Mist of a Donkey Mind

Meet Mist of a Donkey Mind!

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Mist of a Donkey Mind is a wall hanging that was made using an old pattern called the Democratic Donkey. Since politics aren’t really my thing, I made it for cuteness’ sake. MDM is destined to win show at my county level 4-H and hopefully from there, the State Fair.

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I loved making this quilt. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been any hic-cups. In fact, the donkey is about four inches taller than he should be (and that’s why I call him Stretch). There were also some issues with the HSTs and running out of fabric… Yeah, there’s been a number of issues. I guess that shows how much I love this mini though!

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Mist of a Donkey Mind was pieced with 273 two-inch squares. There are 32 half square triangles. (Please don’t quote me on the numbers!). MDM is minimally hand-quilted using a light pink thread; I wanted the fabrics to be the focus, not the quilting. I first outlined Stretch and his saddle pad and then hand quilted diagonally from left to right, every other square.

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Mist of a Donkey Mind was made using various fabrics from the collection Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda. MDM is backed in a large floral print from Honey Honey and has a scrappy happy binding using the familiar fabrics of the same collection.

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Instead of a sleeve, I used fabrics in the top corners to hold the wall hanging to the wall. On one corner is the label. It is very simple; it reads my name, 2013 , and 4-H.

Mist of a Donkey Mind Official Stats:
Name: Mist of a Donkey Mind
Size: 26″ x 24″
Fabrics:. Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda
Techniques Used: piecing, hand-quilting

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(What better place for a donkey than old farm equipment??)

See the adventures into the Mist of a Donkey Mind!

PS- If anyone was wondering where the name came from, its a poem titled “The Ass” by C.S. Lewis.

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The Quilting…

…is DONE!! It actually wasn’t that long of a haul and I really enjoyed it. I love hand-quilting!

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I quilted it by first outlining the donkey and his/her saddle pad. I then went diagonally across every other square.

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The quilting is practically invisible, but that’s how I planned it. I wanted the beautiful fabrics of Honey Honey (and the donkey!) to be the focal point.

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I am very happy with how it came out and all I hope is that the 4-H judges like it too!

Next, I’m going to whip up a tiny label. I have a solid 2 weeks before judging. Who would have thought I would have extra time?! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon…)

{Quilting Progress}

I’m sorry for my absence the past two weeks, but I promise its for good reason; I went to Europe!

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It was a 10 day tour through Paris, Provence, and Barcelona. It was an amazing trip (and opportunity) but I’m glad to be home…and back to the needle! I finished unpacking, so there’s my Friday Finish! (Hey, it counts!)

I was finally able to start quilting, through the progress is slow for now.

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I finished the saddle pad’s quilting and I just started on outlining the Donkey. I have 17 days to finish, so its crunch time!

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Wind-Blown Backing

I finished the pieced back for my Donkey Quilt the other day. Its a simple alternating four-patch, but I know its very busy with the borders. I think the business makes it fun!

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What do you think? Do you think its wonky? I’m worried about that…

I’ll hopefully baste it soon, which shouldn’t take me long. I bought a polyester batting that you iron to baste….hmmm we’ll see how it goes! Th hardest part will be lining the seams up on the front and back. Does anyone have any tricks for that??

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Oh, and I’ll square it up later (better late than never!).

{WIP Wednesday}

Its been slow going the past week, so I don’t have much to share. I did start working on my pieced back.

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Its a simple alternating four patch in the same Honey Honey fabrics as the front. Its small so I need some yardage to bring it up in size. Hopefully, I’ll get some tonight. I’m planning on getting the large blue-ish floral that’s on the donkeys back on the front.
Hopefully, I’ll have more progress to share sooner rather than later!