Creating a home by hand.

Animal Appliques Blanket Stitched, Ready to Piece

Back in the spring when we were staying in the hotel, I started work on a quilt kit for One Big Cabin by Row House Creations

When we moved from the hotel into our apartment it got packed up and didn’t get worked on again until this past weekend.

Before it got packed away, I had chosen to blanket stitch by hand around each piece of the appliquéd animals but for some reason I found it tough going and was considering unpicking the stitching I’d done and zigzagging around them by machine. But when I got the blocks out on Friday evening, I thought I’d give it one more go hand stitching them first.

This time the stitching went smoothly and the animals were turning out so cute that I kept stitching until they were finished.

squirrel applique block for one big cabin quilt

blanket stitched owl applique block for one big cabin quilt

blanket stitched racoon applique for one big cabin quilt

There are still some details to embroider but I’m going to leave those until I’m doing the quilting in order to add dimension to each of these little characters.

I don’t have room in the apartment for the kind of design wall I see on so many of the quilting blogs, so I laid the blocks out on the living room floor and then took this picture as sometimes a photo can reveal areas where there is a concentration of one color or combination of colors that a bit of repositioning can fix.

One Big Cabin blocks laid out on the floor

I’ll be back on Friday to share the finished quilt top.


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  • Linda
    October 1, 2014 8:27 am

    That is so cute!

  • Linda
    October 1, 2014 8:29 am

    This is so cute!

  • CJ
    October 1, 2014 11:18 am

    Cute! My daughter has been after me to make a racoon pillow for her coonhound. This is an adorable pattern!

  • Kate
    October 1, 2014 12:37 pm

    Your quilt is absolutely adorable!!!! I love those critters and the colours you’ve used. Definitely the right move to continue with the blanket stitch – it adds a little ‘something’ to the quilt. 🙂

  • BillieBee
    October 1, 2014 3:22 pm

    So adorable!! Great fun factor here….:) :))

  • wendy
    October 2, 2014 11:15 am

    oh that is so sweet! It looks like your watermark is part of the quilt!

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