I'm not at home in my "real" sewing room so I took this pic with my phone and the quilt on the floor. When I get back home I'll give it a good press with my "real" iron, clean off the loose threads, and rush it to my favorite quilter, Cindy Paulson, for her magic touch.
I've been quite fascinated with the colors, combination of prints, and multitude of block designs in Australian quilts which is what draws me to the Material Obsession blog and store website. I knew the easiest way to learn their techniques was with a block-of-the-month, using the fabrics they sent me. Did I learn a lot? Absolutely yes!
I was quite surprised to rip open the first kit (I don't wait to get home - they are opened in the post office) and find FELT, not felted wool. I almost switched it out for wool but remembered, this was a learning experience. I learned that I don't think much of the felt. Sorry, but there it is. It is stiff, harder to needle through, and I'm going to say it - in my opinion, it looks cheap. Don't hate me if you love felt, we all have our favorites. The embellishment was not called for in the instructions but I couldn't resist dressing up the felt.
I do like the fussy cut eyes - the fabric included in the kit was perfect. I used a combination of Silken Pearl and Pearl Cotton for the embellishment stitches. That is a woven picot beak over the appliqued felt beak.
Bullion Stitches add some dimension to the ultra-flat felt on the cat's tail.
Pieced blocks have felt centers that begged to be dressed up.
I might have been a bit carried away with this one. It was my new Jelly Beans Silken Pearl thread that kept me stitching.
Now that this one is completed, I'm excited to get working on my next challenge, Basket Case by Chris Jurd which was included in Quilt Mania over a year ago. Since opening the magazine, I couldn't quit thinking about it so I guess I have to make it. Oh no......... more foundation piecing, but I've collected some incredible fabrics.
You can find Chris' amazing patterns in her Etsy Shop.