|Pic I took in December of one of the 26 projects waiting to be quilted|
I've pulled it out a couple of times, hung it on my design wall, and then taken it off again after a few weeks in favour of a different project. My gf and I bought the panel on one of our self-made quilt shop hops, so that would put it back in the early 2000s, maybe 2005-ish. I remember her frustration while piecing it at one of our Fall Retreats when she discovered the panel was not square. In fact, she stopped piecing the quilt top.
I'd bought a beautiful piece of Laurel's kitty fabric in this same line, "The Holiday Collection" at Cotton Patch that I planned to use as a pretty back. You can see it in the first picture. Each of the times I put the finished top on my design wall, I found I couldn't bring myself to use that piece on the back; it was calling (meowing, lol) to me to be the star in a quilt top.
Star? Well! I bought Marti Michell's Wonder Triangles to make the Peaky and Spike pieces one needs for a triangle in a square. I plan to do Christa's Modern Trees Quiltalong sometime this year, which requires the Tri Recs ruler. I couldn't find it at JoAnn's so I picked this one up. I'm hoping it is the same tool. I decided to do a couple of practice 54-40 or Fight star blocks using some of the kitty fabric, the leftover orange/purple zinger fabric, and black, just to see how I liked the ruler. Well, I really really like the ruler! This made piecing those sharp points a snap. Percolating on the back burner of my brain, was the idea to make these practice blocks into a cool back for this quilt.
|Don't they just sing?!|
Here is the finished back:
Making the label gave me an idea for another Aha! Moment Tip post to write, too! To soften the white cat somewhat, I machine-appliquéd the flying kitty placing a heart on her back. I intended this quilt to be a wallhanging, but with such an interesting back, I think it could be an adorable lap quilt. I will put a hanging sleeve on it regardless. I took advantage of Craftsy's Flash sale on the weekend to buy Mimi Dietrich's "Finishing School: Edges and Bindings". I see one of the lessons is on attaching a sleeve, so although I have attached many sleeves to many quilts, I will watch her lesson to see if I can pick up any new tips. I think you can always learn something from taking a class, especially with a pro. :-)