Polka-Dot on the Brain

I will be out of my sewing room for a few days, so I thought I better finish the floral pet quilt. This was a fun quilt to make because I designed it as I went along. Following the project process posted by Melanie of Catbird Quilt Studio, helped in making this an enjoyable project.  Thanks again, Melanie!

I made heart blocks for the corners.

One of my friends and I are making blocks from the book, Modern Blocks, compiled by Susanne Woods.
We take turns with another friend, choosing a block to make for the month. Making the floral pet quilt has left me with polka-dot-on-the-brain. I used my leftover polka dot fabric, and the Kaffe Fasset remnants, to make the block chosen for March.

Floral Pets~Day 3

So, I am already into March on spending my fabric budget. I was never good with budgets.
But I found some beautiful elephant fabric. I collect anything elephant. I also inherited my mom’s collection of elephants. I do not have a plan for this fabric yet, but I bought it and will let the ideas come later.

The clay elephant I made two weeks ago, survived the kiln, so I will be glazing it next week.

In pottery class this morning, I made a fat cat and a bird bowl. The bird looks more like an elephant right now. My instructor told me we may be able to add feathers on the head. In the photo, the bird is drying with his legs up. (It looks like he is dying…not drying.) I also had to repair the bunny I made last week. I did not attach one of the feet securely enough, so I had to do some bunny surgery.

Everyone else in class is making some beautiful, artistic bowls. I think I need to sign up for a second class and maybe I can move on from these animal bowls and sculptures.
My trip to Las Colchas was productive. In my project process, I noted that I would consult with my friend, Francine, who owns the quilt shop. She makes beautiful quilts and other things. I showed her my three ideas for finishing this quilt. She gave me some tips that helped me make my choice of the three. I also purchased three fat quarters to finish framing the cats. One of the cats is framed with a “fish” Kaffe Fassett fabric…a hidden quilt treasure.

My friend, Christine, suggested I frame the pet blocks in white polka-dot fabric that would bring the blocks together. Sandy, at Graybarn Designs agreed with Christine. It just so happened that I had white with black polk-dot fabric in my stash. So I will work on framing the blocks tomorrow. Thanks to Christine and Sandy!

What’s On My Design Wall?

The first time I visited Valli and Kim’s Quilt Shop, I was blown away with all of the beautiful fabric.
They have such a variety of color and design…it left me spinning.
I left without buying fabric, because I did not know what I wanted.
Two days later, I returned, determined to buy fabric.
There was a quilt on display that caught my eye.
It was simple, yet, colorful, and full of life.
I really want to design my own quilts, but this design was too pretty to pass up.
The quilt was based on a pattern, Midnight Blue, by  Pat Fryer at Villa Rosa Designs.
The fabric used in the display was from the Kaffe Fasset floral line.
The display quilt had repeat floral fabric with one color of the Moda Bascic Grey polka dot fabric.

I knew I wanted more colors, in both the floral and the polka dot fabric.
At first, I was timidly trying to choose 20 different florals, just by looking and pulling one or two at a time.  The shop owner cleared a table and told me to throw out as many bolts as I wanted.
She did not have to tell me twice.
I threw out just about every bolt they had, and then gradually pulled out the ones that I did not want.
It was so much fun playing with the fabric.
Then, they cut 20 fat sixths for me.
When it came to choosing the polka dots, I just threw in 20 colors at random.

I finally got started on the quilt today and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Everything is cut, paired, and ready to go.
I made four blocks today and splashed them on my design wall.
They are not in order yet.
Arranging these blocks will be more fun ahead for me.

POSTSCRIPT

I lost all sense of time and finished 12 blocks.
Only 8 more blocks to go.

I am just laying them out as I go. I will think about the layout when all blocks are completed.