Saturday, 27 June 2015

Cat Quilt [a {lovely} finish]

Can you tell it's coming up to the end of a quarter for the Finish Along? This is The Cat Quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and it's my second finish in two days! And this was my June goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes: it's really because of that goal that this is done, which I guess is the point. When I pick my goal at the start of the month, I like to pick something which is achievable, and with this goal it was dubious.

Back at the start of June I hadn't even made all the cat faces (though I had cut all the fabric). Last Friday, Mia let me sew for a bit whilst she played and these blocks were perfect as they go together really quickly. By the end of the day I had a finished quilt top. I used the "mini" size from the pattern but wasn't sure if I would need to add some borders to make it big enough. This quilt was destined for Mia's cot now she's old enough to sleep under one. With no borders this quilt is just a tad bigger that the blanket we're currently using. Success.

I knew I didn't want loads of quilting to keep the quilt soft, light and drapey so picked cross hatch quilting every 2".

This quilt was made entirely from my stash - the yellowy creamy background was a 3m length I picked up for £3 a metre at Hobbycraft ages ago. I had enough to back the quilt and bind it and I still have some to make a matching pillow case! And the cat faces are made from 25 different Konas and then 3-5 print fabrics per face. It's about 115 fabrics in total and includes some of my favourites. Hopefully they'll become Mia's favourites too. The scrap of pink in the binding is left over from my sampler quilt - one of the first quilts I ever started. The finished quilt is about 30"x39" and it has washed up beautifully.

As my goal for ALYoF, I'll link up with the Finish Party!

And as it was also on my Q2 Finish Along List I'll link up there too in a few days time! Can I sneak in a couple more finishes before the end of the quarter....?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


Lisa in Port Hope said...

Congratulations on your finish and the cross hatch quilting is perfect for this sweet and simple quilt.

Heather J said...

The colours chosen for your cats are lovely. A great finish!

Leanne said...

This is so cute, you are rocking the finishes!

Emily said...

Beautiful! And so much fun!

Wendy said...

it turned out lovely! I love the rainbowness of it and the scrap of pink in the binding

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Those cats were so tempting to me when the QAL was happening. Thankfully, I resisted... I fear it would have become one more WIP. Yours turned our beautifully. The fabric selections are lovely and the straightline quilting is right up my alley!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's a gorgeous quilt and I bet Mia soon makes friends with all those cats and gives them names!

*Visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad*