Improv Block: Friendly Fox

by Judy Tucker

This is a week of chores and Spring Cleaning, so I haven't had much time for quilting.   But I did take off and hour and a half to try my hand at an improv block, something that I haven't done before.

I had some great fox fabric from Robert Kaufman and then the other day I found some cute chicken fabric from Camelot Cottons. I had a stack of Moda's "boho" 2.5 inch blocks which I added to the mix.

I had the lyrics of Peter, Paul and Mary's song "The Fox" circling in my mind while I was thinking about what to do with these great fabrics.

I've been looking at Yoshiko  Jinzenji's Quilting Line and Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts.  It is a really interesting book. The quilts in the book are quite abstract and for the most part, not something I would make.  But I do like the linear pattern of the quilt on the book's cover.   So that was part of the inspiration for this block.

The lyrics of Peter, Paul and Mary's song start "Oh, The fox went out on a chilly night…"
And two lines near the end of the song:   "…they never had such a supper in their life…And the little ones chewed on the bones-o."

I'm afraid I've bowdlerized the song it a bit in my block!  The fox in his vest looks like a friendly sort and the chicks are safe in a hen house!  I doubt there will be any finger lickin' here!

I really like the skinny linear strip just off center in the block with the 2 rectangular elements balancing each other in the corners.  

I made the skinny patterned strip by sewing 4 of the 2.5 inch blocks together. Then I cut that strip of blocks in half vertically. I added another half a block from that fabric line to the end of the adjacent grey strip.  The other 2 small squares came from my stash.

The finished block is about 12.75 inches square.

Not sure what I'm going to do with it.   But I sure had a lot of fun making it!