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 :)