The cats are done! I absolutely loved making this wall hanging. And it's actually the first official wall hanging in the house. (I may have taken down a photo of how the mister proposed, but this was the right wall. I'll find a spot for the photo later. Priorities!)
It's from Elizabeth Hartman's Catvent Quilt-a-long that she started in December. One cat a day until Christmas. I loved making one little cat as the start of my day. It was like a little finish that I could get done first, then feel accomplished the rest of the day.
I used two Kona charm packs for the solids, Sunrise and Sunset, a couple scrap charm packs bought off Instagram, and a bunch of scraps from a guildmate. It was really fun digging through scraps that were all new fabrics to me and pairing them with the solids.
I was on schedule until the last week then all the other handmade gifts took over and the cats got pushed to the side. Then I ran out of Kona Medium Gray, went on vacation, had some surgery, basically life took over. But I finally got it finished!
I decided to quilt it just like the original. It looked so good, why try to top it. I just used some painter's tape to mark out the lines, re-positioning it as I went. The lines are a little bit more than an inch apart, because I didn't want to stitch too close to the tape and maybe sew the tape to the quilt.
There's just one bad line where I changed directions and the stitching pulled the fabric in the opposite direction. I might rip it out and sew it again, but I'm living with it right now.
And I finally got the sewn binding right. I've been trying to make it happen for a while using different techniques, but this one actually worked! I cut my binding a 1/4" wider than normal, sewed it to the front, pinned it down along the back (so wish I'd had those Clover clips), and stitched in the ditch on the front. I only missed catching the back binding in two little spots, so I just repinned and stitched those spots again.
The back isn't perfect, but it's all sewn, so that's a win in my book.
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday and Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday!