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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WIPs on Wednesday

I have the Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt sashed and ready for a border…



That’s not a great picture but it’s hard to get a good, straight-on photo when it’s on the floor. Anyway, I have the border fabric ready to cut and then add to the quilt top. Sometime today I hope to get this loaded on the longarm frame, then get it quilted by the weekend. I really would like to get this sent off to my daughter next week.

Other than that, I will spend some time in the kitchen today, do some more crochet on the sunflower afghan, and then start getting things ready for a Ronald McDonald House Quilts Sit & Sew on Sunday afternoon and a quilting class in a couple of weeks. Much to do! I hope you have a great Wednesday!

Linking up with:
WOW! WIPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Blog
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pretty as a Picture

This year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I have been making the blocks for the Kittens quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.



I have had such fun making these blocks. I am so looking forward to getting them into a quilt top.

While making these blocks, I am also using fabrics to represent the cats I’ve had over the years (there have been quite a few!) For September’s color orange, I have made a block to represent our only current kitty, Miss G…



Love her to pieces! Anyway, yesterday I cut out the fabric for three orange Kittens blocks and I pieced the one for Miss G…



Pretty good likeness…sort of!! I probably should have added black fabric to the side of her face with the black ear, but I’m happy with it. Miss G has yellow eyes, so I cut out some yellow fabric then colored in her pupils with my trusty Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric. I may end up doing some thread work on her eyes with black thread when it comes time to quilt this one.

I went through the remaining colors for 2017, and the cats I want to depict, and I got the fabrics selected and the background fabric cut out. I plan on this quilt finishing up at 25 blocks – 5 across and 5 down. I will have made a total of 26, and the “not so pretty Kitty” is going on the back…



I have some orange fabric to remake this particular Kitten block, so we’ll see how that turns out soon.

This week I also finished up a project from the 2015 RSC…cats again…



You can read more about it in this post. It’s good to get a UFO completed!


I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some lovely orange projects!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rainbows from the Past

While sorting through my sewing “stuff” a couple of weeks ago, I came across some old Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects that I thought I had tossed because I couldn’t find them. One of the projects is these mini paper-pieced Rainbow Cats…



I had not done an orange cat for September’s RSC yet, so I went ahead and made one…



Then I decided that I will just add another block to this set and make a small 9 block wall hanging. And since I really liked the fabric, I made this green one…



So here are the 9 blocks ready to go.



The blocks measure 4 inches (finished), so I added some sashing and got it all put together into a 16-inch top…



The sashing is a bit light, and the shelves/windowsills the cats are sitting on get a little lost in the sashing since they are so close in color, but I’m calling it done anyway. Also…yes, the paper piecing is different on a few of the cats. I played with it a bit to see if I could make better use of my fabric with the paper piecing, but it turns out that the original piecing directions really worked best.

I drew on some faces with my Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric pen, and then hot fixed some yellow-ish crystals for the eyes. Here are some close-ups…




Since I had gone this far with it, I sandwiched it and started quilting it. I did some straight-line quilting in the sashing and borders with the walking foot, then switched to free motion quilting around the cats in each block. On Wednesday I finished up the quilting, added a binding, and stitched that down while waiting for hubby to get home from his business trip. Now, this UFO is a Finished Project.



Here is the backing – those are paw prints. 



And here is the label…



I just fused and fussy cut some scrap cat fabric I had. For small projects like this (and some large quilts) I usually just write on the back with a pen for the label. This backing was too dark to write on, so I found this light-colored cat to use as a label.

Call this one DONE! It’s nice to have a UFO, no matter how small, off my to-do list.

I will be linking up with:
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brrr…

It’s looking a little bit like winter. I pieced Block 5 for I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long…



Once I got the piecing done, I had to figure out how I was going to add the rest of the details. I decided some hand stitching was in order, so I couched down his arms, gave him some wool mittens, and added buttons from my grandmother’s button box…



The snowflake on his hat is just a plastic trim. I can’t really attach it because it won’t hold up to washing, etc. once the quilt is complete. But, this photo will help to remind me to quilt in a snowflake later when the time comes. I still haven’t made a decision on whether or not he will get a nose. I need to see if there are any other buttons that might fit there.

That’s about it from here. I’ve just been doing bits and bobs around the house this week, and I canned 10 half pints of green tomatoes yesterday. I have at least 10 more to do tomorrow, then the garden will be just a memory for this year.

I will be linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. Head over for some great projects, and have a great Wednesday!