Saturday, February 19, 2022

2nd Make Nine finish: Scraps and Crumbs prompt

Two for nine! The Make Nine Scraps and Crumbs project is finished. 

Machine binding on four scrappy kitty quilts.

Using Scraps and Crumbs

It's no secret I enjoy:

  • using up scraps (points for upcycling and reducing fabric waste)
  • improv patchwork (it's liberating, stress-free and anything goes!)
  • making functional art (kitty quilts keep the kitties warm and comfortable)
  • practicing free-motion quilting (trying new designs, brushing up on my FMQ skills)
  • learning to master machine binding (experimenting with decorative stitches and machine feet)

These kitty quilts check all the boxes.

Units for the blue kitty quilt were from an online Improv Patchwork workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood. The pre-work scrap sorting exercise was a good learning experience.

Blue improv kitty quilt.

The star test block made with M&S Textiles Australia fabrics was the nucleus of this quilt. I experimented with piped binding and a new ditch walking foot for my machine on this quilt.

Star block improv kitty quilt.

There were just enough flannel fabric swatches from a holiday fabric line to make this quilt top.

Coordinating scraps from a flannel holiday fabric line make up this quilt top.

Below is my favorite from the group as it's going to a friend for his rescued kitty, Misho. When it's cold, Misho retreats to an old styrofoam cooler with a door cut into it. I hope she likes a quilt of her own, and I think her owner will like the bold color palette and the improv patchwork.

Purple and orange improv kitty quilt for Misho.

Using up batting scraps

All of my kitty quilts use batting scraps and pieces too small for larger quilts. 

Franken-batting uses up scraps and trimmings.

Three of these recent kitty quilts have two layers of poly batting trimmings which will make them more lofty and warm.

Two layers of batting in a kitty quilt.

All the kitty quilts are backed with a naturescape flannel.

Kitty quilts have a flannel backing.

Tested and approved

Spot has kitty-tested the blue quilt.

Spot kitty on the blue quilt.

Stan Leigh obviously approves.

Stan Leigh sleeping in the cat bed.

Progress continues on the my Make Nine 2022 Challenge.

Make Nine 2022 worksheet.

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