Friday, May 16, 2014

Cat Tails - Finished!

This one didn't linger too longer on the UFO pile. It was slowed down by the move, and a delay in getting more background fabric, but it got done just over a year after I started it. That's really not that bad, for me!


Cat Tails was born from this pattern, although I knew from the start that I didn't want any incomplete cats. That means, of course, I planned it out and knew how many fewer cats to make when I started the quilt.


Haha, yeah, right. I just merrily made cats until I was done with my fat quarters, and only when it was finally laid out did I realize that it was going to be HUGE.


But, you know, my family expanded this week with the finalization of my younger son's adoption, so we need a bigger couch blanket to snuggle all of us. See, I did have a plan!


I used Civil War reproduction fabrics because I love the rich tones with this pattern. I can't quite imagine it in the neon of the original pattern. Plus, I got to use some fat quarters that I got for free in shop hops, giveaways, or just didn't know what I was thinking when I bought them.


Weird blue ferny-thing looks okay as a cat.

If you care about matching directional prints, this is NOT the pattern for you. I normally care, but decided to throw caution to the wind on this one.


I used the same background fabric in several different projects, and to my horror, ran out with a half yard to go. And no one around here carried Dimples, which I thought was the most basic of basics! I ended up sending a scrap to the actual Dimples store, and they quickly matched it and sent it back to me. Excellent service!


I'm still not sure how I feel about the quilting. On the one hand, I watched a series of videos on swirls and I love the quilting in the background.

I knew I wanted to do more than an allover design with the cats, but I wasn't sure what. Because - ugh - the thought of changing colors so often, and all those threads to tie off...


After consulting with my long-arm rental place ladies, I decided on a spiky...thing in each cat. I don't love it, but I'm not changing it, so I'll learn to at least like it.



And it makes the back look weirdly impressive.


Wrapped it all up with a binding from the thrift store. It's more of a 50s reproduction, so the blues and reds are bit brighter than the cats, but I think it's a good frame.

Quilt Details
Fabric: various reproduction fabrics, Dimples beige
Backing: blue flannel
Binding: no selvage info
Size: 78x87"
Pattern: Kool Kats Kwilt {modified}

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15 comments:

  1. That is LOVELY!!!! I want to make one SO bad!!

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  2. A wonderful quilt which is so much better with "complete" cats. Who ever thought we would make a quilt with partial cats is off their 'nip. LOL! Looks like all 3 of the kids (furry and not) are enjoying it! I just love the movement of the asymetrical cats!

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  3. I love your quilt! I like the quilting done on it and the binding is perfect. Congratulations on your son! I love your tuxedo cat too, I also have one.

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  4. kitties! even better, spinning dizzy kitties! nice color combination and a lovely quilt!

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  5. Your new additional is adorable. He looks like a young Cho that is on The Mentalist. Hope the transition for everyone goes smoothly. I am so thrilled for all of you.

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  6. Looks amazing. Great pattern and great fabric choice! The quilting looks fabulous. Best whishes for you and your family!

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  7. WOW>...your quilt is wonderful....your colour choices etc. VERY inspirational. Thanks for sharing x

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  8. Love this! I've made a four cat wall hanging in this pattern but your very large cat tangle is terrific. Your new son is adorable.

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  9. I love the reproduction fabrics on this, it makes more sense. The long arm work on the backside makes me think of the swirls in Starry Night. :)

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  10. Congrats! How great for you to have this one finished AND to be enjoyed by your whole family! SO glad you son is now home with you!

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  11. Your quilting gives this quilt awesome movement, but the best part was seeing the quilt with both boys. I am so excited he is with you.

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  12. Love it all, but I especially love those little men on your couch!

    The quilting is fun. I get it, when you don't love it, but trying something new is a good thing. It must be nice to have the ladies to consult with when you're quilting. I'm in a vacuum somewhat. My sis-in-law is always trying to get me to do what she does, but I'm not there yet, and I prefer less quilting to more because it's softer that way.

    I digress. Bottom line - great job. Love how well planned out it was. Nudge nudge wink wink.

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  13. Oh wow, you have little man home and on the couch! How does The Dude feel about being a big brother?

    Congrats on finishing Cat Tails! It turned out nicely. I like that you didn't make any partial cats. They look cool just floating there in the middle of the quilt.

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  14. So nice to look at this quilt! Beautifully! Original! Carefully!

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