Friday, August 24, 2012

Under the Big Top!

More fun today with children's fabrics, designed by Kimberly Bourne for . . .
Benartex Fabrics
Under the Big Top valance and counting mats
You can see all the fabrics in this brand new collection here: Under the Big Top

This fun ensemble has several colorways and a variety of fun prints - dots, triangles, printed words and of course, animals. I cut apart the Counting Panel and added a variety of small motifs from another panel and tried to add them as they relate to the number on the panel. I was only able to finish 5 of them and will not bind them but zigzag around the outside edges. I free motion quilted these on my Pfaff 2144 with Fairfield Fusi-Boo (fusible batting which is a delight to work with).

Here are the panels up close:
The starting panel (6" center, 10" block)

Number 1 with a single motif (for counting) in the corner

Number 2 with 3-2-1 motif so child can identify the 2s

Number 3: 3 bears, 3 stars motif, umbrella with 3 panels

Number 4 with a clown holding 4 balloons
What about that valance? Well, it came off the counting panel (I think!) and once I got beyond making a quilt with it, I thought of curtains (maybe because my daughter was here last week and we were making valances for her new apartment?)
Panel is 9" x 42" to start
 I wanted to line the panel but all the coordinating prints showed through the white part. I used fusible interfacing on the panel back which solved my problem. It also gave it a very nice body. Then I used 1/2 yard of the ice cream print, stitched around 3 sides and turned it right side out. Pressed well. Stitched the bottom along the stripe to keep backing in the back!
Here is lining as it is sewn.
 I folded the remainder of the backing fabric around to the front, covered the raw edge of the top of the panel, stitched. And then stitched 1-1/2" from that stitching line for my rod pocket.
Isn't this the cutest panel for any child's room?
Thanks for visiting today.

2 comments:

  1. Cute, cute, cute! My Grandchildren would love this!

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  2. Hi Debby,
    I love this project and am looking forward to making it for my nephew, but I cannot seem to find the rest of the blocks. You had mentioned that you were going to post the remaining panels the following week, but I simply couldn't find them. It could be that I am not looking in the right place, but if you have posted them please direct me to them. I am really new at doing things like that and am so excited to find something so cute that seems so simple as well, so I am encouraged.
    I did take a look at other items, and my, they are all really pretty. Keep up the good work.

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