Monday, October 6, 2014

Making Cats

I can't seem to leave this new quilt, Jacks and Cats, alone! Today I was just going to cut out all the white smiles, when before I knew it I had all eight cat heads cut out as well:


Then I thought I may as well choose colours for the noses:


And, since I was that far, I should probably glue baste them together before I put them away:


Now I can sew the features down at my leisure, and backstitch the teeth.

The hand dyed felted wools are from Wooly Lady. The colours are beautifully saturated but still luminous. The fabric feels like blanketing, lighter than other felted wools I've tried, and a little fluffy after washing. The freezer paper patterns stayed on well, though. Overall, I am very pleased with them!

I also spent most of yesterday sorting and cutting fabrics for the wonky nine patches that go between the faces. It's been mind-boggling trying to keep it all balanced (but wonky!), and I don't think I'll know for sure how it's working until I start piecing.

I'm really enjoying the wide variety of fabrics and techniques on this project -- machine sewing, felt applique, and some hand applique still to come. It's keeping me motivated!

7 comments:

  1. this looks such fun and can understand why you keep going on it, I am sure Jack is going to love it

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  2. Great that it is enticing you along. Seems to me this us a really good sign of a great project. Looking forward to seeing the next stage.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I was going to do something else today, but now I am wavering...

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  3. It's looking good. How fun to be so motivated by a project! At this rate, you'll have it done by Hallowe'en. Don't you just love these kinds of quilts?

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    1. Yes indeed! I'm making no time commitments, but it certainly has helped that I had everything ready to go in my stash. Maybe a large stash isn't such a bad thing after all!

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  4. I can see why these would be addictive. Love the little bit I have done with wool felt over that nasty cheap acrylic stuff in packs you can get. There is just something about wool......mind now wandering off lol. Seriously, love them and cant wait to see more on it.

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! They are coming together well now. Wool applique is just so cute! Hopefully it won't be too long before the next post on this one. :)

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