Saturday, 8 April 2017

Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty is in da house!  Well she's been with us for quite some time ... but a certain nearly 7 year old has been reluctant to let her out into the wild.

And. if I'm honest, I've been a bit stumped on where to photograph her ... then I remembered reading about this sculpture made from sea containers - cue a sunny day and BAM!  One Hello Kitty quilt in the wild ...

These rainbow painted sea-containers were the perfect backdrop for Miss Kitty ...

... as were hubby's hairy legs - I could have cropped them out, but I think they look funny!

This quilt was both tedious and exciting to make.

Tedious because it's a pixel quilt made from a lot of 1 1/4" cut (3/4" finished) squares.

Exciting because watching it come to life piece by piece  - like a giant fabric jigsaw puzzle -  is really fun!

My daughter wanted this quilt to be a "Hello Kitty Disco Quilt" - gulp - so I machine quilted it with Aurifil Brillo to add the sparkly disco element ... she loves it ... and you'll notice by the white fluff on this next close up shot that Master Monty (our very white fluffy cat) loves it too!

I only used the Brillo as the top thread (I used a pink Aurifil in the bobbin) it worked beautifully in the machine and I encourage you to give it a try.

So here are some quilt stats:

Size: 75" x 62"

I used this cross stitch template to create the pattern.  Again, I cut the squares at 1 1/4"

Straight line quilting in a grid pattern using sparkly Aurifil Brillo colour #517

Quilt In the Wild Location

Fremantle Rainbow Art Installation by Marcus Canning #freorainbow on Instagram

Located at Beach Reserve (adjacent to Canning Highway) in Fremantle ... overlooking the Swan River and Fremantle Port.

You can read more about the artwork here

Pink everything
Linked to Finish It Up Friday
Lets Bee Social #172

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Frogtastic Quilt

A long, long time ago there was a sweet little toddler that asked her mummy for a "froggie" quilt.

In her eyes froggies were the fairest of them all.

Flash forward several years (the toddler is now in full time school - cough) her mummy ... finally ... finished that quilt.

You see, the mummy wanted to have a play with this one ... put this and that in it ... cut the fabric this way and that way ... and work out just how to incorporate ALL the colours and ALL the frog fabric that the toddler wished for.

Can you spot the froggies?

Handsome Prince

Then, how to quilt it?

Pond ripples were the answer ... echo quilting rippling out from each of the 3D pinwheel blocks ... aka ... lily pads.

Once the binding was complete ... they all lived happily ever after because (lucky for mum) she still thinks fogs are awesome.

The End.

Photos were taken in Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Perth, Western Australia.

Linking up with Let's Be Social #171
Needle & Thread Thursday
Mid Week Makers #66


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