I have done it! I have reached that elusive finish for this mini. Once I had finished the block early last year, I went through many ideas of quilting this little one, but nothing really stuck. At one point I even finished drawing swirls on the block, cut the backing and the batting, but it never made it to the machine. The problem is the colour of my cat.
You already know that I love my big old orange cat, my constant companion and shadow. This mini is special because I modeled it after him.
I used the orange swirly fabric that I love and the black fabric that I had left over from another quilt. Orange cats are mostly associated with Halloween. Add a black background and you have a quintessential Halloween project.
Except, that was far from being my intention. I added the black background because of my love for the night sky. The picture I wanted to paint was one where my cat and I would sit by the window and cherish that outer world
Month after month I looked at the block and put it away for lack of a good idea. Swirls would just add to the Halloween picture that I did not want to create. Finally one day it came to me – I wanted to try matchstick quilting. It would echo the stripes on the kitty too. Seemed like a perfect solution.
Since this was my first time doing matchstick quilting, I wanted to err on the side of caution. So I worked up to lines that are 1/4″ apart and stopped there. I felt that was perfect. I used a variegated thread which gave it an additional fun effect.
I faced the quilt to give it more of an art canvas look. Since almost all of my quilts are paper pieced art quilts, I will be using facing more often instead of binding going forward.
In the end, all that waiting paid off. I let the project guide me to the finish line and I am very happy for it. I love the mini, almost as much as I love my kitty!
Autumnal Equinox is tomorrow. Perfect time to place this mini on the wall of my atelier where my kitty and I spend the day together working. Knowing me, it will end up staying there forever.
I am linking up with Patty on One Monthly Goal. Great monthly linky party for finishing those WIPs.
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