candy cat and fishy bones

Browsing on the web for foundation paper piecing projects with cats I found these two great blocks (and the best : both are for free) on Craftsy. The designer is Jo from Unicornharts. The blocks are Candy Cat and Fishy Bones.

cusion cover candy cat 1 - skalabara quilts

My friend Julia is a passionate cat mom for two of these species. I thought a cushion cover with two hungry cats would make a nice gift.

cusion cover candy cat 3 - skalabara quilts

Foundation paper piecing is still high on my sewing agenda. The Candy Cat is a straight forward block with fairly large fabric pieces. But the Fishy Bones block ia a bit tricky as it has a lot of small pieces : a new challenge for me.

cusion cover candy cat detail 1 - skalabara quilts

I decided to finish the Fishy Bones block still as an entire fish but with a visible skeleton.

cusion cover candy cat detail 2 - skalabara quilts

cusion cover candy cat 2 - skalabara quilts

I have quilted the back of the cushion cover in diagonal lines using the walking foot.

cusion cover candy cat back 1 - skalabara quilts

cusion cover candy cat back 2 - skalabara quilts

To quilt the cushion front I have decided to go with the walking foot. This time no straight lines – but irregular waves instead.

cusion cover candy cat detail 3 - skalabara quilts

I have added a zipper closure to the bottom of the cushion cover following a tutorial by Vicky from veni vidi vicky blog.

cusion cover candy cat zipper 1 - skalabara quiltsCushion cover size : 20″ x 30″

Wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton Request (very thin loft)

Quilting thread : Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 colour 1082


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Hope you enjoyed reading this post and maybe this is an inspiration for you to make some more Candy Cats! Happy quilting!

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14 comments on “candy cat and fishy bones

  1. Your stylized cats look very much like the 2 Siamese cats from the cartoon, “Lady and the Tramp.” Just so awesome! Thanks for the link so I can try my hand at these. I like your fancy fish skeleton, but I think Lorna’s (SewFreshQuilts) might be easier. But then, we don’t always go for easier, do we? Nicely done.


  2. Susan says:

    Isn’t this fun! Love the fishy bones!

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  3. How adorable! I do think I have that cat pattern… Must make this for my daughter. 🙂

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  4. Jayne says:

    Adorable! What better combination that cats and fish?! It’s really perfect! I’ve got three fish cut out from February that I really should finish…nothing like some intense paper piecing to sooth the soul!

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    • barbora says:

      Jayne, thanks for visiting. Oh yes, paper piecing is good for your soul – provided you cut the fabric pieces to the correct size!


  5. Barbara Neiwert says:

    What a fun pillow cover, playful, bright, modern. It’s sure to be a win-win!

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  6. Rosemaryflower says:

    This pillow design makes me so happy. I love it, Barbora. You really did a neat and perfect creation. I love it! Oh yeah, I already said that.
    Thank you so much for sharing this

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