If you are a cat person, do you let your cat on the table? We no longer have cats in the house, but when we did it seemed no matter how hard I tried to prevent it the bad kitty would jump up there when I wasn't looking. Well today I am sharing with you 8 cats that are definitely allowed on the table!
For Christmas Lydia and I made cat placemats for Aunt Brenda and Uncle Dave. We used the pattern called Happy Cat Placemat by Country Appliques. I didn't follow the pattern exactly because the whiskers are supposed to be pieced on differently so that you can slide silverware and a napkin under them, but time was running out before Christmas, and I just did a little zigzag stitch and made them that way.
Lydia helped me select fabric. We tried to choose fabrics that looked like real cats (kind of), and some of them are supposed to represent our real pet cats. We included our own family cats - our orange boy Butterscotch and Lydia's best friend Green Kitty. She did a lot of cutting until her hand was sore. It was fun for her to use big-girl sewing scissors! I fused the pieces on and did a little button hole stitch around them.
That's a lot of cats!! If you are lucky enough to be invited to Aunt Brenda's house for dinner, be sure to request the kitty placemats!
I forgot to take a picture of the back, but they are all backed with a cat newspaper print fabric called Kitty Chronicles from Timeless Treasures which makes these even more fun.
Look out, world - We have a new sewist! Lydia got her very own sewing machine from Grandma and Pap Pap for Christmas. We are going to go sew something as soon as I finish up this blog post.
Today I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!
On My Design Floor Today
Many quilters have a design wall. I have a design floor. It's definitely not ideal, but it works. My work in progress for sharing today is this quilt I am piecing. The fabrics are a collection of men's shirts, and the pattern I am using is "Caught In A Web" from the book Sizzlin' Sixties from Anka's Treasures.
I'll give more details on this quilt in a week or two when I get it done. All of my projects right now are almost-finished Christmas gifts. I'm going to keep them a secret for now. Hopefully I can get this top together soon so my family doesn't have to walk around it too much longer.
I bet I'm not the only one scrambling to finish up some gifts! Check out some other WIPs over at Freshly Pieced.
Next blog post will probably be December 26. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
My Week in Quilting
I recently met a new client, Terry, and finished and delivered this quilt to her this week. Terry is new to quilting, and this is only her second quilt. She did beautiful work! I don't know the specific name of the pattern she followed, but I would call this a Carpenter's Wheel. It is one nice big block with borders added around it. The bright colors and design make this a gorgeous baby quilt.
I quilted edge to edge with a meander in white thread. I like the simple quilting to allow the piecing and colors to really shine on this one.
Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Terry!
I am now working on my mom's Christmas quilt. I am using the pantograph Holly Berries. She wanted some shiny gold thread, as most of the fabrics in the quilt have metallic gold in them, and it is really looking good, especially on the red solid fabric. You can't quite appreciate the gold in this photo, but trust me, it's really pretty.
Today I'm linking up again with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
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Today I finished quilting four table runners. I had a lot of fun doing my own custom quilting on each one. It was great practice, and I'm so happy with how they look. I just need to bind them.
I mentioned some of this a couple of posts ago, but again
Pattern: Little Charmers III by Heather Mulder Peterson, Anka's Treasures
Fabric: 2 charm packs of Be Jolly by Deb Strain for Moda, separated into 4 different color combos.
Thread: I quilted with Aurifil white, but on the aqua table runner I used a light aqua thread on top.
Now for pictures of each one...
I haven't been able to get many good photos with natural light the last few days, it has been rainy and dreary here. So sorry these are not very bright and clear. And finally, here's the back of one.
I am going to work hard to get the binding done and put them in my Etsy shop ASAP.
I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I hope you got to do some sewing today! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see what I'm working on.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!