Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SPLASH! of color QAL


Cat Cannonball makes a big splash of color and is a sewing finish. It still needs an actual splash into the washing machine, and a wild 3am dash through the dryer (because that's always when cats makes their wild dashes!)


I did a big, easy stipple in each cat panel block, carefully avoiding stitching over each flanged edge. Actually, that's a lie. I only carefully avoided it on 5 of the 6 panels. On one, I managed to get the FMQ foot caught under the flange and stitched that sucker into place permanently. At least that's how it felt as I tried to unpick those stitches, which of course were tiny and many and hard to see and wrapped around the foot! Sorry I didn't snap a photo. It was ugly and several ugly words may or may not have been heard nearby.


For the black and white blocks, I did wavy vertical lines in several bright thread colors: hot pink, yellow, orange, and a variegated blue/purple. I didn't have any lime green, but I had a softer green that worked well in the bobbin for the entire quilt. It looks a bit puckery in this photo, but it all smooths down nicely. I think there was one little pleat, but I couldn't find it this morning, so it's all good.


The quilt measures 42"x48", a nice toddler size and perfect for sewing up an easy WOF backing. I had these two black and white fabric with a "splash of color" in bright green that were just right. The binding, all machine sewn, was made entirely of 2.5" scrap pieces, woo hoo! That made a dent in the scrap bins. ( It was a very very small dent. So small even the rental car company wouldn't charge me for it.)


The change of binding color shows up a little better in this lousy photo. It wasn't until I saw this picture that I realized how much the busy backing fabrics sort of calm down at a distance. Up close, that spotty fabric in the middle makes my eyes spin a bit. But then again, this is a rather eye spinning quilt!


I'm linking up with Myra's Splash of Color Quilt A Long for final finishes and am eligible for prizes. That's always a fun incentive to get 'er done! You'll see this quilt one more time after its spa day for extra crinkly goodness.

22 comments:

  1. I love it! What a perfect setting for those cat blocks. Sorry about your little FMQ foot incident, but it all came out great in the end.

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  2. Great Finish. I love the way you quilted it and hope you did not hurt that little quilting foot.

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  3. This quilt is just so much fun, Louise! Sorry about the mishap with the foot. Argh. Or, as we Scandinavians might say, Uffda.

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  4. That quilt will make everyone who sees it feel warm and happy! Great job!

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  5. The colorful binding just adds to the fun whimsy of this quilt. Oh I feel for you ripping out the flange mishap, been there done that.

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  6. I've done that a time or two and it is nasty! I really like the colorful finish and it will make someone very happy.

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  7. Thanks for this post. I've been thinking about doing b/w with color and your great cats quilt has convinced me. I even have b/w fabrics accumulated. A good 2018 idea.

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  8. That turned out great! I love how you used a lot of different colored threads for the quilting!

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  9. lovely finish for your cats...
    Hugz

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  10. 'Cat Cannonball', I love that name! And you're right cats do get crazy around 3 a.m.
    That's a fun, colorful quilt for someone to enjoy.

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  11. Beautiful blocks make such a bright and beautiful quilt.

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  12. Very fun! How nice to already have a finish for 2018! I really like the binding in the different colors and that you quilted top with such a variety of colors! Congrats!

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  13. Gosh - a wonderfully wild quilt - I love it!!!

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  14. Ohmygosh, your stitch ripping story sounds awfully familiar - colourful words make a splash around here sometimes, too! Ha! What a great finish. :-)

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  15. This is a wonderful splash of colour and a great toddler quilt. I hope you have a very happy 2018 :)

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  16. What a fun and bright quilt! Congrats on the finish!

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  18. Haha!! I particularly love that purple cat on the right, middle

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  19. Hi Louise,
    This quilt is really adorable, and the bright colors plus the wavy line quilting give it so much energy! Also, we are very impressed by the binding, which is flawlessly done with the perfectly mitered corners. Your workmanship is fabulous! Congratulations on this great finish, from Marina and Daryl Lynn.

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  20. Your quilt and quilting is just amazing. You really set the bar high for me with the quarters you quilt in. I have no excuse to try something different with my quilting. I love that you used different color threads; I have a hard time picking just one. The colors of your fabrics just are perfect with the black and white.

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