Epic Cat Quilt – phase 1

I’ve decided the cats need a quilt of their own.  It’s really a selfish decision as I’m tired of having an extra dose of cat hair on the ones that I use.  So, I’m planning to make a scrap-only quilt using cat fabrics or cat inspired blocks.  

First up is the Geometric Kitty block by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  This pattern was included in the Mini Quilt extra bonus edition of Make Modern Magazine and also in Issue 5 which you can buy separately.  I wanted the colors to represent my two cats.  First up was Jasper – an orange tabby.  Here is his likeness in a partially completed state.Next up is his brother – Gryffin.  Gryffin is a grey tabby with brown undercoat.  His likeness came out like this.To get them to be a mirror image of each other, I traced the pattern lines on the back side of the paper it was printed on.  The pattern is foundation paper-pieced so it was easy enough to accomplish.  Together they look amazing!It’s a bit difficult to get a pic of the cats together so this is the best I could do……See what I mean about them sleeping on human intended quilts. Anyway – I have a few more patterns picked out.  There are more geometric kitties (seated ones), the Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman, and some others that I located online.  This will probably be a long term project and I will only be using fabric that I already have.  I like the low volume backgrounds on the first two blocks so will continue in that vein for the rest of the blocks.  I will choose fabric as I go so that color selection will really depend on my mood that day.  It’s going to be fun seeing it come together.  Then I will puzzle piece it together at the end.  I’m excited to keep going on this one.
Please share any exciting project s you are working on.  Inspiration is everywhere.  Happy Sewing!

Also – I’m still raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – please use this link to donate. 

 St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer

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More Pineapples!

My handmade holiday is already in full swing and I’m on staycation this week so I would expect more finishes to fill this space soon.  I’m excited for holiday and gift sewing!  

First up – a Mini Pineapple Quilt for my niece.She asked for something to put on the wall in her first solo bedroom in their new home.  She wanted mint green and coral and she loved that pineapple pillow I made a few weeks back.  She is my favorite youngest niece so I just had to oblige.  

I used the Pineapple Farm pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and offset the pineapples to add a little interest.  I like the little fussy cutting on the blue fronds of a couple of those bunnies and it looks great with them peeking around.  The quilting was corner to corner so was not quite on a 45 degree angle for this 16×20 mini quilt but created a nice horizontal diamond pattern.I bound it using the metallic gold dots on the mint green fabric to bring it all together and I added some hanging triangles and will send it to her with the dowel to help her hang it straight.I may send it home with her Grandma this week as my niece has also put in a request for a computer sleeve for her laptop.  So, I could give one now and hold the other for Christmas or her birthday.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

I’m currently participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer so please click on the link (St Jude donation) to donate to this worthy cause.  St. Jude is a leader in cancer research and treatment.  No patient pays for any treatment, lodging, or food while under their care.  Thanks!

Have you started your holiday projects yet?  Planning them is so much fun.  Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #20

Pouches!

My local guild is having a pouch swap.  It’s a three-way secret swap (and I’m going to post about it anyway…)  I make something for someone, they make something for someone else, and someone makes something for me.  I’ve been picking out fabric in my head and trying to figure out pouch patterns to use.  I wanted to make a smaller version of the Sew Together Bag.  By smaller, I mean less pockets but just as cute and functional.  I tried to make some adjustments myself but just ended up with a short and skinny version.  I really like it so it’s still in the running to give away in this swap.  The pockets may not be deep enough for much though so I’ll still look at other options.One of those options is this Foldover Pouch by Aneela Hoey.  So stinkin’ cute and useful!  It’s got a pincushion, a needle book, a scissor pocket, and a clear vinyl zipper section to keep stuff contained.This one is definitely in the running and I love this Cotton + Steel bird print. It’s so fun!She also has another pattern that I’m thinking about stitching up.  It’s an All-in-One Box Pouch.  It is a large box pouch with a fold down opening with storage on the front and two slip pockets on the back.  I’ve got time.  Our swap isn’t complete until our October meeting. There’s lots of time for making and choosing.  I’ll keep what I don’t give.  I don’t think you can ever have too many pouches.  Or, I can save one until our guild’s Christmas gift swap.  That’s also a great option. Hmmm….

Stash Enhancement:

I am part of the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric club hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics.  So, I get all the basics in all the colorways that were released this year.  It contains Dottie, Add it Up, Netorious, and Sprinkle.  All such good blenders.  I couldn’t pass up the limited time entry earlier this year.  We’re in month 2 and I’m still delighted with what I received and it was a good price.  This one is closed but they have other clubs available so go take a look.I’m off to ponder the next pouch I’m going to make.  I love the planning in my head part!  Happy Sewing!

Pillow Party

I’ve been quilting non-stop for the last few weeks.  So, after quilting and quilting and quilting my life away I needed to piece something small and fun.  The Dogs in Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman was just perfect.  It’s small and cute and fun.This pillow will be a gift for my mom for Christmas.  Yep, I’ve already started my Christmas sewing.  She has two dachshunds and recently commented about needing a pillow to use on her recliner.  This definitely fits the bill.  

The pattern for the single dog went together really quickly.  I swear the cutting took longer than the sewing.  The woodgrain print was just perfect for the ears and tail.  It’s exactly as I envisioned it when I was pulling the fabric.  I made it into a pillowcase to make it easier for her to remove for washing.Then I made another pillow and chose another Elizabeth Hartman pattern for it.  This time it was Pineapple Farm.  I needed something to use on my couch so chose to make only three pineapples and placed them side by side rather than offset like in the pattern.  And I used my favorite colors!  Love it!I tried a different closure technique and it needs some tweaking but I love the way it looks anyway.  The text fabric is from Meriwether by Amy Gibson and adds just a touch of sweet charm to this pillow.I love both of these pillows and it was such a great break from all that quilting.My niece has now requested a pineapple mini quilt for her bedroom wall in their new place.  She chose mint green and coral and I like how the top looks.  I think it will work perfectly.  I’ll post more about that one when it’s complete.  She won’t get it until Christmas so that checks one more off the list.  Yay!I still have some works-in-progress to finish up so there is more quilting to come.  And then all those handmade gifts for the holidays to get started on.  It’s going to be a busy fall.  Happy Sewing!

Cross it off

Another quilt finish!  I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done.  This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year.  My previous progress is documented here.  It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and  lots of improv happening here.  From the crosses to the borders.  I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out!  I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges.  The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.

I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints.  It framed it beautifully!  Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.

Stash Enhancement:

Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House.  I had to have it before it goes away.  I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!

I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.

Happy Sewing!

Sugar Block Club 3.0

I’ve been working on finishing up some long standing works-in-progress.  One of those is from the Sugar Block Club 3.0 by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I finished the top a short while back and just needed to baste and quilt it.  Well, lets check those two tasks off the list!  Done and done!My color palette was taken from the floral background fabric which included berry, moss, and teal.  I set the colors off with some low volumes from my stash.  I like how all the colors play so nicely together and look at those Mirror Dots shine!I used a wood grain like quilting motif inspired by the Gentle Curves section of the book Walk by Jacquie Gering.  I like her term of Forward Motion Quilting to describe using your walking foot and not having to stick to straight line quilting.  There are so many options available to those of us that do not yet have those free-motion quilting skills.The backing consists of what I had remaining of the floral and an additional pattern that I found in my stash that carried the theme forward.  I took an Instagram poll and the overall winner was the berry for the binding.  I was pretty close to out of any of the berry that I used in the quilt top but found this Rhoda Ruth fabric in my stash that was the perfect color to frame this beauty.I’ve got another old WIP awaiting some binding so back to it I go.

Happy Sewing!

Straight to the Finish

I’ve made a ton of progress on finishing quilts this year.  I want to make sure to finish a bunch of current works-in-progress to help clear up the clutter in my sewing room.  One of those from the basting session I had a few weeks back is the Triple Barnstar quilt pattern by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  She had it on Craftsy a few years back as a quilt kit that contained Birch Farm fabric by Joel Dewberry.  It’s super pretty but not quite my style – and there’s so much white (we’ll get back to that later).  But I persevered and got it finished.  A great friend of mine just bought her first house and I decided this would make a wonderful housewarming gift for her and her family.  They got the keys last week and that’s the kind of deadline that gets things done!

During the journey to finish this quilt, I was trying to decide what to do with all the white space.  I knew the quilting would show no matter what color thread I used so I needed a bit more precision than I normally go with.  I’d already decided on triangle shaped lines to bring out those side triangles.  I then remembered that I got a Hera Marker for Christmas and had not yet used it to help mark quilts.  I tend to go rogue and just do what I feel and call it organic rather than precise straight lines.  I used the Hera Marker in the white sections to score straight lines at even intervals that I could then stitch over to get some crisp and straight quilting lines.The end product really shows how well this worked for me.  I never sew this straight.  It was amazing!I bound it with the Chicken Coop print in all 4 colorways and backed it with the remaining fabric from the kit.I can’t wait to wash this one and get it all crisp and crinkly!

As a funny aside – I did have to unquilt and unpiece one corner once I realized it was not facing the correct direction. I just couldn’t live with it that way and it would have messed up my quilting design for those corners.  I found it when I went to quilt the corner.  But, as you saw in the final quilt, I was able to fix it with minimal damage since it was on the corner and easy to get to.

I finished two other quilts as well but I’ll show those another time.  I bought more batting so I’m now ready for another round of basting.  Many more quilts in that work-in-progress pile to tackle.

Happy Sewing!