Catching Fire{flies} – Finished!

Yes, I’m starting to do finished posts on Wednesday, because Jennie is monopolizing my Fridays with pattern releases. If you come back, there will be a giveaway!

But first, MY quilts. Especially THIS one.

This one is my deployment gift to the boys. Mostly because I couldn’t justify buying the fabric for any other reason. I finished the top while my husband was deployed, quilted it while he was home, and I’m giving it to the kids just in time for…yay, another deployment! I love this sixty-days-on-sixty-days-off stuff.

I used a fat quarter set of just the boy fabric, obviously. Heaven forbid there’s any PINK. The frames are from the amazing border print, the “pictures” fussy cut from two of the fat quarters. I wanted to offset this section, but I ended up not being able to justify the cost of half yards, and very few online shops sell quarter yards. Sigh. If you want to see it in action, check out Lyn’s. {She asked permission to copy me.}

This is hands down my favorite section. The Dude learned to ride on a white horse – we both miss Walter! As you can see, I used a wishbone quilting design – simply across each row, and around the border. It’s a motif from Angela Walters’ book on freemotion quilting. Now, this is going to be all kinds of contradictory – I didn’t think I’d like the book because I don’t like “quilted to death.” It looks very nice and I admire the technique, but I like my personal quilts done looser. Turns out, it’s really super easy to, well, make the motifs bigger. Who knew?

Angela even includes how to do the corners with this design! And can we all pause for a moment and admire my mitered corners? I learned the technique just for this quilt. And it looks pretty damn amazing.

The backing is this adorable fox from Joann’s. Mostly so I can walk around asking, “What does the fox say?” to annoy the Dude. Binding is more leftover strips of the border fabric.

I Red-Peppered the binding again – actually, this was the first one I tried, and didn’t catch the stitches with a 3/8″ binding. So I ripped it out and did a 1/4″ one, with a zig zag stitch because I’ve been having issues with the backing rolling with this technique. It was the perfect mix – the 1/8″ made a huge difference and the backing stayed where it should be.

Are they fighting over it already? Yes, yes they are.

Luckily we’ve settled into a daytime-Little Man / nightime-Dude arrangement.

And CC-never.

No, really. Keep off, Bad Kitten!


Fabric: Wee Wander by Sarah Jane


12 thoughts on “Catching Fire{flies} – Finished!”


Congrats on the finish. It turned out beautifully! Sorry your guy is deploying again. Will he at least be home for Christmas?

sarah did it!

Awww…CC never gets a turn. Poor kitty!
Gorgeous quilt and ur miters are perfect!


Cute quilt and kids!! Your cat reminds me of my cat who died a few years ago at the age of 16. She was the best and smartest cat. She was more white than black with similar markings, especially the nose.. Give her a pet for me.

Angie @

Love this. What a great way to use this fabulous fabric. Simple and effective. Love the foxes on the back too! Love it.

Heather in California

Love how you did your quilt. I agree with you on the over-the-top-quilting stuff, yours looks great. Also, please tell your hubby thank you for his service. What an awesome gift to give the boys. Kudos!


I also admire over-quilted projects but prefer mine with minimal quilting!

Great day-time/night-time solution!

Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts

Already it is well loved! Congrats on the finish!

Jennie T

I suck! This should be a Friday Feature!! It’s absolutely gorgeous my friend. Your mitered corners are perfect, and I love the fussy cut blocks.

It wasn’t stating the obvious, making the quilting motifs bigger. I hadn’t even thought of doing that. Gonna have to try it! I’m growing tired of loopy swirls and stars and flowers and butts, er, hearts. Time to do what you do and try new stuff.


Your mitred corners on the border *are* amazing! Well done!


I love it! Brava on the mitered corners, they look fantastic.


It is so cute! I love the way it came together and the kids look adorable with it!


Oh, my. I love this!! I’ve seen that fabric and thought it was cute… but you make it sing!! And I love the zig-zag stitch idea! Totally trying that on my next quilt!

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