The Quilter Magazine (July 2006)
by Lucy A. Fazely and Micheal L. Burns
I immediately had this vision of making it, but with the cats done in calico florals in a blue setting. It took a couple of years to accumulate all the right fabrics. On Monday, I scanned all those fabrics into EQ and played (another favorite thing). Finally coming coming up with the final fabric selections and a preliminary lay out.
The original pattern is written to use a pair of white and black fat quarters to make two cats. Since I was using a common background, I needed to come up with strip cutting instructions to produce all the pieces needed to make 20 blocks. Using the rotary cutting instructions from EQ, I was able to come up with the number and sizes of strips that needed to be cut.
This does involve quilt math, but I like playing with numbers (except when my quilt math is wrong, then it's not fun).
Last night I got most of the background pieces cut (Confession: cutting out the pieces for a new project is really not one of my favorite things, it ranks almost as low as unsewing something).
Now I just need to pick one of the floral fabrics, get it cut and make the first block. There is nothing quite like working on and finishing that first block of a new project. It can be both frustrating and exciting as you navigate those instructions for the first time and realize that either you have no clue how this is supposed to go together or it's a complete breeze.
Another favorite thing this week is that Kate over Katie Mae Quilts is also making a cat themed quilt, so we decided that we are definitely going to cheer each other on with a Kats with Kate joint quilt along. Since this quilt needs to be done by May, I'm hoping Kate will help keep me motivated and moving on this project.
That's it for me this Friday. Check out all the other favorite things over at Quilting in my Pyjamas