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August 22, 2016

Cat Bullet

Weekend work

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:04 am

Had a migraine this weekend (started last Thursday, actually). Oddly, I find that I get some of my best quilting done when I’ve got one of those darn headaches… It is almost like my focusing on the quilting helps me push the headache to the background.

I sewed all of the double flying geese parts together into a ring.

Ring pieces all connected

 

If you look closely, you will see markings to indicate the inner and outer seam allowance.

Let me help you look closely…

Seam allowance markings

The directions said to use the rotary cutter to trim away the excess fabric.    I wasn’t that brave, so I used a pair of sharp scissors and cut a few threads at a time.   And I only attempted this after lunch and a long nap…

But I got it eventually.

Ring trimmed!

I thought that it looked pretty good, but the true test was how it would look with the center medallion.

Ring laid over the center medallion

Oooh, pretty!!

It took a very long time to pin the center into the ring and then to sew it.  I basted it about three times before I thought that I had it as good as I possibly could get it.  It still isn’t perfect, but it is done.

All sewn!

 

I think that I got a really good alignment of the star points with the seams of the ring border.   There is one small section where the circle edge has a bit of a hitch, but I did the best that I could.  If I took it apart one more time, it was going to fall apart for good.     Once the whole thing is together, I doubt that it will ever be noticed.

The next step is to insert the circle medallion into a square border.  I have the fabric cut for that, but when it came down to starting that process, I couldn’t muster the energy.   I thought that it would be best to leave that task for my next session.

Besides… I had this waiting for me upstairs, and none too happy that she had not had a lap for most of the weekend…

Where is my lap??

Yes, Taffy.  I get the message.  A lap is much better than a cold, hard arm of the chair…

 

 

 

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August 8, 2016

Cat Bullet

My Three Day Weekend

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:01 am

I took a day off work last Friday and attended a three day weekend quilt class up in Lyons, Colorado.

The class was taught by David Taylor, who is very well known for his animal quilts full of exquisite detail. (Click on the link and then select a gallery that you want to view).

He brought copies of his Hummingbird pattern for us to work with.  It is really large (24 x 36 inches, approximately).  We started out by tracing the design onto tracing paper, then reversing it so that we could then trace it onto freezer paper.    I think there were only 82 pieces, but it took a LONG time to cut  them all out of the freezer paper.   We had homework that night, to cut out all of the pieces that we didn’t get cut out during the day.

Once we had the individual pattern pieces cut, we started selecting fabrics.  Most people had brought in photos of actual hummingbirds to use as reference, but I had somehow missed that part of the directions.   So, I went with PURPLE.   How can we go wrong with purple, right?    Red-Violet, more specifically, in my case, though a few other colors have wandered in as I worked.

Start of Humming Bird Applique

This is the progress that I have made so far.   There will be changes made – I’m not happy with the eye, I think it is too dull.  If I can’t find the perfect fabric, then I will paint something.   Just what I needed, an excuse to go shopping, right?  I also need to brighten up his “armpit” area.  Or would that be “wingpit”?

This is going to be a very long term project.  I have most of the pieces selected (though I plan on making a few changes in addition to his eye).   Once all of the fabrics are selected, then the edges will need to be turned under using starch and an iron.  Then… they need to be hand stitched to the background.  Yep.  The whole thing is going to be hand stitched before it is quilted.   We had a hand applique lesson yesterday afternoon and I really learned a lot.

I’m going to have to look at a lot of bird pictures to make sure that I get the layers of feathers down in the proper orientation.

I’m thinking about making a large Hibiscus flower (white/cream most probably) for him to be flying into.  The rest of the background will be yellow green (ish) to look like out of focus plants…

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