Monday, February 20, 2017

Feathers on a Cat

I couldn't resist adding feathers to the cat.  Now that I"ve figured out how to do them, they are a quick fill, and I was aiming for these circles to be spots.
For the lower 2 sections, I followed the print, filling in with leaves and swirls in the blank spots.   The upper section has nice flow with the paisley fill.
To add some textural variation, I went for some brick work to have a more linear element.

I think I've figured out my plan for the cat face, a mix of hand and machine quilting.
But I may need a couple weeks to sort out some of the variations I've considered for the  background quilting.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Big Cat Quilting

It was a challenge finding a place to lay out this 108x80 cat in order to sandwich it.  

I have the teal sections ditched using the walking foot, and now I'm moving on to FMQ.
For these first 2 sections, I'm trying to follow the printed pattern.  For the section above, that does mean adding some extra bits to fill the blank spaces.  This will likely take some time as the spaces are pretty big.  And I'm still deciding on some fills to add more textural interest.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Teal Cat progress

Like many of my UFO's, this one was shelved due to unplanned difficulties.  First was the fish, which I tried to match to the orginal mathmatically ended up half again as big as the original. So now they are salmon instead of sardines.  I realized that I had also miscalulated the pale purple background.  By about 3 yards.

I recently found a lavendar batik in the stash that I bought since the original purchase that coordinates nicely.  But even it was a bit short.

I tore 6" off the right side and spliced this piece to finish out the background.
The original plan involved sewing all the fish first then adding the cat.  But in the end, to get things to work out I will need to juggle a 100" x 80" for applique.   Fortunately, it's fast / non-fussy stitching so it shouldn't be too bad.  

This design was from Jenn Ski's Mid-centry Modern Animals coloring book.  Go check out her blog!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flashback: Columbine

As I was traveling through Utah, I had this quilt returned to me.  I don't think that I ever posted it here on the blog.   It was designed to be 4 different views of the Columbine flower done as reverse applique.  It was designed to be part of a class series that I was to teach in West Yellowstone in 2010.  For some reason, I couldn't make it to the retreat so I didn't teach the class.  I had also made some of these patterns in yellow and red.  Not sure what ever happened to those versions.  The patterns were printed and kits at least considered.  My friend Anna designs quilts for a shop in West, but the owner was never convinced that this pattern would sell, so she returned the quilt to me this weekend.
I still like it. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Midcentury Bigass Teal Cat

Big Ass Cat #2 body.  Years delayed due to a design glitch I just recently worked out.
A face that not only a mom could love.  Mid-century Modern cat with an alien vibe.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mosaic Finished

My test mosaic piece finished at 15" x 19".  I'm really glad I talked myself into a test drive.  This would be a horrible, miserable thing the way I had imagined it.  The iron on fuseable did not stay stuck down once the piece was being handled for quilting.  Not all the pieces mind you, just every 12 pieces popped off.  And the ones for which I no longer had a scrap of that fabric to replace it. 

So I can cross that mental image off my to-do list and refocus on the dozens of UFOs I already have. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tumbleweed Finish

Technically, I'm not completely finished as I stopped the binding process because I noticed that the light was perfect for taking some pictures of the quilting details.  Good thing I did as the sun went behind a cloud before I got to the full quilt view above.  In case you haven't seen the other posts about it, it is an improv quilt using up the scraps from the Desert Rose. The batting is cotton.  Backing muslin. Fabrics were NOT pre-washed to optimize texture from shrinkage.

About 1/4 way through McTavishing, I regretted the choice.  I like the motion and texture that it adds, but I think it detracts from the motifs it was supposed to show off.  After washing, however, it does highlight the squares.

 All that fuss for this motif, which isn't as noticeable as I would like.  It was totally worth the extra time I took to hand-quilt that inner fill.  In the real world, the texture difference is awesome.
 I really like these 4 fills.  The pebbles really pop, the brickwork is nice texture.  And the feathers.  I finally got them right!
I spent a lot of time fretting over this section.  In the end, I think it turned out really well, with just the right amount of variation in size & texture with the diamonds and pebbles.  The micro-feathers on the top green/brown was just nuts.  No regrets.
 I love these square flowers.  And that I could relax and not worry about perfect  lines on the dark green.  The paisley fill is one of the easiest for me to do and it adds a nice flow-ey feel.

The double leaf on the green/cream is hard to see but it was a new one for me and easy one to pull off.  Love the pebble stem and the wonky leaves.

My quilting theme for 2017 is Surprise Gifts and this is the first to be done with a plan to give it to the unsuspecting recipient sometime in the next few months.