Friday 27 October 2017

Whimsical Cats

Hi there,

I need to say up front that I only quilted this quilt, I didn't piece it. My friend did that very cleverly putting her centre shape onto a thin piece of poplin or similar as a foundation piece. She then added strips of various widths around the shape (a great stash buster), trimmed them back to 12", sashed the blocks and voila, a great piece of whimsy for her sister's birthday. But she didn't think she had quite enough time or perhaps bravery to quilt it. So I put my hand up.

We agreed on the yellow border and then away I went. It did grow a little heavy on my domestic, but it was also great fun
The cats come in as several of the blocks have cats as their centre piece.
You can see the two in the bottom right square and also the one with the arched back in the top left square. 
The challenge with quilting on a domestic machine as opposed to a long arm, is that it's best to start in the centre to ensure that you don't create wrinkles on the back. So I don't have the luxury of beginning on one side and going across. I simply roll it up, put some in the throat space and some over my shoulder and away we go. 
An all over stipple is the main quilting, but I included some hearts, spirals and feathers occasionally. 
It's both challenging and very rewarding to have something like this done - hoping the recipient likes it and having the pleasure of doing it too. 
Since my friend is away on holiday at present, she's only seen these photos too, not the quilt in the fabric - so to speak, so we'll see how that goes soon. 
It's a really interesting and effective technique putting the blocks together, so I may have to try this myself in the future. For now though, its on to quilting one of my own. 

Quilt Stats

Block size: 12"
Quilt Size: 62" x 75" (binding still to be added)
Wadding: Poly/cotton blend
Thread: Top - Embroidery silk; bobbin - Superior. 

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. The yellow was just the right choice for the border on this fun, bright quilt!