If Theo and Vincent Were Cats 🐈 🐈‍⬛…

Starry, Furry Night

So it all began when we considered buying tickets for Immersive Van Gogh…and decided instead to immerse ourselves in movies and books about Vincent 😉 while on staycation. (I particularly loved Willem Dafoe’s performance!)

The longer I stared at “Starry Night“ —

‘The Starry Night,’ Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

…the more I saw the possibilities of Jackson taking the place of that cypress tree…and what incredible fun it would be to stitch that sky! I had a photo of the boys that has been in the make-a-quilt queue forever:

And had actually progressed as far as SVG files for my digital cutter…reminder that I cannot live without the Procreate app nor my Cricut ;)…

I thought I would experiment first with a Joy Quilt Project square study to make sure the shapes translated to fabric as I hoped…check!

Ooh Aurifil’s 28 weight thread is the best…

Now onto the larger scene…the blue color way from Windham’s Paint Splatter collection would be the perfect sky. I decided to put the boys atop a hill and cut/fuse/stitch a simple village in the lower right…

🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ …these are the photos that lead my friend David to as how I get anything done 😆

2 tips if you like to create with fused shapes:

1-washi tape is simply the best for parking those shapes on the wall, away from furry studio helpers (like painters’ tape, it does not damage the paint one bit. I’ve been slow to hang quilts in this studio but have discovered I basically have a giant whiteboard!

2-animal cracker containers from Costco are fantastic receptacles for scraps of Mistyfused fabric! (See giant one behind Loki.) I sort my fat quarters by color in the wire drawers below, but little scraps get tossed into that clear container where I can see them.

I kept the composition simple – a hill, the boys, tiny village – to let the thread work shine. SO MUCH FUN stitching a swirly night sky with different shades of 28wt Aurifil- it helps the stitching to stand out. I use a slightly lower thread tension than for 50wt and try to remember to go a little more slowly.

My thread palette! I used 40wt for the boys and 28wt for the sky

And, somehow, was able to finish it despite Loki’s…participation…

So last week we attended a fabulous museum opening of Alphonse Mucha’s work at the Speed Art Museum…guess what I’m working on now? 😆 Hmm, a new series may have begun! 🐈‍⬛🐈 🖼

Loki’s not sure I can do a subtle palette…..

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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