Christmas is coming. I’m slowly coming to terms with that. But am not dealing with the fact I have not, up until yesterday, started making teacher’s gifts! Because for some crazy reason, I started making them gifts a few years ago, and sort of feel like I’ve set myself a bloody standard going forward! Anyway, yesterday. I bought myself a geometric cat pattern from Quiet Play, and got cracking. Today, it’s finished. May I present to you – the beginning of my Christmas sewing…..
It’s a ginger cat! Now I am not a cat person. Truly. But one of my kid’s teachers really is! So it was a bit of a no-brainer to make her something including a cat. And when it comes to paper piecing patterns, my first stop is always Quiet Play. Best. Patterns. Ever. I contemplated colour for a bit, and decided to go with orange, because my go-to colour seems to be blue these days. Step on out of my comfort zone…… And I’m super happy!
And when it came to the quilting, I wanted it to be simple, but am SO sick of straight line quilting it’s not funny. I had a play around with my machine stitch settings, because I’ve seen lots of quilters using a cute wiggly stitch pattern, and knew it had to be done somehow??
And found it! I have a Bernina, and it’s stitch #4, but I lengthened it to a 3.00 stitch length. I can now see why so many people use it – it’s a gorgeous finish! You know you’ll be seeing it again right? As per usual, I used my favourite 40wt Aurifil thread from start to finish. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but it’s a gorgeous variegated grey/green #4060. Super versatile!
And just because I didn’t get around to doing my Throw Back Thursday this week, I thought I’d give you a reminder on a great finish for cushion backs. You can find my tutorial HERE. Super easy, and super neat!
Ok. That’s one gift down. Only about a zillion left…… How are you going with your Christmas sewing?