I have finally quilted the highland cow – see this post about paper piecing the block. I decided to highlight the hair by quilting each strand separately with variegated quilting thread from King Tut.
I have stitched around the face, mouth, nose and horns. So even from the back you can clearly see the cow silhouette.
Quilting in detail :
And because I like the piecing and quilting result one more photo of the highland cow :
A friend of mine saw a block on the internet and asked me if I could make her a cushion cover using this special block. It was called Double Circle of Geese and is designed by Lynne from Lily’s Quilts. The block is now featured in Modern Blocks book under the name Windmill. I have make the block, next step is quilting. The question is how?
I think quilt tops should be shown also from the back :
Piecing process : I knew that I wanted to use the colourful fabrics from the Alison Glass Sun Print collection to make the outer circle of geese.
Once I had the outer parts pieced I got out my solid stash box and selected matching fabrics for the inner circle.
And a piecing detail from the back :
So, these are all my quilting news for this time, be happy and keep sewing!
Since I have really enjoyed making paper piecing patterns, I was looking for some new projects. I found a wonderful photo of a paper pieced highland cow and I knew I want to make it. The pattern is from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden – also know as The Tartankiwi. I must admit all patterns in this book are spectacular, the Highland Cow will not be my last project.
Before I started piecing the different block sections, I had to do some homework or preparation. As there are many mane pieces in the pattern, I took out my crayons and coloured first the included colouring page and then the paper pattern pieces.
I used once more fabrics from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass.
The background fabric was an easy choice : a bright turquoise solid.
Thread snippets, fabric cuttings and paper – a lot to clean!
fpp highland cow thread – skalabara quilts
fpp highland cow sewing – skalabara quilts
fpp highland cow paper – skalabara quilts
When I saw bundles of Liberty London fabric in the shop where I had my Bernina serviced, I knew I wanted to try sewing with this soft and pretty material. So I bought my first Tana Lawn cotton fabrics and I am thrilled with the quality and designs. I already have some ideas about projects I want to make with these fabrics.
Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!
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.
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.
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.
I decided to finish the Fishy Bones block still as an entire fish but with a visible skeleton.
I have quilted the back of the cushion cover in diagonal lines using the walking foot.
To quilt the cushion front I have decided to go with the walking foot. This time no straight lines – but irregular waves instead.
I have added a zipper closure to the bottom of the cushion cover following a tutorial by Vicky from veni vidi vicky blog.
Cushion 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!
Earlier this year we have painted the living room and when I took down the pictures from the walls, I decided that not all of them are going back. Reading a magazine I came over some wonderful bird photos by Leila Jeffreys. I thought this was a perfect idea how to re-decorate a lounge wall! I bought 2 cockatoo photos on Etsy, got them printed and framed. When I was looking for other paper piecing blocks, I found the matching motif : cockatoo paper piecing block by Quiet Play .
Both the front with the cockatoo block as well as the back of the cushion cover are quilted using the walking foot and Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread.
Size : 16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm – a standard inlet cushion size. Quilting details of the cockatoo and the cushion cover backing :
I have finished this cushion cover with a zipper on the bottom :
Paper piecing is the next adventure on my quilting journey. I have made a few small projects some time ago with this technique and I was not really keen on it. But when I wanted to make a cushion cover with a unicorn block, there was no way around, but to start once more with paper piecing.
The cushion cover is for Kate and I have used the same fabrics as for the previous cushion covers and the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt. The background fabric is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK and the prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective.
The pattern is from Unicornharts shop at Craftsy.
I have quilted the unicorn cushion cover using the walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread in straight lines, both on the front as well as on the back.
Size : 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm – for a standard inlet cushion size
By the time I have made the unicorn paper pieced block I started to like this sewing technique and I got confident with it. So I knew that I shall continue with paper piecing. The next project was already on my list … – more in my next post.