Tuesday, December 15, 2015

100-Acre Woods and a Bonus!!!

This is quilt #11 from the Sugarland Fall Festival.

100-Acre Woods
Some quilts have short stories behind them.  This 100-Acre Woods story is a little circuitous.

When Nancy asked me to make a quilt for an upcoming baby shower, I was excited.  She is my biggest fan and I looked forward to an opportunity to make something for her.

Nancy: The theme is Winnie the Pooh.  Are you familiar with Winnie the Pooh?
Since I did not grow up here in the US, this was a valid question.
Me: Somewhat. I can always look it up.
Nancy: I want the quilt to have those colors - muted red, yellow, blue etc.
Me: Let me research and see what I can find.

I wanted a child-friendly fun pattern in bright colors, inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh.
As I trolled the internet for ideas, I came across a fabric panel with Winnie-the-Pooh and friends too!!!

Winnie-the-Pooh Panel

and also this - Winnie-the-Pooh fabric!!!
Winnie-the Pooh Fabric
Yes, I could just use the panel and the backing and call it a day.  But first, I want to check with Nancy.
As soon as she saw the panel, she squealed in delight.

Nancy: That would be perfect for the nursery.
Me: Did you want this backing too.
Nancy: Not sure
Me: Might be too much of Winnie.
Nancy: Love the front, though.

I got the hint. I used the panel for Nancy's quilt and decided to save the backing for another Winnie-Inspired quilt.  Here are the pictures of Nancy's quilt - Winnie the Pooh.


The leaves are so pretty!

The quilting is simple curvy lines, one direction only - simple and fast too. YAY!!!

I chose a light blue/teal chevron print for the backing. It was for a boy.
The striped fabric for the binding just so beautifully brings it all together.

I am in LOVE with this binding


and here is my reward - a beaming Nancy with the quilt.
Now, that I had a finished quilt, delivered and a very satisfied customer, it was time to tidy up the fabric mess that happens after every quilt. (You know that is true).

Oh, look at this beautiful Winnie the Pooh backing fabric.
Initially, I was going to make a quilt in these colors.
Well, I still can.
Let's do it.

So, I chose to make a Whirligig quilt in Winnie the Pooh colors.  I had made such a quilt  before and it was fun to revisit that pattern.

You are my sunshine!

Random charms miraculously came together to make this brightness

More whirligigs

Quilted simply with a zig zag stitch going over the seams.

I chose a deep red for the binding and I love it :-)
And here is the backing
Winnie-thePooh and friends too!

And one more picture showing the front and the back together

I know I am supposed to be a grown woman. But there is something about these quilts which evokes the child in me and makes me want to giggle with joy.

Is there a quilt or a quilt pattern that makes you feel like a child?  I'd love to hear from you.
As usual, I will be linking with my favorite link parties.


  1. So darling, beautiful job on both.

  2. Preeti, both quilts turned out beautifully! I love the colors you used for your whirligigs and it made me smile that you couldn't resist diving right in to make the second quilt. Winnie-the-Pooh brings back many happy memories. Quilt patterns like your whirligig, pinwheels and kites make me feel like a kid again. :)

  3. Great quilts. Love the colours in both.

  4. Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoon series) always brings out my inner child.

  5. Pretti, you once again have inspired me. It is wonderful to do what you love, isn't it?

  6. Great job on both quilts, they are very cute.

  7. They both really are preeti! I love Winnie the Pooh colors too, fun happy colors.

  8. "supposed to be a grown woman" ... hell to the no; as far as inner child goes, you are a child at heart, and as such, IMHO, a much happier and lighter person, if you know what I mean ;-) I LOVED Winnie the Pooh as a child, have all the books, and sometimes brought my mum to my room where I was laughing my head off to the point of tears at several points in the book, the most memorable one where Pooh has his head stuck in a honey jar. I just love that backing, and what you did on the front--!! Makes me want to buy that fabric and copy you...such fabulous (and dangerous) inspiration you give me my friend!

  9. Love the Whirligig with Winnie the Pooh colors! But both quilts are great and they wake up the little girl in me!

  10. I love your Winnie the Pooh quilts! They are bright and sweet and make me smile! Beautiful!

  11. Adorable. I love how you used the Winnie the Pooh quilt to inspire your second quilt!

  12. They are both darling! I love how cheerful they are.

  13. Beautiful I love it how one project inspired the other. Both Pooh themed but so different, equally stunning. Thanks for linking to TGIFF

  14. Just gorgeous, lucky friend, and lucky you.

  15. Love both quilts! Great color choices.