Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Life around here has been pretty rough lately ... in fact, it has just plain sucked, and is the reason I haven't been posting much the last few weeks. It doesn't look like it'll get better any time soon, so any and all prayers and good thoughts would be much appreciated.
In an effort to cope with some of the crap I was motivated to make a very bright happy quilt, hoping it'd cheer me up (it did).
The quilt began with the fussy-cut cats (must mention they're fussy cut because that's something I rarely, if ever, do!). I love the combinations of the blue, brown, green, and orange ... it's bright, but it works well together. When I made the top I was a little nervous about it being too busy, but I think it worked out to be exactly what I was hoping for.
I didn't use a pattern for this, just cut and added as I felt like it. There are six sections, each centering around a cat, and each section is pretty much the same.
I was stumped when it came to the quilting. I tried random stipling and didn't love it at all and pulled it out immediately. I debated stitching in the ditch around each rectangle/square but really didn't want to draw attention to the individual sections. C. suggested doing something similar to the brown border fabric, with the wavy lines. I didn't do exactly what she suggested but did do running wavy lines down the quilt. It was pretty easy and fun ... I loved that it was random so there was no screwing it up or getting it wrong and making the wavy lines was pretty enjoyable ... I felt like I was breaking the rules with this one. I did stitch in the ditch around each of the borders. Thanks C. for such a great idea!
The quilt measures about 40" wide by 50" long.