Monday, September 30, 2019

September mini - Bears with Boro raindrops



For this mini, I appliqued some vintage indigo 'raindrops' onto this adorable Naoya Hata bear fabric.   It's for my son Tommy, who loves bears, and indigo.  Lots of rainy days in August and September while I worked on it, and lots of Netflix too.  My initial idea was just to applique various indigo circles onto a background.  While searching my stash for a background, I thought ah ha! ... indigo raindrops for these delightful bears.


The striped borders are from some contemporary tsumugi from my stash.  Cornerstones had to be... of course... bear paws!


I cut the single fold binding 1 1/8 inch wide.  For some reason I machine stitched it to the back of the quilt, not the front, which meant a less than perfectly smooth finish on the front when I hand tacked it down, but, no matter.


The backing is leftover from the 4-patch Tommy took to college.


Will link up HERE with Wendy at The Constant Quilter when she posts the September mini links.  Thanks for the push Wendy.  Deadlines are useful!  Now...... what to do for October's mini??

xo
Cynthia


15 comments:

  1. This is so adorable and wonderful. I so love how you used the indigo fabric and the boro style, all the details. And those bears! Precious. Or awesome, since this is for I think a grown up guy,lol.

    lizzy

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  2. Oh my! I absolutely love this mini!!! What a treasure and a fabulous reminder of your days in Tokyo. I will link it in my post today. I spent Saturday shopping at Busy Thimble with Gladi Porche and I think your ears might have been ringing as we talked about you! Gladi said she had such fond memories of visiting Tokyo and especially Blue and White and was so happy to read about it in your blog. Thanks for another great mini!

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  3. I'm over the moon for this mini. It is just the sweetest and thoughtful little piece, an art piece really. Oh! I JUST LOVE IT. the corners of bear paw is perfect and the label is charming.
    I'm sure Tommy will love it. The bears with the upblown umbrellas are too cute.

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  4. This is just the cutest mini ever!! Love it!

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  5. The bear fabric is simply adorable, I can envision a larger version of this quilt for a grandbaby. What fun you've had choosing among the indigo scraps for your raindrops. A precious original!

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  6. Bears with Boro is beyond adorable! What a fun idea to use that fabric as your background and put the little bear claw blocks in the corners--so clever! Love it!

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  7. Your mini was all about the fabric too. It is so delightful. The fabric is adorable and you are so clever to add the indigo raindrops and the bear paw block. In our son is going to love it. Love the label too!!

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  8. You are so terribly clever! This is well thought out in every aspect. The bear fabric is as fun as they come and the indigo raindrops are a wonderful touch. Love the bear paw corners, and the label is so cute. It all comes together as a treasure I'm sure your bear-loving son will appreciate!

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  9. What a cute and original idea, Cynthia! And great use of your wonderful indigos!

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  10. And beautiful hand quilting, too!

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  11. what gorgeous fabrics you have available to you! love your little quilt!

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  12. So much character in this cute little mini quilt! The raindrops are an inspired touch.:)

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  13. Even the bear paw setting is perfect. Lucky Tommy!

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  14. Oh my goodness what a wonderful little quilt. Those bears are too adorable. I love how you used a bear for the label.

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  15. This is brilliant...beautiful and wonderful too!!

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