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Fox Applique Quilt – Free Applique Pattern

About two years ago, I made a fall snowball quilt, and had a bunch of HST’s leftover after trimming my blocks. So I pieced them into an awkward shaped block of chevrons. It then seemed impossible to me how to finish the quilt.

Then last week I was sorting through some Works in Progress (sooo manyyyy) and in a flash decided I would add a strip of white and an applique patchwork fox. I had a free moment so got started immediately.

And Done! I have traced the applique with basic instructions for anyone that may want to make their own Fox Patchwork Applique here is the pdf . It is a VERY basic pattern, let me know if you have any questions.  The fox finished at about 13×17 at the widest area, so you could easily make one with a fat quarter if you don’t like it pieced.

Fox Applique quilt

I pieced together a block of orangey-yellow 3″ squares and made a patchwork fox backed with fusible webbing. I pinned the fox down during basting and put on the finishing stitches during the quilting process.

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The fox was stitched down during the quilting stage using my walking foot using contrasting brown thread. I could have free motion quilted it, but I was too lazy to change the foot. I felt it needed something more and put a line of stitching around the fox, and then quilted the patchwork using a matching orange thread. I continued the chevron quilting into the negative space. I wanted to do more dense quilting initially and had pulled out some bronze and gold threads to add to it, but now I like it simple.

Fox Applique quilt

The backing is a mustard-tan print from Joann that I got a long time ago. I really like it and it has a nice solid hand. It makes me sad that there are so many other prints at Joann that are so pretty, but feel too flimsy and cheaply made to quilt with.

I had a mustard-tan thread on hand that matched it flawlessly – you can not see the quilting on the back, even the fairly dense quilting on the fox. I used up every last inch of that thread in this quilt. About 4 inches of binding stitching are done in a tan thread that just barely matches. That may seem like a really boring story to most people, but I think many sewists can understand that special thrill of pulling out that perfect thread for a project and then hoping it’s enough!

Fox Applique quiltI used 80/20 batting. Can’t remember the brand. I used to love 80/20 batting, but it is too fluffy for my tastes now, I’ve tried several brands and keep coming back to Warm and Natural. But I do like how soft the finished quilt is, and since it is for a baby, that is perfect!

For a fairly spontaneous project, I’m happy with it. I think if I had it to do over, I’d make the fox a little bigger though. Always more fox!

I’m linking up to TGIFF  and Crazy Mom Quilts, because I am pretty dang happy it’s finished!

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