T.G.I.F.F. – First Finish of the Season!!

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…..

cat

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!

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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??

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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!

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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?


6 Responses to T.G.I.F.F. – First Finish of the Season!!

  1. Dawn says:

    Totally gorgeous puddy tat!!
    What size did you make the cushion finish at?

  2. Emmanuelle says:

    I’m not a cat person either, but this one looks great! I love your color choice.

  3. Lisa says:

    Love this kitty and might have to get the pattern. I used to not be a cat person but I’ve had a couple dropped on me over the years and now I love them.

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