Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Tale of a Stack of Fat Quarters

So it all begins when Gotham Quilts sends out the email re Tula Pink’s new collection, “Tabby Road.” Of course, I had to adopt it! 🐾🐾

Sometimes, pieces just make themselves. I pulled 4 FQs to make a tribute to all of my friends who marched in January…couldn’t resist interpreting my feral cutie as a woman with a message…

Note the perfect harmony of these Aurifil spools 😍! I tried to make this more about the fabric than about thread-painting a kitty…to augment the fabrics without overwhelming them.

With 21 FQs left, I could make a lap quilt that I had seen online–my apologies to the original pattern designer, I could not locate it. So, with the help of a little graph paper…

…and lots of MistyFuse (of course)…

…it was a simple matter of randomly  arranging squares to distribute this wonderful riot of color evenly. (Um, yeah, right…it always amazes me how difficult it is to achieve a random look 😳.) Next, step back and wish I hadn’t downsized my longarm table  πŸ˜‚…

Ahem. On to the much happier topic of thread- I decided to try Aurifil on my longarm because the colors were just too perfect…and it worked! A multitude of colors for the hearts…

…and a cone of my new favorite neutral for the background:

Going for major cozy here- wool batting and not-too-much stitching.

Remember those little squares left over from the cutting? They became a small piece which WILL be heavily stitched 😁:

…after my next pet portrait, that is. Stay tuned for an adorable Westie πŸ’œπŸΎπŸΎ…


A celebration of an adorable feline named Burrito πŸ’œ…begins, as always, with a great photo. Run through one of my apps, I grab the image:

…and turn to my stash for fabric selection:

Opting for a light batik and a pale grey flannel for the fur colors, the next big decision is the best background:

Since the fabrics for Burrito’s fur are a solid and a very subtle blender, an interesting red background (love Marcia Derse!) and an solid black with personality (love Grunge!) seem to be good choices.

The light batik is, in fact, very light, so I can trace the eyes and nose right into the fabric before MistyFusing all:

Then, trim and fuse the kitty onto the background:

And, add ink! I used my Tsukineko pens to mark dark and light areas in the grey fur…I think of this as a roadmap for my Bernina, so I know where to use which thread ;).

The more shades of thread you use, the better the effect…ditto different weights. I use a number of spools from the Aurifil thread box I curated for my pet portraits :)…try 40wt for fur in multiple shades of the main fur color, and 12wt for the best whiskers! Of course after you complete your subject’s fur, the background will look a little wavy πŸ˜‚:

For this background I used 50wt dark red and black Aurifil, following Marcia’s design for the red and stitching in imaginary paneling in the black bottom. Note that I always do the whiskers last– makes the background quilting much easier.

Finishing with satin piping and zigzag stitching provides a frame for this irresistible boy :). πŸΎπŸΎπŸ’œ