|It was love at first sight for me and this Riley Blake print.|
This might come as a shock to you because you know me as such a bastion of self-control and smart fabric management, but there was a time when I bought fabric just because it was pretty. And some of those fat quarters and cuts of yardage sat in my stash for years. One such purchase is this sweet print (see pic, above) from Riley Blake. To me, these hearts have an eighties vibe to them, and although I love that retro feel, it took me until recently to find the right project for them.
I couldn’t imagine making anyone other than my sister something with these hearts—she was, after all, my partner in crime growing up in the eighties—so I embarked on making 100 cat heads for her. (For more on the pattern, see my original post here.)
|It was fun picking fabric for all 100 of these cuties.|
|I usually cut my binding strips from the width of fabric, but I thought these|
hearts looked better on the bias.
The heart print directed all of my decisions about this quilt, which I call Me-Wow! I decided up front to use it as the binding fabric. I pulled the colors of the scrappy cats—shades of pink, yellow, teal, navy, gray, and orange—from it. I think the Essex linen background fabric adds great texture, tones downs that palette, and makes the final quilt more grown-up looking.
|I was smitten by the great variety of scraps I was able to use in this project!|
The big triumph here, aside from using that long-stored Riley Blake fabric, was that I longarmed this quilt myself! I recently took the class required to use the Janome Quilt Maker Pro at my local quilt shop so that I could quilt this project before its Christmas deadline. I used a fully computerized pantograph, and I foresee longarming only pantographs for the time being. I’ll need to get better at the process before I muster the courage to try free-motion quilting on that monster of a machine!
|This design was a good one to try first. It’s more forgiving than, say, a rigid |
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