It Moose Be Love! My Turn

When I heard the title of this hop, I knew I was in! According to Joan, this challenge is to show us what you LOVE; moose of course are optional. The good news is that I had a moose quilt that needed to be finished and this hop was the incentive I needed to get back to it.

Just to be clear, no moose were injured in the making of this quilt! I did see this sign on the shop hop tour this summer and it’s an excuse to share the joy of things that make me smile in Maine.

The Moose Quilt Top

©Sew Fresh Quilts

Several years ago I was able to get this pattern, Moose Buffalo Plaid, from Sew Fresh Quilts. I believe Lorna was having a giveaway as she began to destash paper patterns. I began this quilt in January 2023, yup a year ago, and then it sat.

When we left off, the basic moose was finished, but I didn’t know how big I wanted to go.

For the second time in its life, this fabric and project accompanied me on retreat in Bolton, MA. There, I decided to add one more border of the buffalo plaid and a border. These fabulous pine trees were just perfect, and it was one I had purchased on the New England Shop Hop, doubly perfect. The pine tree is one of the symbols for the State of Maine.

I also made the back from some of the leftover pieces; fewer scraps is always a bonus.

Quilting the Quilt

I auditioned a few designs for the quilt. A moose is a very large animal, and while this quilt wasn’t that big it was a touch too big for my frame to do it right side up without clamping – a more tedious process. You will see when it is on the frame, I had to quilt it side to side rather than top to bottom. Some designs will not work that way so I had to be careful.

You can see some of the choices I looked at for quilting designs, using Prostitcher and Designer to audition the designs to make sure they worked on the moose. As I looked at these, the first one seemed a little bit like barbed wire, the second trees were a little too whimsical, the leaves were perfect, and the last felt it drew more attention to the square lines/plaid than the moose.

The maple leaves were my choice and it quilted well.

I bound it with this great black and white fabric I brought up from Medford. Glad to use another piece in the pile.

And, the other day we took it to visit a fellow moose!

It Moose Be Love is for sure the theme of this quilt!

Schedule Of Blog Hoppers

Here’s the full schedule of blog hoppers, and we are on Wednesday, Day 3 so there are lots of goodies to look at and one more day to go. Visit some if you have time – we love company in blogland.

Monday, February 19
MooseStashQuilting | Pattern Princess | Karrins Crazy World |
Quilted Snail | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Tuesday, February 20
A Quiltery-For the Love of Geese | Quilting Gail | Quilted Delights |
Words & Stitches | VroomansQuilts | Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Wednesday, February 21
Selena Quilts | BeaQuilter | Ms P Designs USA |
Kathleen McMusing | Days Filled with Joy | Quilt Schmilt

Thursday, February 22
Just Let Me Quilt | Inflorescence | High Road Quilter | Just Sew Quilter |
Scrapdash

Quilt Statistics

Buffalo Plaid Moose 51″ x 48″
Pattern: Buffalo Plaid Moose by Sew Fresh Quilts/Lorna McMahon
Quilting Pattern: Prostitcher Maple Leaves
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Dove grey
Quilting Thread: Floriani PF1586 (Cabernet) in the top and DecoBob Grey in the bottom
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Coming Up on My Blog

It’s a busy week on my blog, this is the second post this week and I am hosting my Tips and Tutorials and TGIFF – phew. And I wound up with 3 commission quilts this month – something I rarely do. Must have been a week moment or two!

Linking

Sew and Tell
Midweek Makers #423
TGIFF
Finished or Not Friday
Wednesday Wait Loss
Favorite Monthly Finish

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