If you have read my blog at all you can probably tell I love cats. I was browsing pinterest or instagram and I found this post (picture links to post):
I loved it! I love how there are so many kitties, the colors, all of it. So I did some searching and I found Better off thread, who made the pattern herself with partial seams. I do not like partial seams. So I went to recreate it myself.
This is just a test block, if I were really going to make a quilt of them I would add quite a few more!
So for each CAT you need:
4.5" square (body)
3" x 4.5" rectangle (head)
2 - 1.75" x 4.5" rectangles (legs)
2 - 2" squares (ears)
2 - 2" x 4.5" rectangle background - for legs and ears.
4.5 square background for space without a kitty.
To start you take one 2 x 4.5" rectangle, and two 2" squares and sew from one corner to the other.
Then you need to trim the excess off (if this was any bigger I probably would have saved them, but not this size.
Then take the 3 x 4.5 rectangle and sew it to the ears.
Sorry this one is on its side!
Take the two 1.75" x 4.5" rectangles and sew them together with the background in the middle.
This is where having a design wall would come in handy. I wasn't planning on making this much bigger so my cutting board worked well.
I sewed it together by rows. So I pressed opposite directions for each row.
And voila! Finished kitties. I think I will eventually make a full quilt out of this! After I get through everything else I have to finish ;)
When I went home last my grandmother showed me something. It was a quilt that her mom (my great grandmother had made). It was LOVELY!!
I liked the fabrics here.
And anything purple tickles my fancy!
Her points were spot on!
And here is a shot of the full quilt! I love the colors on the diagonal! I posted in a quilting group on facebook, and I was told this was called periwinkle or hummingbird. I did find a few similar patterns. I think once I am done with my bow tie quilt I am going to make my own periwinkle quilt. Granted mine will be slightly different than my great grandmas. Hers was all sewn by hand. I will be doing mine by machine.
I was so excited to find out my great grandma had made this because I am a first generation quilter. My mom sewed a little (I have clothes she made my sisters and I when we were younger). My grandma used her machine for mending, but that was the extent of it. To find a quilt that my great grandma made means the world to me. I guess there might have been more but when my grandma was younger there was a flood at their house and they lost a lot.
I greatly dislike this time of year. I don't have as much time to sew as I would like. I could go to sit n stitch on Tuesdays, but I have so much school work to do I am at school late, and then I don't have energy for the drive down there (and the prep it takes Monday night). So I haven't been able to sew a lot, I have been working on a few things, but they are Christmas presents, so I cannot share them just yet.
But I can share this! I have a little rowenta that I have had forever. Well technically I have only had that one for about three years. Because I'd bought the same model when the first one died. Well the second one died. I figured since I had a bigger ironing pressing board I should get a grown up iron. I went to a few different stores, read some reviews online and decided to get this one. It's a black and decker, and it does have auto off, which kind of annoys me, but heats up quickly.
I am definitely loving it so far!! Bring on the quilt blocks :)
With my new sewing room I had my ironing board in a different place.
I have had this since 2001 when I went to college. I recovered it in 2010, and it still has that fabric on it, but it's quite dingy. Where I had put it was kind of behind my chair so I could turn around to use it. But it was just slightly longer than the table I used.
(I put it right next to the purple drawers). Since it was longer than the table, occasionally the chair would bump into it, and move the ironing board and often times knock over my iron! I found a tutorial make your own pressing board, and I have seen many tutorials, but it was never necessary for me to use one. Since I needed one now, I found a tutorial online.
I couldn't find the sound board that she talked about. But found this pressed plywood, which is three layers of plywood with something between it. So I sanded it. My husband wanted me to use two types of sanding, a courser and finer ones.
I was in a hotel when I did this (glad I did since it was messy and big!) batting and top laid out.
Here it is laid out in my room! yes I still use my tiny iron.
Minnie LOVES it!! I love that she is able to sit there while I iron. She's not in my way. I can also fit a 12" block on it!! (I could barely do that on my other one). I LOVE this so much!!!