It Ain’t Easy

It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy
It ain’t easy to go ahead when you’re going down

Long John Baldry

I was side tracked a bit this week… paper piecing is to blame, yet again.

For some reason I decided that I just had to pp a fox. You see, my aunt, Mom’s older sister, passed away last week at the age of 96 leaving my mother as the only living member from a family of 9. Fox, having played a role in my mother’s childhood, is the only reason I can fathom for my urgent desire to make a fox out of fabric and paper.

I looked at many examples around the internet and finally settled on a pattern by Judit Haidu available for free on Craftsy.

The pattern is designated as a beginner skill level but I think it would really frustrate a beginner. I had several problems with it and had to unpick a few seams. The numbering system for attaching the fabrics to the template is not what I am used to. Also, about 2/3 of the way through the block you are told to tear the paper off and stitch what you have to a new template paper. Eventually I muddled through it and am fairly pleased with my results.


The block measures 7.5″ x & 7.5 unfinished.  Mom doesn’t do much cooking any more so I decided that a placemat would get more use than a hot pad.


Borders were added.


Some quilting was done – stitching in the ditch and not-so-straight line quilting. Once the binding is added I think it will be about 12″ x 16″ finished. As is usually the case, the first one is always the hardest and I would likely find making a second one much easier. If you had asked me yesterday if there was going to be a second fox block I would have said,”no”. Today I am mulling over other fabrics I could use so, I’m saying “maybe” !

In other news, I have made some progress on my Bijoux quilt. It doesn’t look like it here but the quilt should be about 68″ x 70″ once it is finished.

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Yes, that’s my folded up treadmill in front of my design wall. I should really move it out of my sewing room… I’d be more likely to use it !

If you have paper pieced a fox I would love to see it and please include a link to the pattern.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment, it’s up at the top by the date.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 09:52:11

    Sorry to read of the loss of your Aunt. I hope your Mum is comforted by the love of the rest of the family. The fox place mat is a great idea – lovely to be able to make something with meaning for your family – but does sound very fiddly, congratulations on not giving up and stuffing it behind the treadmill to be forgotten! The fabric you’ve used for the fur is perfect and the green eyes really glow! I like your choice of quilting too, it is a very effective frame for the fox.
    Take care



    • Colleen
      Mar 05, 2015 @ 12:02:38

      Thanks Allison. We all know that my Aunt enjoyed a good long life, good health, served others – she was a nurse for a very long time. Both my Mom and her sister were ‘going for’ a letter from the Queen marking their 100th birthdays.
      I laughed so hard when I read your solution of stuffing it behind the treadmill… it will remain an option from now on !

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  2. Rachel
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 20:15:13

    This is a great looking fox. Your mother is going to love it!



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