Monday, February 27, 2017

More Quilting on Cat

I took the path of least resistance and just followed the patterns on the fabrics for the quilting on the cat forhead.

I am hand quilting the lower part of the cat face to add some extra texture.

I'm not a big fan of stippling, but I thought it was just right for the inner part of the cat's ears.

The big chore, though, is the background.  I am doing this fill on the upper, right hand section.  I was inspired by a sampler by Jodi Robinson where she showed several variations using one of her templates.  My version is double hers in size (6") and I am alternating 3 variations with dots, squares and open for texture variety.

Because I am FMQ this on my domestic machine, it means that all my stitching lines need to be drawn on first rather than any kind of ruler work.  This is my 3rd time using the Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers.  I've had no problem with the lines washing away.  And the variety of colors work well on different background colors.

I'm now about 1/2 done with the sections I've marked, and am waiting to be inspired on what fills to use for the other sections.  60 square feet of quilt is a lot of quilting!

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.