I originally thought that I would quilt this with an all-over meander, but once I got the quilt on the machine I decided to try something else... Horizontal and Vertical squiggly lines in each of the sections. And it turned out to be a good exercise for me... I got accustomed to staying within the area of each block (better towards the end than the beginning), I got practice on how to get myself from one section to another (quilt in the ditch), and I found out I can't talk to Megan while trying to focus on the quilt (there's a little flub in there somewhere.)
I also changed my mind on the binding... I had a good bit of leftover backing, so I used it for the binding also. Waste not, want not - right?!?
Quilt Fabric (top, back & binding): Indie by Art Gallery
Pattern: based on Busy Bee pattern by Villa Rosa Designs
September goal posted here
My 40th birthday is in 6 months... 6 months from yesterday in fact. And I've decided I'm going to make myself something for my birthday... a cat quilt!
I got started with my first block last night. How cute is he?!?
So over the next 6 months I'll be popping in from time to time with a cat block or two to share. And maybe a mouse or a few more goldfish too.
If you know of any great cat block patterns, please share them with me. And if you'd like to help make my 40th birthday cat quilt even more special, I'd love to add in a few cat blocks made by friends.
I've run across a couple of really cute fish quilts in blog-land recently. And in my usual over-excited way, I decided that I MUST MAKE ONE RIGHT NOW!
I tracked down the pattern and got to planning. It went something like this:
Fish: Scrappy (of course!) Background: something white, but not solid white... maybe something with a bit of a print... hmmmm... oh, I know what would be PERFECT... but I don't have any in my stash... and it is out of print... let's see what Etsy has... oh, there it is... and on sale... okay, I'll get a yard... oh, but maybe I'll need 2 yards... well for this price I might as well get 3 yards...
And with my finger over the BUY button I suddenly had a flash... how many of those teeny-tiny fish would I have to make for a decent-size quilt?
See, I have a rather short attention span when it comes to projects. I love planning them... picking out the perfect materials... the excitement of something new! But then the excitement wears off, and I'm on to the next project. Any wonder why I have so many UFOs?
So as a compromise I decided to make just a couple of fish. I printed off 3 pages - enough for 6 fish. If I LOVED it, I could always jump in and make a whole school of fish. And if I didn't love it so much, well then I'd have a few more blocks for my Kitchen Sink quilt.
Last night I made 2 fish while killing time waiting for the Sons of Anarchy season premier to start.
They are adorable! But you know what... I think I'm done.
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