Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt- Finale

Another finish is in the books (or on the couch, whatever). Yay! This quilt was made for my cats so they would stop snoozing (and shedding) on my other quilts. I’ll admit that it got a little out of hand as the original plan was a sweet scrappy cat themed quilt. I started looking for cat blocks and was going to use those and then some simple patchwork blocks using cat fabric. But, I went rainbow loco and I love it!Well, I found the perfect cat blocks to represent my two sweet kitties. The Geometric Cat pattern by Quiet Play in my cat’s colors was definitely the best way to start. The pattern is found in Issue 5 of Make Modern Magazine and I grabbed some scrappy prints and went to work.Say hello to Jasper and Gryffin. The next block I decided on was also by Quiet Play and is the Kitty paper pieced pattern. I wanted this one to be Geometric as well so I just drew lines at random spots to make it so. At this point is where I decided to just go all out rainbow so each block is a different color with a coordinating background fabric.The third block is – surprise – a Geometric Little Cat paper pieced block which was also designed by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.Hey, let’s somehow attach them together. I know – Flying geese! Those are paper-pieced as well but the pattern by Quiet Play is currently not available due to an issue on Craftsy. I used the colors in the blocks for the geese but used the opposite color low volume for the background. I really like how they all turned out as they move back and forth to each block in the quilt.The backing was kind of what I thought the front would initially look like with all that cat themed fabric.I adore this binding of little cats peeking around. I probably should have gone a little darker on the binding but I really love this one.The cats are loving it! Jasper jumped up and fell asleep right away.That’s one more Work-in-Progress down. Time to pull another one out and finish that up. Happy Sewing!

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Random Roundup #21

There is a lot of random sewing happening in my world.

Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt:

I was able to complete my cat quilt! Weather hasn’t been good so I need to wait for good sun to take a decent picture but I will leave you with this preview featuring quilt inspector #2 (aka Jasper).

Make Modern Beehive Gallery:

My Teal Fizz quilt top is a part of the Beehive Quilts Gallery article in Make Modern Magazine issue 26. Make Modern is a digital Australian quilt magazine with lots of great patterns and articles. I’m honored to have been asked to be part of this gallery. You can pick up a download of this issue here.

Blues Quilt Challenge:

There is a quilt show coming up locally that will feature blue mini quilts. The challenge is 24×24, predominately blue, 3 layers, stitched together. So, it doesn’t have to be fabric just 3 layers and blue. Information on the Blues Challenge can be found here. Mine will be fabric and I started with a light blue improv pieced heart and a pile of dark blue scraps. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

Stash Enhancement:

I took part in a recent drop on Massdrop for the Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabric line. I was so happy when it arrived. It’s one of my favorite lines and I hadn’t seen all the colors before and they are just spectacular and so sparkly!Current drops include EQ8, La Pass templates for English Paper Piecing, Creative Grid Rulers, and a Rowenta iron. It works like a co-op where as more people commit to buy the price lowers and you can commit to only purchasing if the price reaches its lowest state. I use it a few times a year and have been happy with everything.

Perfect HST Sampler BOM:

I’m participating in the Perfect HST Block of the Month Sampler being held by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. She created some foundation paper piecing templates to aid in achieving perfect half-square triangles. This BOM uses those templates. I’m using this fabric pull of mostly Cotton + Steel Basics with the grey hearts and arrows as the main background fabric.The first block was the Ridgeline Star which used 4 of the darker colors. There are leftover triangle blocks to use for later in the BOM, for some bonus projects, or for whatever I choose. I’m happy with the points on this one so hopefully that will continue through the year as more blocks get created.

New [to me) Toys:

I just picked up this Brother PQ1500SL from a quilt friend that had upgraded. I was just barely leaning into the market for one and could not pass it up. I’m happy so far but I’ve only pieced on it (but I’ve threaded it 3 times 🙂). I think we’re becoming friends. I did not have as much trouble today as I did yesterday. It always takes a little while to get used to a new machine but I’m excited to learn new things and improve my skills!

Anyone headed to QuiltCon next month? It would be great to meet some fellow Quilters and bind over quilting things! Happy sewing!

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Classic Meets Modern Finale

This Block-of-the-month took a lot of planning on my part due to some health issues I was dealing with in 2018. I needed to finish up as many blocks as possible before chemically induced fatigue set in. I got a little behind early on but had a break mid-year where I was able to gain a bit of energy (and my sewing space) back. Once that happened I was able to push through and finish up this quilt top way ahead of deadline. I put together the backing this last weekend and finished this baby up and it’s a beauty!I admit to taking a couple of shortcuts….I did not make the filler blocks of snowballs and flying geese. Instead, I used some focal fabric to substitute for those fillers and one of them actually has flying geese in it so I call that a win.This quilt was made using Alison Glass designed fabric only. It’s rich and saturated with color and dimension and movement. I used a conglomeration of her many different fabric lines and they all work so well together.

The backing was made using the scraps from the individual blocks and then pieced together improv style. I like it just as much as the front which really makes this quilt a reversible throw.I quilted it using a variegated rust from the Aurifil Tula Pink collection and I really like how it looks on these fabrics. The colors are so varied that it was difficult to find a thread color that looked good on all of them but this one fit the bill.The quilting is a V shape echoed from each corner. The binding is a scrappy mix of colors that are the same print. Honestly, I was a little unsure once the binding was made about this choice but it worked out really well as a calming frame to this piece.This BOM was held by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation. The theme was classic quilt blocks using Modern fabrics and interpretations. The layout is also a very modern touch. These blocks can be reused for many different projects. I already have a plan formulated for that X-plus Block pattern.My goal this year is to finish up a bunch of projects that are already in the works. I need to get a ton of quilt tops basted, backed, and bound. It can be done. I have the faith!

Skating Through

I jumped on a daily special sale this week and picked up Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt and the patterns in it are fabulous! There are so many things that I need to make – yes I said need. The first one I chose to do was the Ice Skate Block for a pillow for my step-sister. She skated when we were kids and I have fond memories of hanging out at the ice rink while she practiced.I added the mitten blocks, which is another pattern in that book. One great thing about this book is that there are instructions for both 12″ and 6″ blocks so you can really choose what you want to do to make your design perfect for you.

I couldn’t decide how big I wanted this pillow to be so I played around with placement for a while and ended up adding another Ice Skate to the other side of the mittens. Well, it finally ended up at 14×36. I didn’t have that size form on hand so plan on ordering one tomorrow. I googled ‘pillow forms 30 inch long’ to find out the what sizes were available and that size was the closest to what I had already pieced. I added some borders to bring it up to fit the form. I quilted it in a cross-hatch pattern as I didn’t feel like it needed anything more than that.The backing is something I had on hand from Christmas’ past and worked perfectly with the colors on the skates.I enclosed it with a side zipper and cannot wait to get the form to put inside and make it all fluffy!

Now, the question is…should I keep this for next Christmas or send it as a ‘Just Because’ gift? It’s super cute and I hope she’ll love it!

Bearing Gifts

I started this blog to pull together my two crafty loves – quilting and cross-stitch. And this impromptu Christmas project combines them perfectly!I’d come across the completed cross-stitch (Santa 02 by Lizzie Kate) in my gift closet and wanted to make something with it that was not just a normal framed piece so I thought I would frame it with fabric and make a mini wall quilt. This Santa is just the cutest!I first added the Confetti Star quilt block (by During Quiet Time) to each side of Santa and I loved it but it was a little small and needed more.It grew from there into a 22″ Pillow by adding the Present blocks to the corners to represent the gifts. I drew up a little design – instead of googling a pattern like I normally do – and made it exactly the size I needed. Yay me! Regular piecing on the present itself and I paper-pieced the bow section so I didn’t have to do math on those angles.I let the piece tell me what kind of quilting it needed and it said that the stars needed some green variegated just inside the seams and the ribbon on the presents needed the same type of quilting treatment. I really love how it all came together.The back is, of course, a jolly man bearing gifts.I’m super happy that inspiration hit and this fabulous pillow came to life. It looks awesome with a few of my other Christmas pillows (which wouldn’t be a full and complete look without Santa Dopey keeping watch.)

Candy Wrapped

Another table runner is complete! For this one I used the Bon Bon block from the Quiltblock Cookbook by Amy Gibson.I’ll be honest – this first block had too much red in it and needed a bit more contrast. So, I unpicked those candy stripes and substituted green ones. A much better result was achieved with the green.I added a few more candies and put it all together into a table runner. And, that candy stripe? I used it for the binding. Can we all just agree that a striped binding is everything?A sweet gingerbread cookie backing and this runner was complete! I’ve added it to the list of items that are in the running for my guild Christmas Dirty Santa Swap. I have a few more ideas but am getting a little low on time so we’ll see what else I can get done before that meeting.

Happy Sewing!

Tree Table Topper

I’ve started my Christmas sewing and it was looking super festive on my cutting table this weekend.I had this plan in my head for a Christmas Tree table runner and I was inspired by a particular pattern as I was lounging on the couch under a Block of the Month quilt that I had made. The inspiration block just happened to be the December block and was a tree theme. I thought it would look awesome in red, green, and white and went digging through my sewing room for the pattern.

Turned out that it was from the Sugar Block Club from 2016 that Stitchery Dickory Dock had put on. I found the pattern, made some copies for paper piecing, and got some fabrics together that would work for my plan.I was already super happy with it at this point and knew I had to keep going. The plan was for 3 blocks with sashing to create a decent sized table runner. I had recently purchased a Christmas fabric that would work really well for some fussy cutting in between the sashing.The end result is so much better than I had envisioned.I bordered it in the snowflake fabric with a small red border in between and it just brings the whole thing together. I quilted 1″ spaced lines in a V shape from the outside to the center snowflake.I had the perfect amount of this Christmas Tree fabric in my stash to use for the backing and you just can’t go wrong with a polka dot binding.Now, I need to decide if I need to keep it or if it can be gifted in one way or another. I have a few more Christmas sewing ideas in mind so I may just wait until I have everything done before I decide it’s fate.

I’ve also decided that I need to use this pattern to make a large Christmas quilt and have already put some fabric aside to do so. I really love it!I hope everyone is having as much fun prepping for the holidays as I am. Happy Sewing!