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January 18, 2016

Cat Bullet

New Mystery Project

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:00 pm

We interrupt the circle project to bring you a new Mystery Quilt…

This one is much more low key than the Bonnie Hunter quilt, thank goodness. The clues are issued through Facebook and the community is very active and supportive.

Our first clue was issued January 11, and I finished it up this weekend…

First Cobblestone/Brick clue done

It is called Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles (the “bricks” will be 2.5 x 5″, the cobblestones are 3.5″square and the pebbles are 2.5″square).

My “soloist,” or accent fabric didn’t photograph very well, but it is a mottled dark navy blue/teal with gold accents. I’m really happy with how it looks. All of the rest of the fabrics are going to be very light background – white or off white, though I am (obviously) allowing color prints on that.

I love how it came together. If you are up close, you get to find images like flowers, chicks, owls and baseballs. From across the room, though, you can really see the pattern that the dark squares form.

I can’t wait to see how this one comes out!! It is nice to have an activity with very easy goals each week. Clue #2 was released and it is 9 simple nine-patch blocks with the soloist in the center. Easy Peasey!!

No worries, I’m still working on the Circles quilt. I’ve got to do some more free motion quilting to get the background finished before I continue. It is kind of time consuming to switch my machine from straight quilting to free motion quilting, so I figured that I will do clue 2 before I switch it back.

Everybody have a happy Monday!

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January 6, 2016

Cat Bullet

Update on Circle Project

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:42 am

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that the holidays were fun and relaxing for you.

I spent quite a bit of time working on my Circles project. I got all of the first batch/layer of circles hand quilted/embroidered with the running stitches along the edges and along each strip.
Progress is being made

The white circles are the paper templates for the next layer of circles. More about them in a bit…

I enjoyed the chance to use some of my fancy hand dyed cotton floss that I’ve been hoarding for years.
Fancy embroidery floss!
I really enjoyed picking out which colors would go with which circle and made an attempt to not always be “matchy-matchy.” I’m actually stitching through all the layers of the quilt with the cotton floss, so this project is going to have both hand and machine quilting. Side note – you will NEVER see a photograph of the back side of this quilt. It is not a very pretty sight, let me tell you.

After I finished with the big circles, I decided that I wanted to do the machine quilting on the background before I added the next layer. No, this isn’t a procrastination thing. I decided that the next group of circles is going to be more free standing and “floating” and I wanted the quilting to be done before I started attaching them. I kind of wish that I had done the stippling before I applique’d the big circles down, to be honest.

Scribble quilting

I’m still not very good at machine quilting. I had hoped for a really smooth “micro-stipple” but it is more angular and jerk-ish. No worries, this is NO RULES QUILTING and it barely shows up anyway, right? I really love how the machine quilting is making the first layer of circles stand out and look a little puffy.

So, what is the next step? Once I finish the stippling (I’m about 1/3 done right now), I’m going to take the little white circles and use them as patterns to make the next group. Currently, I’m planning on using lighter colored (not brighter colored) fabrics and more fancy embroidery on each one. I’m planning to have them be free standing (finished on the front and back, kind of like coasters) before I attach them, and I’m going to add at least one layer of batting to them so that they have some depth. They will be attached via the under side, but not along the edges – I want the edges to be floating out a little bit.

We will see how it all comes together! Good think I really like circles. This has been fun to work on.

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