GARDEN PARTY 2014 BOM - BLOCK 1 - CAT IN A TREE

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I love this!!!!  I haven't finished the country cottages yet but this looks like so much fun...I may have to order the book.

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Kris replied on Sat, Jan 4 2014 11:23 PM

I have to say, this block was not fun. I almost gave up several times. I love the pattern so I'll soldier on. It is only glue basted. My original cat fabric ended up in the trash and my substitute is much brighter. The hind legs look like he's wearing socks LOL. I'm pleased with the block so far and hope I have an easier go of it next month. I coloured the irises with a black sharpie.

 

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Kris replied on Sat, Jan 4 2014 11:33 PM

I forgot to mention that most of my fabrics are wovens/homespun/brushed cottons. Oh and I see I forgot the flowers.

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Patti replied on Sat, Jan 4 2014 11:37 PM

I think your cat looks great Kris.

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Jacy replied on Sat, Jan 4 2014 11:39 PM

Your cat is very cute Kris. Sorry you had to re-do the cat. I like his bright orange color.

 

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Kris replied on Sat, Jan 4 2014 11:55 PM

Thanks Patti and Jacy.

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Bonita replied on Sun, Jan 5 2014 2:30 PM

Gini and Kris,Thanks for posting your great blocks. They're looking so good. I'm going to give this a try. I have the BG fabric cut and presed, went to check my FQs and of all I have not a one would work for a cat. So off to shop for kitty fabric. These are some big patterns and I've never worked with anything but small pieces like the Country Cottages so it's kind of what to do first? If this turns out to be as hard to do as it was to find the first block in all those folded pages I'm in trouble before I get going. LOL I think I need to add freezer paper to the shopping list.

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Kris replied on Sun, Jan 5 2014 11:28 PM

Thanks Bonita. I think these are the biggest pieces I've ever worked with as well. It's not difficult just cumbersome.

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gini:

Elaine, are they under the pile next to the ironing board with the box full of scraps on top?  Or maybe they are under the pile of fabric you picked for the last mystery quilt that is now coverd by that beautiful fabric you got before Christmas, Orr maybe they are over by....................

did this help?

Gini that was a great help. I found it, actually in a drawer.i hate it when I get so organized. It really throws me off my game.

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gini replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 1:09 AM

I like your kitty, kris, and you're right these are cumbersome.  I think the wool is making it a bit easier to apply the appliqués because it doesn't move on me like cotton would.

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gini replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 1:09 AM

The big tree is going to be interesting.  I may resort to some machine appliqué with the really big pieces

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Patti replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 9:26 AM

For the larger pieces, the cat and the tree, I first pinned the piece on the background, all along the edges, and then machine basted about an inch inside the applique edge.   With the cat, it puckered up slightly a couple places, so I just clipped the basting, but didn't remove it in those places, and then it laid flat.

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Kris replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 11:46 AM

I laid my pieces on top of the pattern, glued the overlapping areas, then transferred to the background.

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Bonita replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 9:30 PM

I have a question. Do you stitch the stripes down at the same time as you stitch the cats body? Or add them after the cats back and tail?

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Jacy replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 9:38 PM

Bonita, I stitched the cat down first and then added the stripes. But since the tail is going to overlap onto the border that means I can't stitch down those tail stripes till later. Patti sewed her stripes on first, then sewed the assembled cat to the background. I don't know if one way is better than the other, my way seemed to work fine for me.

 

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