It's February, so I can safely start another dolly quilt. I've been having a ton of fun with these, which kinda suprized me. I thought I'd get sick of them, but I like having a small project that I can finish quickly...then I have to get back to the bigger ones...
Friday I pulled out books and patterns and colored pencils and fabric scraps to match my latest purple kitty-outfitted dolly and sketched and erased and colored and moved cats off my stuff and sat with my eyes squished closed, all looking for inspiration.
I had a desire to do something embroidered, so then I moved on to the computer with clip art. Boy are there a lot of COMPLICATED designs out there...what happened to line drawings? They're hard to find!
All that mess and what did I come up with?
The kitty faces are smiliar to a quilt you may remember I made for a little not-quite niece named Chloe. It hit me while I had my eyes squished closed in an exasperated moment...
None of this was in any book, pattern, etc. So I made all that mess for nothing. Well, I did figure out what I didn't want to make by looking at too-complicated patterns, clip art and embroidery patterns!
So I picked it all up, except the fabrics I planned to use and went to bed.
Sleeping on it didn't change my plan, so I drew out the kitty faces Saturday morning and was ready to embroider when my mom came over for a fun day. We shopped a little, ate a good lunch, laughed and had a good time. We even got a little sewing in.
I finished the top Saturday evening.
This will go on the back:
It doesn't match at all, but it's too cute. It's Kitty Cucumber, which I remember from being a kid. I found this fat quarter in some stuff my mom had gotten me a couple of years ago and I can't think of a better use. Unfortunately, it limited the size of the dolly quilt to about 17 inches square.
I will quilt it soon. I want purple thread, and JoAnn's has thread on sale next weekend, so it will get back burner for now. I'll work on the brown and pink quilt in the meantime.
I'll show the whole thing when it's done.
Today is the Superbowl. I plan to quilt. What about you?
Oh, I almost forgot. My mom and I went to the local library. My first trip to check out books (second trip total - I feel like a loser having lived here this long without having gone to the library, but in my defense, I work at a university, so I've been to A library since moving here!) and I got "Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts" and I'm inspired by a few of the projects. I want to make the elephant in there...