I sashed all the blocks up to 12.5", then they are set in a "Dancing Nines" type arrangement a la Bonnie Hunter, where the outside sashing alternates sides.
The cat blocks I was sent included 6 paper pieced 4" cats, several odd sized larger cats, and a couple of applique cats. Moon cat is one of my favorites.
Quilting was pretty simple, just outlined the cat blocks and stippled in the background.
There was one exception to the simple FMQ. I did a cat FMQ in this nine patch that needed something a little more (tutorial here at Inbox Jaunt).
Although a couple of my FMQ cats did end up looking a bit like squirrels.
I'm told these blocks were made by the members of a long defunct quilting bee.
This quilt is bitter sweet for me. Sweet because I obviously love cats, and I love it whenever I can take UFO blocks and finish them out. Plus it's another quilt for Covered in Love. Bitter because, well, Wilson has been missing since the beginning of June. One of the hazards of living in the country is that there are always bigger, hungrier animal lurking in the woods. We actually lost Elvis, too. I've been too sad to mention it on here until now.
It's been over a month and I still keep looking for him, wondering what he's doing, and wanting to go to the door and call him. I always assumed he'd die of a pneumonia one winter, and that we probably wouldn't have too many more years together with his compromised lungs, but I thought I would have time to say good bye.
These boys. I miss them.
I'm absolutely not "over it" yet, but I am telling you about it today because this week the next chapter began. Her name is Rorschach, aka Rory, and she's 6 weeks old.
|Notice the "ink blot" on her forehead.|
|Learning to sleep through the noise of the sewing machine.|
Linking to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.