It only took me 7.5 months to “finish” the piecing of this project. You might remember I went to a retreat at Cheryl Lynch’s cottage at the end of May ( where we started our mosaic projects. My sister in law (www.oneblockwonderwoman.wordpress.com ) worked on her Rotti while I worked on my cat. (She finished her’s and has already had it in a show — https://oneblockwonderwoman.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/creating-a-dog-from-scratch-can-be-ruff/ )
This was the look of my project when I packed up to leave the retreat.
I came home from the trip, was faced with out “deadlines” and left everything in the bin until August. During August and September I got the project “out of the box” and back up on the design wall. One 2″ square at a time, plus lots of additional angle piecing to “make the curves” work out.
I got busy sewing once all the design work was done; but toward the end of September, the deadlines snuck up on me again!
So, by October 8th, Poor little Mittens was stuck again! Mittens spent all of October, November and December stuck on the wall….. I don’t know what is worse….being stuck in a box or stuck on the wall? (see those blue blocks? I took 2 classes from Bonnie Hunter, and I claim distraction!)
When I started thinking about UFO’s that I want to complete in 2017 I decided that MITTENS the Mosaic Cat would have to be # 1. A few days after I recovered from New Years, I got busy. Seriously, the hard part was done, it was just 5 or 6 days of sewing.
In between model rail road club weekends, and a snow storm that dumped 8.5″, and 44 degree temps in my “over the garage” sewing room, I did some work.
Yesterday I was able to join up all the sections .
and I would like to report that he is “constructed” to include a 3″ border !
Now, he will hang on the wall until I can come up with a quilting plan! There are lots of photo’s in my album – https://www.flickr.com/photos/92296158@N02/albums/72157668596534501
Thanks to Cheryl Lynch Quilts – http://cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/ for the great project and guidence. If you can take a class from her, you would certainly enjoy any project she will teach. This is my 2nd “Cheryl” project. My first was in June 2014, when she came to Ocean Waves Quilt guild and taught a class with Dupioni Silk. The class was called “Sensational Silk” and I LOVED that project. I made a wall hanging and I just love the way the silk catches the light. It hangs in my living room.
I now have a Janome 1600p quilting machine and frame, so I want to get busy practicing before I tackle this kitty! This set up has been “sitting” since early September, waiting for me to find time to use it.
I now have a collection of needles and bobbins for this machine, and was “gifted a set” of leaders for the 12′ width; so I must load up a practice quilt and “get busy”.
I am “anxious” to use these wonderful tools that I have and see if I can make good use of them.
What is on your 2017 UFO list?