Mickeys really set it off. What a fun thing to make and use for the trip. I'm glad you guys had such a good time!

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  4. Add a bow for sure! I love it. The fmq Mickey is awesome. Love the signatures on back idea and Mickey just HAS to take a picture with it next time.

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  5. Oh yes Micky must hold it next time :) I love this quilt you have done a wonderful job. hugs

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  6. Your quilt is wonderful! Love the way you have pulled it all together and the backing is great,too.

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  7. This is beautiful! I would love one, but I'm not that talented. I can sew very,very and I mean very small projects.

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  8. This is beautiful! I would love one, but I'm not that talented. I can sew very,very and I mean very small projects.

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