Il Gatto

cat quiltIl Gatto, approx. 36″ by 48″. (It’s actually well squared with nice right angles, the photo distorts it because I held my wide-angle-lens snapshot consumer camera out over a bed to take the picture.)

This is my first all-traditionally-pieced quilt, no trapplique or applique, just squares and triangles sewn together with 1/4″ seams. Since I don’t get excited about traditional quilt designs, but wanted to try traditional techniques, I designed this insane vicious cat. After Kaye England’s class last month I bought some of her fancy acrylic rulers, a straight stitch plate for my Janome, and some cotton thread. They paid off: although the top isn’t perfect, it came together pretty darn well and hardly required any trimming.

For the eyes I did curved seams, which was tricky and imperfect but sufficient for this project.

cat quilt backAnd here’s the back. I free motion quilted simple spirals all over because they’re relatively quick and contrast with the straight seams.

I’m getting a little tired of FMQ on my domestic machine. I tried a sit-down 16″ long arm quilting machine a few weeks ago and loved it: it was fast, and I could really see what I was doing. Now I really feel the constraints of my Janome, especially how hard it is to see past about an inch. I have yet to try an articulated long arm on a frame, but that’s next. Will it be even more like drawing? Can I get some longed-for spontaneity into quilting with one of those?

4 comments to Il Gatto

  • Mark Kriegsman

    Such a GREAT design! (And it looks like it came out really well, too! Go you!)

  • Definitely nice, bold, graphic design! I just can’t cozy up to a sewing maching. :)

  • gernot

    you make a “old” silkscreen printer (with emphasis on silk) very jealous 😉

    still i’m a little into textile working (but actually more as a consultant to my mom) , i guess one can never leave his original profession completely behind, it will return sooner or later.

  • Maggie Szafranski

    Nina, it is awesome! Crisp, modern design! And the quilting definitely adds to the quilt! Definitely you need to place this in our quilt show this October!

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