I love cats and that includes big cats too. In March I got a request for a bobcat quilt pattern for a school mascot and accepted it right away. I wanted to give my block a stylized feel, so instead of using fabrics that would resemble fur, I focused mostly on just the colours.
The pattern is for a 16″ block. It has only a few seam alignment points, which makes the block easy to sew regardless of how complicated it looks.
The pattern also includes alternate sections without the stripes. That eliminates a lot of piecing and, in turn, a lot of sections. It is an intermediate-advanced pattern because of all the details. This large cat quilt pattern is available in my shop.
I really love how it turned out. I am not sure yet if I am going to incorporate the block as part of a quilt or make a wall hanging with it. Since I can easily imagine those markings on a kitty-cat, this block will always represent a cat to me.
I have been playing with the colour green this month. We are always in need of bookmarks. I found a scrap of watercolour paper in the perfect shape of a bookmark on my shelf. After an exhausting Saturday, I painted these trees using Daniel Smith’s beautiful Perylene Green. I have been using the bookmark ever since.
Last weekend was the wildflower expo. Unfortunately, for various reasons we couldn’t make it there on Saturday when they would have had more plants. We went there on the cool and drizzly Sunday morning after breakfast. They still had a wide variety of local plants for sale. Although most of the plants were too young to have blooming flowers, there was a lot of information available and a group of very knowledgeable hosts to help educate us.
These are the plants that came home with us.
One of them is a Douglas Iris. I spotted this flower on one of the plants and that was immediately followed by the plant being in my little cart.
Other than sewing, painting and planning the garden, I have been updating my website a little. I added “Free To Imagine” as a tag line. I also created a new template for my pattern files so they have a better look and feel. It was a busy week, but the stolen moments of art gave me much-needed balance.