Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cats & 'Loose Change'

My sweet customer Lois went on the Craft Fair at Sea Cruise with Lynette Anderson, Michelle Marvig & Sarah Fielke. The class Lois did with Sarah was the following quilt.

Lois is a huge cat lover & is fondly known as 'The Cat Lady'. So most quilts Lois makes has either cat themed fabric or she asks me to quilt cats. This quilt has both!!!
 I bought the cat stencil from Ngaire at Kiwiquilts. Incidentally I met Ngaire at the show in Auckland last weekend, she is just lovely!

For all the quilting I used a black/grey variegated Gunold thread & worked the stencil so that it was a continuous design. Through the middle of the quilt, I stitched straight lines 1/4" either side of the seams. The batting Lois chose was Bamboo. The quilt is 82" square.

                                   I free hand quilted the odd "meow" & "purr" here & there.

Now for the back, a lovely soft flannelette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .

With cats on . . . . . . . of course!!! Enjoy Lois!

Next is a quilt, called "Loose Change" made as a shop sample for the shop, remember my sewing day? Over here, well here is my finished quilt.

This will be a class available, using some new fun rulers & books Kerryn bought back from spring market in America. Class coming in September, see here for more details.

I used Aurifil's Poly filament variegated thread top & bottom in a lovely rust/orange colour. Simple cross hatching through the blocks, the a curved/pointed wave on the border, over Matlida's own Wool/poly batting.

Do you fancy my label? A vintage doiley, using a black pigma pen to write the quilts own little blurb!

 I am pretty happy with this quilt & of course I have used my all time favourite fabric : Kansas Troubles.


  1. Two nice quilts Leeanne. I was admiring Loose Change yesterday at the shop - but didn't realise it had such a cool label on the back! Lois's quilt is very effective - the cat stencil looks a good one, love the addition of the meows and purrs!

  2. I agree with Raewyn - 2 very lovely quilts Leeanne - Hope I dont end up being called The Cat Lady :-)
    Love the colours in Loose Change - gorgeous colours & fabrics you have chosen. LOVE the label on the back too

  3. Two beautiful quilts, your cat quilting is perfect. I love your quilt, lovely colours and design and the doily makes the perfect label. Such a clever idea!

  4. Your quilting on the cat quilt is amazing Leeanne!! I too love the purrs and meows! The Loose Change quilt is lovely too, love the doily! Great idea for a label.

  5. Love the quilts! but my favourite is the doily label! Great thinking, will have to use that!

  6. You are so clever, love the cats and your quilting :D And what a fantastic idea to use a doilie as a label! Genius :D

  7. More great quilts :) The cat one is so striking! and the label on the back of the loose change one is just delightful - love it!

  8. that cat quilt design is too cute.
    what a great idea to use some vintage linens for a label.

  9. Very cute cat stencil. I like the way you have put it to use.
    Loose Change is so attractive. I also have this thing about KT fabrics! Nice work, Leeanne!

  10. I so do fancy your label!! Very clever, I washed a huge pile of those today!

  11. That's a great use of a doily for a label. I've never used doilies but find the odd few for dyeing projects and cutting up, but now I'll add labels to my list of uses. Both quilts are lovely too.