Saturday, June 16, 2012

My Mom's Cuckoo Clock

Well, it's finished.  I made this as a kinda run through before I make it as a ginormous quilt block.  It was a good chance to try it all out and figure what I would do differently when I do it for real.
 Really the main thing I would do differently is the applique.  I would rather they be turned edge, which is way feasible when its bigger.  I mean really, turn edges on those stinking little deer legs?   No, thank you.   (the whole thing is just under 20" long)

I also plan on appliqueing the deer and whatnot as I quilt it.  I really hate quilting around applique.  It seems really redundant and feels like poor planning.  But if I quilt it as I applique it's like two steps in one and I love that. 
The clock I bought as a kit at Michaels.  The instructions said "assemble clock."  Wow, that was a big help.  I seriously thought I was breaking the hour hand, I really had to shove it into place.  And of course it took me a couple tries to get it all just right and working.  But it really does work.  I made a clock; it's a fun sense of accomplishment.
But it really is going to my mom eventually (it's in a contest at my LQS right now).  I just don't like the look of the zig zag around the applique, but like I said this was really just beta testing.  I figure if my mom can't stand it she can always give it away at a baby shower.

7 comments:

Kat said...

I have used those clock kits (and the non instructions) from Michael's. Glad I'm not the only one who had a little struggle.

This is the cutest clock I've ever seen. I'm sure your mom will love it!

Carla said...

That is very cute!

Linda said...

Your mom will absolutely love it!

Sarah Craig said...

What a wonderful idea! Whoop whoop!!

Gemma said...

What a great idea! I totally agree with you about quilting around appliqué. I found myself in the position a few months and it was definitely poor planning on my part LOL Thanks for popping by and linking up :)

sewfrench.com said...

I hate the process of applique in general! This is really cute. Who'd of thought it?!!

Donna said...

That is just too cute!!