If one cat quilt is fun, why not double the fun and make another? After finishing the wallhanging shown in the previous post, I needed to make yet another cat quilt. That's because my original intent for "Live, Love, Laugh... and Feed the Cat" was using it as a donation for the silent auction. We're having one as part of the Country Road Quilters' upcoming show this fall. But I got to liking the quilt so much, I couldn't part with it! So while thumbing through a quilt magazine on a recent bus trip, I spotted the pattern for this quilt... "This Flower is for You!"... and decided it was perfect for the silent auction.
The pattern is from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, the Jan/Feb 2003 issue. It's a nice size (about 19" x 23"), and makes use of fusible applique. The pieces are buttonhole stitched to secure them, and the project is machine quilted. By me. I find I'm improving in this department, and small projects like this one boost my confidence in free-motion quilting.
Isn't this just typical cat behavior though? And I love the expression on kitty's face! This time was the first that I got a very slight build-up of adhesive on the machine needle while completing the buttonhole stitch on the pieces. I used Wonder Under, and have not had this happen in the past. It didn't cause a problem, and I changed the needle to machine quilt. But I did notice. I'm wondering if the iron temperature while fusing might have made a difference. Have you experienced this? Wonder Under is still my fusible of choice for fabric projects though. I find it to be light-weight, easy to use, and it produces flexible pieces so there's no "boardy" feel to the quilt.