Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pillow in Progress and a Cat Applique?

It's late Tuesday night (technically early Wednesday), and I've spent the larger part of the day playing with fabric! I'm iced in the house, and with work canceled today, there was really nothing to do but sew and watch Cupcake Wars. Here's my work in progress:

I had the idea to make a pillow in a wonky stacked books design, and also wanted to play with a cat applique. I used Hello Betty and linen for the patchwork and adapted Anna Maria Horner's circle applique tutorial when making the cat. These are still rough because they are not stitched, just ironed.

My books are wonky because I did not measure anything. Just cut and stitch. I like the look in small bits, but wouldn't want to do a whole quilt with this method, because it can seem pretty haphazard.

These are some color combos I've been playing with. Not sure if the books and the cat design will make it on the same pillow, though. The green and brown fat quarters are from my local quilt shop, and I used a tiny bit of Flea Market Fancy I scored up in the Heather Ross Studio Sale last fall.

Possible pillow front and back?

Overall, I don't know what I'm going to do with this project, but it was fun to learn the foil technique for making appliques (this works great!) and also nice to dig into my fabric stash with no real agenda.

I've also been knitting a scarf, just to get back into the habit after about 3 years of no crafts but sewing! Yep, it was pretty much like riding a bike. But I'm still convinced that knitting or crochet will be a side hobby and not my main squeeze.

Tell me about your snowed-in day, if you were affected by the weather. I'm linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

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  1. sweet! kinda wish i was there with ya!

    i spent the day reading The Count of Monte Cristo and then cutting squares for a t-shirt quilt while watching Felicity. pretty much the best day ever. ;) will hopefully be sewing that today and prepping for the batting and backing. good stuff!!

    keep up the fun work!

  2. I love the white kitten on the red-and-white fabric. The whole look is so clean and fresh.

    Great job.

  3. Adorable pillowcases with the cats!!

  4. I really like your stacked books idea!

  5. Adorable pillowcase progress, love! I agree about knitting, I go through phases, but it definitly will always be a side hobby, its nice because its so portable!

  6. I am with you on the knitting. I go in phases every few months. I enjoy it, but quilting will always be my main gig! :)

  7. Ooh, cute! That's an excellent way to spend a snow day (or being iced in). I'm not snowed in, but I'm pretending. ;) I'm working on a onesie-type romper for my daughter. Stay warm!

  8. nice projects, nice that you're getting back into knitting too!

  9. I love the stacked books, especially the wonkiness of them! :)

  10. Thursday will be day three of no school and husband working from home. ... ugh!!! I have been sewing ... love your stacked books!

  11. I agree with everybody else, I love those wonky stacked books! The cat applique is super cute as well.

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday, have a fabulous week!


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