Saturday, January 9, 2016

"Kitty Craft", the B.O.M. for 2016 is Underway


I'm so excited! In spite of a week of computer/printer woes, the pattern for the first pair of blocks in this year's Block of the Month quilt is finally finished! 

I've named this wall hanging "Kitty Craft". The quilt combines four large applique blocks containing cats with several smaller pieced blocks. The center section will be 24" x 30", but with borders, the quilt will grow to 36" x 42". I'll plan on getting one pattern pair up each month. If all goes well, the B.O.M. will be completed in June.

I hope you are a cat lover, because this wall hanging is all about cats - cats in the craft room doing exactly what one might expect of them. In this first pattern the kitty has found the yarn basket, and she is having a grand old time. These first two blocks will fill the spaces in the upper right corner of the quilt.

I can easily imagine the single 12" yarn basket block in a mini quilt. It would look great alone with a pretty border, but it could also be combined with the spools block.

The center section will be 24" x 30". 


Full layout plan. 36" x 42".
I love a scrappy look, and this design works beautifully with scraps. This time, though, I've chosen to use fabrics from "Farmhouse Quilts" by Fig Tree on a cream colored background. Other bits will be tossed in, too, of course. I'll use blacks for the cats and a few coordinated smaller prints from other lines.

The pattern includes two options for making the spools block. There are instructions for traditional piecing of the spools block, but, since I much prefer paper foundation pieced patterns for small bits like these, I've added templates for that construction method, too.


I hope you'll join me in a bit of cat play this year. Remember, I want to hear all of your ideas. 
What might the kitty be up to next?


Wishing you a very happy week!













10 comments:

  1. I love this block and am looking forward to getting the pattern. In fact, I haven't seen a pattern of yours that I haven't liked ... my Craftsy pattern collection certainly will attest to that.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosemary. You make my day. :)

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  2. Forgot to ask in my last comment if there was any info on fabric needed and when we would start getting the patterns ... I missed something, I think, along the way. Thanks.

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    1. I don't have exact measurements on fabrics, but I've started with a 10" layer cake of the Farmhouse fabrics and about 2 yards of cream for the background. I'm sure I'll have leftovers of both, but these will fit nicely into my stash for scrappy quilting. I also got 1 yard of the Tomato Farmhouse Rose for a narrow border and binding, and a yard of Farmhouse Pebble Gingham Blooms for the wider border. Again, these are generous amounts, but I'd hate to run short.

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  3. I can't wait to start this block. I have 3 cats, hope I get to portray each of them.

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    1. Cats can be so entertaining. What are your cats' favorite things to do?

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  4. What a sweet block - this is going to be so much fun!!! I've got a heap of white fabric so I'll use that for my backgrounds. Probably just raid my scraps for the fabrics but I'll see.

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    1. Thank you. The quilt is absolutely perfect for using up scraps. Now, to figure out the rest of the blocks. I do need workable ideas.

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  5. Ok I may be silly and missing something obvious, but where are the patterns? I don't see a link to click and clicking the pictures doesn't get me any where. ??

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    1. You aren't at all silly. The links aren't all that obvious. My patterns are sold through the Craftsy website, and can be found in the side panel on the right hand side of this page. If you scroll down through the patterns you'll find links for all of them. This is the link to the kitty blocks on this page: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/bom-2016-kitty-craft--blocks-1a--1b/184785

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