Thursday, May 10, 2012

More Cats, More Quilts...


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. 

5 comments:

Susan said...

cute kitty, and good looking free motion quilting

Nancy said...

WOW, Nancy I love this one....Simon says to tell you that it reminds him of a gal he once knew...It must have been in his dreams as he's never been around any cats..

Great job on your machine quilting.....You definitely have mastered that task....

sonja said...

love the cat on quilts! reminds of a cat that owned me for 19 years.
be well, sonja

Robbie said...

I think you hit upon it...the temperature/time you use to adhere the fusible makes a difference. If the fusible isn't adhered totally, you might find some 'gumming' up. As you said, it's not that major of an issue but can be annoying! Love your little cat quilts!! So very cute!!!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

OH MY Nancy!!! W-a-y too cool kitties!! The polka dot is FABULOUS!!

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