Over the past week or so, I’ve been a little blah about blogging which is why I’ve had no new posts since I haven’t written any. This is a good thing though as less time on the computer = more time actually sewing and I actually accomplished some things this week!
First though, I need to share a recent finish that I’ve been working on for a while: my Catvent! This makes it three finishes from my Finish Along goals this quarter.
After losing interest in my original catvent (from the 2013 quilt along with Elizabeth Hartman), I started a new one, using scraps from each completed quilt to make Memory cats. Each single cat represents the first 25 quilts I have made. I only symbolised quilts, and not other things, like minis.
Overall, I am glad this project is done. When I first started it, I was excited about the project, making the majority of cats all at once. Then I ran out of quilts to make cats for, so had to make a cat for each quilt I then made. At first it was fine, but after a while it felt a bit like a chore and I got behind. If I’m completely honest, I think in the end I pretty much rushed making the last few cats and putting the top together just to have it done. When I was done with a quilt, I just wanted to be done with the quilt, but having to make the cat as well felt like it was dragging that quilt on when I just wanted to move onto the next project…
From left to right (each * denotes a quilt I have given away/no longer have):
- Scrappy Zig Along*- early 2013
- Disappearing Mermaids* – early 2013
- A Walk in the Woods – mid 2013
- Road to Avalon* – late 2013
- Bungle Jungle – late 2013
- Briar Rolls – late 2013
- Sweet Jam* – late 2013
- Dreaming of Jelly – late 2013
- Santa’s Sleigh Ride Around the World – late 2013
- Layercake Lushonade – late 2013
- Orbit Around the World – early 2014
- Economy Block Along – early 2014
- Bluebird Park – early 2014
- Nocturnal Fields – mid 2014
- Treeline* – mid 2014
- Road Rage* – mid 2014
- Spanish Chains – mid 2014
- Border Inspired* – mid 2014
- Spare Change – late 2014
- Under the Sea* – late 2014
- Take Flight – late 2014
- Little Red’s Granny – late 2014
- Charity quilt* – late 2014
- Yes, Deer – late 2014
- Quite Contrary – late 2014
I do like having the reminder of my first quilts though, however some of those quilts no longer have “good memories”. The first quilt I ever made was for a co-worker before she went on maternity leave for her first child. I wouldn’t say we were friends but we were closer than other co-workers just due to being of similar age with similar circumstances (partners, wanting families, mortgages etc. compared to the others whose life revolved around uni studies, partying, random hookups). At the same time she left to have her baby I was moving house, and I gave her a few random things she had mentioned wanting that I was going to donate anyway during moving cleanup (like an unused chest of drawers). When she was due back from maternity leave, I fought with my manager to get her hours again with us and despite trying to keep in touch (she even told me “don’t be a stranger”!) when I quit that job months later, I never heard anything back from her after I had occasionally sent text messages and Facebook messages asking how she was so I just let it be. Late last year I noticed she removed me from Facebook entirely which turned on my paranoia switch about this job and how there was more going on behind my back than I ever knew and that perhaps she’d been “in” on it the whole time (long story…).
I’m not saying “I gave her stuff so she should like me” but it does feel like a kick in the gut when I went out of my way to do nice stuff for someone to help them out, purely just because to then basically be removed from that person’s life without a word. If she didn’t want or appreciate the things I did for her she could have said no and given it back/refused to take it! So now when I look at that first cat in this quilt, all those memories and feelings come rushing back, and I’m left wondering if she even liked and/or used the quilt to begin with. People in my life have complained I don’t “socialise enough” or “do enough” or whatever, and I just think of things like this, and this is why I don’t usually do those things because after I do, I get kicked in the face. So I might as well do nothing at all, and not get kicked around huh. There are similar feelings towards the second cat, just because the person it was for was another co-worker who saw the first quilt I made and wanted one for his own daughter.
On the brightside though, despite the bad, making those two quilts for co-workers gave me the push and a reason to actually finish a quilt. Neither were the first quilts I had started, but they were the first I finished and if it weren’t for them, then I possibly may have never even finished a quilt ever and wouldn’t be here, quilting and blogging, now.
For the quilting, each cat is quilted differently with the design I used to quilt the actual quilt. So my Jelly Roll Jam with Daydreams was quilted in a stipple and my Christmas Scrappy Trip Along was quilted with matchstick quilting. The charity quilt had loopy boxes and my re-worked Oh Deer quilt had a spiral.
I’m not entirely happy with how the quilting came out. I’m not sure if it’s because I should have done stitch in the ditch around the sashing first or not, but parts of the sashing came out poofy whereas other parts are flat. The poofy parts really annoy me. You can kind of see the poofy difference above, in the sashing above the spiral quilting.
For the back, I used this thin drill fabric featuring cat memes and vintage ads, which I had also used on my Kitten Mini Swap backing. The binding is from V and Co’s first line and was what I was planning to use with my Supernova and changed my mind because I didn’t like how random the stripes became because of the zig zag. Since I had it cut up and prepared as binding, I just used it for this instead, because why not.
So, that’s my first 25 quilts memory project. I am continuing my memory project but it’s pretty slow going since it’s just hexies, but I find it more feasible in terms of a memory quilt since I can just do it while watching TV instead of having to allocate extra time to the project!
I know my catvent has inspired some others to do a memory block project as well. How are you all going with that?!
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