Friday, April 1, 2016
Kitty Cookie Quilt - Block 1
The Kitty Cookie Quilt begins. Here's the first block, April Showers.
I'm fusing the appliqué pieces to the background, but I'm only fusing the edges, so it's not too stiff. That just means I'm trimming the centre out of the fusible web before I iron it onto the fabric. Then, I cut the fabric patch on the outline I traced for that purpose.
I'm zig-zagging around each patch with machine embroidery thread, but I'm working on the block with it already layered onto the batting. It gives it stability, and the only downside I've found is that the backing needs to be a good quality fabric, so that all the stitching lines and thread ends don't shadow through.
Batting. I really like Warm and Natural.
Fortunately, we (the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project) were given some fabulous fabric by Arlene Massey (who is a big friend to us and to the Gananoque & District Humane Society and to cats everywhere!). There was a lot of high quality flannelette in the bag she gave us, and I've used that on the back of this block. It will make the finished quilt extra soft and warm. Each block will be backed with a different fabric, so the back is as scrappy as the front.
Next up: April Showers reversed!
Remember if you'd like to work along with me on this, the .PDF for this block is available in the previous post.