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December 18, 2015

Cat Bullet

Circles in/on circles

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 5:13 am

So, the new project.

My previous quilt was straight lines and bright colors, so I decided to try circles and more muted/brownish colors for this one.

I had originally intended to do inset/seamed circles, with pattern pieces made with freezer paper, similar to how I put the previous one together. But, before I committed to a whole project this way, I decided to test it out first.

Good idea.

Here is my circle pattern piece with seam allowance (blue) and the background into which I was planning to insert it.

trial circle, pre-insertion

I carefully cut the circle out of the inset, clipped the seam allowances and then stitched it up. The result?
Ummmmm… Not so circular…

not a circular circle

From a technique standpoint, this was very difficult with a disappointing result. I did like the way that the circle kind of floated above the background fabric, but it just didn’t look very nice.

So, the next one I tried ironing the seam allowance to the wrong side of the blue circle. Once that was creased, I used some fusible to stick it down on the background and hand stitched the edges down.

The result? No picture (sorry), but it was better than the first attempt. It still had uneven points and flat spots around the supposedly circular edge.

My last trial was to cut a freezer paper circle and iron it to the wrong side of the fabric. Then I cut a generous (more than a quarter inch, but less than a half inch) seam allowance and ran a double line of basting stitches around the edge. These served as gathering threads and I was able to carefully pull the seam allowance to the back side in an even fashion and then steam/press it into submission. This proved to be the most successful technique and was the one that I chose to carry forward with.

Here is a photo of some of the pieces with their drawstrings…
drawstrings, at the ready

Here is how it looks after the strings have been drawn and the seam allowance severely pressed to the back (before the freezer paper was removed).
edges drawn up and pressed

Here is the final piece, ready to be appliqued onto the background:
Ready to applique

Pay no attention to the notches/irregular parts of the circle – this quilt is designed to have circles floating on top of other circles, and those sections are where “higher up” circles will be installed.

Now I am using my beloved Perle cotton to hand embroider along the seam lines and around the edges of the circles. This is taking a long time, but is a very relaxing and enjoyable process.

So, that is where we stand for now. Further updates as events happen. Hopefully, the big “reveal” will happen sometime soon.

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December 16, 2015

Cat Bullet

What’s going on?

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 5:11 pm

We had a snow day yesterday. Taffy spent the whole day doing this:

Taffy on the furnace vent

Yep, that is the furnace vent that she is lying on, keeping her belly fur warm. Thanks, kitten, for freezing the rest of us out…

I took advantage of the time to work on my current art quilt project. Here is a sneak peak of how it is going…

progress on circle quilt

I don’t want to show the whole “reveal” yet because frankly, it doesn’t look too nice right now. Definitely a work in progress.

I do have several photos to talk about the development of this one, so stay tuned to the blog for further updates…

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