Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One Down, Fourteen to Go

This is another of the projects on my list of eight for the first quarter finish-along.  There are 13 shells and two shark's teeth in the runner.  The pattern leaves a lot to be desired as far as method goes, but the design is great.  Batiks are perfect for the shells' variance in colour.  This one is called a Turk's cap.  Who knew.  They are quite plentiful along the southeastern shores of the Gulf coast. Love the white sugar sand that fell out of one!

A quick note about markers.  I did a post last year on my favourites here so I won't go into much detail other than to show you the difference in three washaway markers.  I traced the shell pattern onto the wrong side of the batik, and used 3 different ones I have.  I've laid each marker over the line I drew with it so you can see the difference.  I was quite surprised just how much thicker the Mark-B-Gone line was!  There is no discernible difference between the Chako or the Water Erasable one (which I bought form Leah Day).  The only issue with the two über-fine ones is that at first the line is almost non-existent, but it darkens within a few seconds. The urge is to go over it a few times, but there really is no need.  It really is a fine line.

A view of the back; you can see how much the Mark-B-Gone bleeds through!
The good news, however, is that each one disappears with just a light spritz of water.  So this is my WIP.  I still have two after this to complete by the end of March.  Three if I pick something for ALYOF.  For this one, you are allowed to have something like a quilt top, or a set of blocks as your finish; it doesn't have to be a fully completed item, so I do have an idea of a project for which I'd like to at least have the flimsy by the end of the month.

I did finish the kitty mats for the Humane Society.  I ended up with three!  I'd planned on making two, but miscounted squares needed and had half of another one done, so a third was born.

Here they are before washing:
Isn't that stripe fabric just wild?

Here are the backs:

Recognize the houndstooth?!  Leftover backing fabric from Shamrock.  All that now remains is a couple of strips.  Why is there a chunk out of the backing in the bottom mat?  I needed one more rectangle (two squares) for the front, so I pieced in a little extra of the other squares fabric.

Rocco in his favourite spot
This was fabric given to me by my brother (well, when I saw it, I asked for the leftovers!). He and a couple of colleagues did a Laugh-In skit (that's dating us, I know; it ran from 1967-73, but it was mainly our parents who watched it as we were too young) at the office Christmas party and when I saw their set, I fell in love with the fabrics.  I'd hoped to use one for kaleidoscopes, but I don't think there are enough repeats, so it might become another mat.  The Humane Society gives their cats each a mat in their cage on which they sleep or repose, while waiting for their forever home.  I made them a couple last year too.  It's great for leftover pieces of batting.  It's also great for playing with FMQ.  I did both walking foot quilting and FMQ.  Each mat measures 15X18"; the squares were cut at 3.5".

Washed and cuddly
One of Naala's visits to my sewing room with one of her babies, Rudy.  Rocco killed all his. Naala still has all four, although Bird is sadly missing most of her stuffing!
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  1. Your shells and sharks teeth runner looks very intriguing.

  2. The shell/sharktooth runner looks really interesting! Congrats on the kitty mat finishes, too. :) *pets the puppies*

  3. The shell looks wonderful. I am interested to see the finished quilt! And adorable dogs, as always. Mine destroys all his stuffies too :)

  4. The shell is quite beautiful! The batiks indeed gives it a nice coloring. I'm curious about the other ones that are to come...

  5. The shell is so pretty. I love the cat mats as well. The stripe is my favorite part.

  6. All beautiful. Aw Rocco, Naala <3
    Ya you're dating all of us there sister! I loved our brother's skit but lol, me the non-quilter can't recall the fabric, just the wigs and skit LOL ;p

  7. Hurray for getting some projects finished. Those cat mats are a great you for scraps. Thanks for sharing the idea with Oh Scrap!

  8. That seashell is gorgeous Sandra! Laugh In... wow did we have fun doing skits and quoting lines from that show! Even my strict grandmother had Lily Tomlin's telephone operator down pat... one ringy dingy. LOL
    Love Rocco's sweet face! Cat mats? How cool and what a great way to use up scraps and practice FMQ!


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