Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kitten Categories

Today we are going to have a seminar on kittens. The kitten on the right is a kitten in a rainbow quilt I made as part of the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. The kitten in the middle is modified to participate in SoScrappy's Tiny Tuesday so its called a Tiny Kitten. The kitten on the far left is a Micro Kitten. It is based on a one inch grid.

This is a Molly Kitten.

Meanwhile, I have finished quilting the Demented Garden Mosaic and next I will be sewing on the binding.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New Micro Spools

Here are a dozen new microspools--unfinished they are 2 inches square and will finish at 1.5 inches square. Today my quilt guild had their monthly meeting, and these fabrics (foreground, not background) were all bits available from the "free table" where people drop off scraps and fabric they no longer want. For these, I only took about a fistful of scraps...a wonderful way to have fabric variety without crowding out my cats (more than their current dire circumstances--editor's note).

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Block 3: Kitten

This kitten is 5 inches square unfinished so it can be adopted for SoScrappy's Tiny Tuesday Quilt. You can also get a PDF version from SoScrappy by going here.

To make this block you will need to cut the following from the background fabric:

one 2 inch square
two 1.25 inch squares
one 1.25 by 2.75 inch rectangle

For the kitten cut:

three 1.25 inch squares
one 2 by 2.75 inch rectangle
one 2.75 by 4.25 inch rectangle
one 1.25 by 5 inch rectanlge/strip

The layout above approximates where each of the kitten parts will go.

First, let's use flip triangles to make the kitten ears. Take two of the 1.25 inch red squares and lay them on either ends of the 1.25 by 2.75 inch background rectangle. In the photo above, I have drawn the stitch line. You will sew from corner to corner as shown about one thread width away from the true diagonal. The sewing doesn't have to be exact, but do not stray above the diagonal.

Also, do not cut anything until you have sewn the squares to the rectangle. You will next iron back the triangle so the top corner matches the bottom corner of the ear and background fabric. If you iron this precisely, it won't matter as much if the sewing isn't as precise.

You will also want to sew the two 1.25 inch squares of background and kitten fabric together.

And last but not least, sew a flip triangle to the top right hand corner of the large kitten rectangle. Iron and trim the flip triangle.

After you have carefully ironed the square over on its diagonal, then you can trim away the excess underneath leaving roughly a quarter inch for the seam.

You may find more information about flip triangles in this kitten tutorial, but be warned that these kittens are a different size and shape.

If everything has gone to plan, you should be able to lay out the six remaining kitten parts.

Next, sew the kitten ears to the kittens head. Iron towards the kitten head.
Then sew the tail tip to the 2 inch square of background fabric. Iron toward the tail tip.

For this step you will be sewing the kitten head and ears to the background section with the tail tip. Hopefully the two seams will nestle together happily.

It's now time to sew the kitten's head to its body.

And last, but not least, sew the tail strip along the side of the cat from tail tip to its hind end. And speaking of ending, you're done.

For the Tiny Tuesday project, you will only want to make one kitten. However, you may want to have a kitten that faces to the right (although they tend to act more like dogs and eat too much).

Here is the layout for the right facing kitten. The most important steps to watch out for is that the background flip triangle now goes in the upper left hand corner of the body. Then the background sections get sewn on the left hand side of the kitten's head.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Red Circle and Micro Kitten

Here is my red circle for Angela's Tiny Tuesday offering. I will confess that I used Dale Fleming's inset circle method instead of hand applique. Also, this is a pinwheel set into a pinwheel. In case you find yourself getting dizzy, don't forget to spin over to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see other red wonders.

I also made a red micro kitten. This kitten is 3.5 inches square unfinished. I am hoping that it will grow to 5 inches square by Tuesday when it will become the design for Angela's Tiny Tuesday block.

Here is the micro kitten with its friends the micro spool and micro bowtie.

And here is Molly using her heated bed as a tanning bed. Molly does not understand all the fuss about her heated bed. She says she would prefer her heated massaging bed, but staff keeps complaining about wanting to get up and "do something." As if holding a kitten wasn't enough...

Also, Molly would like to point out that when she was younger she had a heated purring bed that dispensed a fresh warm beverage. She thinks life has gone steadily downhill since then.

Friday, January 11, 2019


Yesterday I showed this fabric in black and white...and this is the same fabric with colors. I will probably use this fabric for fussy cutting.

I bought my fabric from Hancocks of Paducah...but I haven't looked to see if they still have it or if its available elsewhere. In any case, here is the selvedge for looking for it online. (If you wish...)

And this is Molly's heated bed. I purchased mine through Chewy.com but you can probably find this in real life or at your favorite online outlets. This is a small version of the bed. Buddy has a tendency to take over Molly's favorite sleeping spots, so I am hoping that this will allow them to both the area in front of the picture window. It is too small for him to use as a cup but I suspect one day I will discover it flattened into a pancake.

I think these beds come as heating pads in case your cat likes more of a platform than a nest.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Warming Up

I made more progress on machine quilting the Demented Garden Mosaic. I have sewn through the squares and now I'm going down the diagonals, hiding in the ditch between the dark and light.

And I even made another handful of micro spools. I only have a few more thousand to make.

And look at the delightful fabric that came in the mail. Okay, I also got a rainbow spiral too.

Meanwhile, I've been a bit disappointed that Molly hasn't used her heated bed as much as I thought she would. Then I noticed that it was on the same surge protector as the iron...and I had the unit turned off. No heat for Molly. I turned her bed on and by this afternoon Molly was quite happy and quite heat drunk. (And in case you wondered...the heat only comes on if there is weight placed on it, so it is off when unoccupied.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Lay(er)ing Chickens

Today I layered the chickens. I would make sure everything was smooth and neat, and then two wrestling beasts would zoom out or under or on top. Buddy is now the size of a tiny house and he is determined to squash Molly like the wicked witch.

I would machine quilt the Demented Garden Mosaic, take pins out and then use those to layer the chickens. A good strategy for someone whose attention span has diminished to three minutes.

Buddy, the tiny house, says hello. He is looking forward to becoming a McMansion.