Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cats in the Garden Quilt

I finally finished my Cats in the Garden. The original quilt is called "Six cats in the garden," by Linda Brannock. As you can see, I have four. Each one is done to represent my furry babies that have passed on and the top one is Dora. I use the brown paisley to represent my Tortie, then my big white guy and black for my beloved Black. I used a darker thread on Dora so that her face shows more than the others. I think this quilt pattern makes a great piece to memorialize your kitties.

I added a few of my own items, that kitties love to chase. I also added grass, because I placed my kitties in the wrong place, so that was an idea for a good fix it;) The quilt is hand appliqued and then I used free motion to quilt the top. The background pieces are done with meandering stitches and free form designs, and the border was done in a vine with leaves pattern.

I found a great way to draw designs onto your quilt before quilting. This is great for those of you who like to do their own designs and have a guide as you stitch. It is called a chaco liner pen by Clover. It is a chalk pen that comes out as you move the tiny wheel across the fabric. It is refillable and affordable, my new best friend for quilting.

I love how Dora's face came out. I use free motion quilting and draw the faces on with the thread. I even made a few little designs while I was doing the meandering. You can't see it, but there is a duck and a mouse hidden in the quilt;) When I get a chance, I will add tabs and hang it from a stick that I found and hang it over my entryway.


Tolentreasures said...

That is so nice! I love it. I have one of those pens and it is amazing how many uses it has in crafting.


TeresaM said...

Very very pretty!!!

Karmen said...

That is amazing beautiful! I love how the cats represent real babies from your life. Thanks for the advice on the pen; I will give it a try. What other fabrics did you use besides quilter's type cotton?

WoolenSails said...

Fabrics that I buy are always cotton and my friend sends me lots of fabrics from her stash and she is a cotton user too. I use wool for embellishments and floss for hand stitching.

One thing I did find out with this one and using the fusible batting is that it is harder to iron it on when you have a lot of applique on the front.


snippetgirl said...

So lovely and purrfect! And the photos of your cats are precious.
Carrie the SnipPet Girl

primitivebettys said...

This is lovely Debbie! :) meow

Joanne said...

Debbie - love your Cats in the Garden Quilt - love the subjects of course and how special is that you made them to represent your furbabies! Another fabulous job!