Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun Fabric Ant Farm Quilt in Progress

Here are a few more pics of the quilt-in-progress I showed the other day.  Eli and I decided together that we would call it the Fun Fabric Ant Farm Quilt.
 The fabric in the sashing is a Timeless Treasures fabric.  I had looked for it for a long time after I got a single square of it in an I-Spy charm swap.  I finally found some this fall in Dartmouth, NS at Atlantic Fabrics.  I bought what was left on the bolt, 1 3/4 metres.  I had the idea of using it as sashing in mind and I think I have pretty much exactly enough to complete this twin-sized quilt.
 The scrap sections are 4 inches wide (3.5 inch sewn) and the sashing is 2.5 inches (2 inch sewn).  As you can see in the pic above, I randomly put some of the ant fabric in the scrap sections, so it was like a little pathway from one sashing section to another.  Now the whole thing is like a giant maze.  The ants can crawl around the whole quilt on their little paths.  I thought that would be a fun feature.  I have also told Eli that if he ever can't sleep he can count the ants (!!!)
 It has been a bit time consuming to make.  I chain-pieced most of the little scrap bits -- first in twos, then fours, etc, but as you can see I like to press every seam open to keep things flat, which takes a while.
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I built this quilt very much like a single large block, from the inside out, adding border after border.
Just a couple more borders to go ...
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See you sometime next week. 
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

16 comments:

pcflamingo said...

What a great idea! I have a great bunch of random bug-oriented fabrics stashed away and some white background ant and spider fabric that this would be a PERFECT pattern for. Therefore, I am stealing it. Thank you - that is such a great stash busting pattern!

Laura said...

That is such a fun quilt. I love it, love it, love it.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That is just too cute!

MGM

Sue said...

Hi Riel.... just a note about the pressing seams open. It is really not necessary unless you have points coming together and even then I try not to do it. It actually weakens the seam allowance when hand quilting which is where I started and still do on some quilts. With the machine quilting the stitching pretty much stabilizes everything, but after making hundreds of quilts I can tell you, it does NOT make a difference...

Suzanne said...

Fun progress pictures! Happy new year!

Vesuviusmama said...

I noticed the pathways between the sashing right away - very clever!

HollyM said...

What a fantastic quilt. I like the little details like the random 'ant paths' that you added. Very creative.

laurawilson25 said...

Totally cute!

Rachel said...

Very cool! It will be fun to follow the path of the ants!

Ginette said...

This quilt is so much fun! I agree with Sue about the open seams though... not really necessary unless you have points or are making really small blocks.
I am sure you guys will have so much fun following the ants on this quilt! Good job!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

So cool!

lej619 said...

wow love the color but not so much the ants.(yeck)

DeVona said...

Totally fun looking quilt! I love the connecting ant paths, too!

Sharon said...

What a great fabric, and what a fun way to use it. I love the random pathways for the ants! Cute name too.

Dresden Quilter said...

I love it and its name.

Amy said...

Love the quilt, and the ants are so much fun! It would help any kid appreciate bugs more. You can find more of the fabric if you go to www.Quiltshops.com and put "timeless treasures ants" in the search engine.