Finally, finally I’ve put together the top for my Memory Cats!
If you’re unfamiliar with my Memory cat project they are the cats from Elizabeth Hartman’s Catvent quilt along she shared about a year ago. I used fabrics from each of the quilts I have ever made (just quilts, not other thingies like cushions etc) and used them in a cat. One cat = one quilt and so this piece symbolises the first 25 cats I have ever made. My memory cats were also a feature in the first issue of Make Modern magazine (and I still haven’t read the article about my own project because it still weirds me out!). I first posted about this project of mine in June, and have been adding cats to my posts when I’ve shared a quilt finish, except for the last few quilts I’ve been lazy and hadn’t made any. Once I finished my last quilt, which was also the 25th quilt made, I thought it was about time to catch up!
I was thinking that there might be a greater change in fabric choices since this is almost two years of quilting but I don’t see my fabrics changing all that much. Types of fabric perhaps, as I’ve started to become pickier with what I buy (because I really don’t need cutesy novelty prints :( ).
I’ll go into more detail when I actually finish this (need to find a backing and quilt it, and I know just how I’m gong to quilt it and I can’t wait to start), but here are the last cats that I’ve needed to catch up on!
For now, I’m not going to make another mini to symbolise my quilts — so there won’t be any meta catvent cat ;)
I have started another memory project though, which I think suits better than cats which is because now I don’t have to piece up a whole new block when I want to be doing something else and can do this project when I’m doing something else, like watching TV instead of it taking up active sewing time. It looks a little something like this:
Yep, I’m making hexies! There are around 150 so far. Then that bag in the back is full of more fabric for more hexies! I bought a 2″ hexie hole punch so I can just punch into any bits of card instead of spending $5 or whatever on a handful of precut cards. Much cheaper to buy a pack of cardstock and make my own (from an A5 sheet I could get 10-12 hexies, and with a pack of 50 A5 cards that’s a good 500 there!).
It’s basically doubling up on my cats because I’ve pulled out and cut squares out of all of the same fabrics. Some are featured more than others, and I need to remember to cut and keep 2.5″ squares out of the fabrics of future projects. I figured doubling up gives me something to work on while I make new quilts! There are no plans on how I want to put this together but I do know I want to keep it scrappy. Since the amount of fabrics per project are inconsistent, I don’t really want to group them per project. Had I thought it through before actually starting I possibly could have kept it to a couple of hexie flowers per project but oh well– the more hexies I have to make the bigger my hexagon quilt will be! I am considering groups such as “2013 quilts” and then another set of “2014 quilts” and then at the end of next year I’ll have another set “2015 quilts” just so I can actually start putting them together eventually and not hold onto random hexies forever.