now – it’s been well over a year! Part of the delay in sharing is that I had to
wait until she was gifted. Since that finally happened over the holidays, I’m
now free to share ALL the details with you!
to be and this one, well, she started when I stumbled upon the Meow collection designed by My Mind’s Eye from Riley Blake Designs.
“this is THE perfect collection for my SIL”.
She is such a cat lover and has
fostered her fair share of abandoned kitties until they found a loving home.
Since I hadn’t made her a quilt yet and with her celebrating a a big birthday
milestone in 2018, I thought this was kismet! I showed the collection to the
hubz to get his input on whether he thought she would love it and, with his buy
in, I was off designing a quilt to feature these fun prints!
concept to final design, but with this one, there were very few iterations.
getting my hands on the fabric collection.
Often times the shipping charges and currency conversion make it cost
prohibitive to move ahead. But I was determined to get my hands on this
collection for her.
having the entire collection plus the coordinating solids available. Everywhere
else, I was stuck buying from multiple sources to get the fabrics I needed. And
with the quilt finishing around 68”x75”, I needed quite a bit of fabric!
collection looks paired with the geometric pattern design of the Flight Plan
of her in the wild! I went out no less than 4 times to try and capture her – without
success! So, I apologise in advance for the less than stellar photos, but I
still wanted to show you the full quilt.
wanted to keep the quilting simple. My go-to in that case is straight line
quilting. Here I opted for 1-inch straight lines featuring 40wt Aurifil Thread.
I love the 40wt for top quilting as I love seeing my stitches. We spend a lot
of time quilting all those layers together and I want that to be visible and
40wt achieves that beautifully. To coordinate with the fun pink backing, I went
with a lovely pale pink so it still stood out against the white, green and
gray, but blended nicely on the back so the focus was on the backing print. The
combo of the soft fabrics with the quilted lines really makes for the snuggliest
look like a black and white polka dot print from far away and then you get up
close and are delighted by these cute little cat heads! Too cute!
just referred to her as the Meow Quilt, but that didn’t really feel very representative
of the quilt pattern design. When I shared the design on Instagram, I received
several comments relating to “direction” and a light bulb went off! I’m a big
believer in following your own path, irrespective of what others think. I’ve encountered
lots of resistance in my life from people that I love on the choices I’ve made.
what they were going through/ feeling/ wanting rather than it really being
about me. Thankfully, I’ve had a stubborn streak and fierce independence to me
that has kept me pursuing things I care about and living the life I want. And
the older I get, the more I appreciate those characteristics. Life is short, and
it’s definitely too short to be following a path that others want you to take. Which
kept me coming back to “Your Way”, but that felt like it could be misconstrued.
So, I opted for Flight Plan as I felt it summed up the importance of staying
true to where your heart wants to go but learning that you sometimes need to take
several paths to get there.
Flight Plan quilt:
Riley Blake has come out with a second line for this collection called Meow and
Forever. You can see all the fun new prints here.
Designs and can I just say how amazing these fabrics feel. The overall feel of
the quilt is just so snuggly and soft. I can definitely see myself wanting to
work with their fabrics again.
ways to piece the triangles together, so your points are nice and sharp. Stay
tuned for that coming later this year!
knocking this one off my Q1 FAL 2019 list!
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