Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One thing leads to another

Isn't it funny how sometimes one thing leads to another?  Let me give you some examples of what I mean!

I continue to work on testing the Gardens of a King pattern for Missie of Traditional Primitives. The original quilt that inspired Missie's pattern has some blocks with sun or moon faces and I really like them. I drafted a large block but it isn't part of Missie's pattern so I won't include it in my quilt.This block finishes at about 10" across and I used my Sakura Pigma pens to draw the face.

I really like my face block so I thought about ways that I might include this design element in my quilt while still staying true to Missie's pattern. And that is my first "one thing leads to another" moment! There are four pieced blocks in the corners of the outer border so I thought that would be the perfect place to sneak a face into the quilt. I drew the face and used one of the block patterns to frame it! This is what it looks like! The edges are rough but will finish nice and round!

This is the block in my quilt on which I based my face block. I like the dark frame around both blocks because it focuses the attention on the centre design!

That leads me to my next (and final) two blocks for the centre panel of my quilt. These two were perhaps the most challenging although they look relatively simple. I think if I were to make them again I would use a single fabric for the background (or piece a four patch of four fabrics) and then applique the petals to the background using the back basting applique method that I wrote about.

The last "one thing leads to another" moment involves the fluffernutters, Gump and Jinx. Gump is an older guy who is partial to sleeping or at least relaxing. He is getting much better at posing for picture taking so we were having a nice moment together.  He is such a super model!

And then along comes Baby Jinx who promptly begins to nibble on Gump's toes! Not a good idea.

And that just leads to a good clobbering! Lesson learned for now but it never lasts!

Finally on a totally unrelated subject, it is Sew Sisters Quilt Shop's Blogathon Canada time.

It is an opportunity to find new blogs and win prizes. Yesterday we met bloggers from British Columbia and today we are off to the Maritimes. Tomorrow we are off to Alberta which is wild rose country! Good luck and have fun checking out all of the lovely blogs! One blog that I found particularly interesting is Judy Cooper's blog. Check out her fabric boxes. They are something else!

That's it for me for today! Just a reminder that I reply to every comment so you don't hear back from me it means you are a no-reply blogger so I have no way to contact you unless you include your email address! Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. This is going to be a fabulous quilt! I really like the faces in them. And you've found a great place to put them. So looking forward to your reveal. Off to check the links you provided. Stay warm, Karen.

  2. Gump has the most amazing eyes! A great cat action shot too lol
    Smashing 'daisy' blocks as well : )

  3. what a marvellous work of yours!!!

  4. Again lovely blocks and georgeaus and cute cats! (In four days, we are living again with our three cats.)
    Ha de bra .

  5. The last two blocks look totally different with your fabric choices!! I can see how appliqué would probably be easier to work that block. I can't see you using one background, though--lol. Gimp is gorgeous, all that black fur!! Orange cats are supposed to friendly, but brothers have to fight. I know this with sons & dogs!! Have a good end of the week!!

  6. I love the faces as well. Great design. Kitties having fun....:)

  7. Wish I had permission to include those faces in the pattern as they are so cute. You've done a wonderful job recreating them! They will really add so much to the quilt! Love your playful kitties! So cute! And that's a lovely fabric they are playing on!