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February 9, 2020

Cat Bullet

Project Quilting (11.3)

Filed under: Grad School Madness,It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 12:10 pm

One of my favorite TV shows is Project Runway. Imagine my delight when I discovered an internet challenge called “Project Quilting,” in which we are given a theme and have one week to prepare a project.

The theme for this week was “Put a Heart on It” and I was very happy.  I’ve been in a bit of a quilting funk (for many reasons) and I was thrilled to have a fun, discrete, easily done project.

Which, of course, means that I am blogging about it exactly one hour and 12 minutes before the deadline for submission (I have to link to a blog post about my project) in order to be counted among the finishers.

So, please ignore the bad quality of this post… blogging from home is not easy, as my computer is ancient.  But here we go…

Roughly 19×14 inches; made all with scraps.

I basically pulled scraps out of bags and laid them out on a portable design board.

Then, I realized that I had neglected to put a piece of muslin behind the strips.  No worries, I thought, I’ll just flip them over and then back again.   Yeah… that didn’t work.

They didn’t come off the board.   Bummer.     So I just pulled them all off, added the muslin and then put the strips back down.  Isn’t exactly the same, but close enough, right?

I wanted to sew them down to keep them stable while I was working on the heart appliques, so I browsed my stitch library and I found one that looked like heartbeats.

I thought that was clever, but it turns out to be completely invisible in the finished project.  Oh well.  It was fun, nonetheless.

I selected various bright colors and cut out hearts, used “Steam a Seam” to attach them down and then ZigZag stitched around the edges.  Not very original, but was fun and happy to look at.  I got lots of good practice with learning how to applique, so that is a good thing.

Keeping with the “scraps” theme, I found a bag of batting strips and attached them together.   Then I layered them, and used my abysmal free motion quilting skills to quilt the non heart areas.   Practice will make perfect.   I need more practice.

Made a quick facing for the edges (also using scraps), sewed it down and then put on a label.

Used the Steam a Seam again to attach the label; it didn’t quite show up very distinctly, so I carefully used a sharpie marker to outline the patch.

This was a really fun project, quick, easy, no pressure.  I’ve been enjoying seeing all of the other projects that people have been posting.  There are a LOT of really talented quilters out there.

Now, I had better get this post up on the blog so that I can link before the deadline.  50 minutes left…  Hope I can figure it out in time.

Everybody have a great day!!

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