Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cat Scrap Fever

 Five Flimsies.  

I was the lucky winner this quarter of the Stashbuster Yahoo Group's UFO Challenge. The prize was 40 fat quarters.  When they arrived I sorted them into various project boxes and a lot of brights and tone on tones ended up in the fabrics I set aside to use in donation quilts. With the fabric refresh and win I really felt like I should share the bounty and make some donation quilts. But what to make...what to make? 

Then the bout of Cat Scrap Fever hit and  I had an overwhelming urge to dig into the cat themed novelty scraps (pieces less than a FQ).  Scraps were ends of fabric, pieces leftover from making other quilts, charms from a variety of swaps and some pieces from the thrift store. 

Puss in the Corner 
60 x 75

 I started with the bigger scraps.  These are 9.5 inch centers and brights. I made what else but... Puss in the Corner blocks!  The blocks ended up at 15 inches finished. 
Puss in the Corner
40 x 60

These Puss in the Corner blocks have 6.5 inch colorful cats in the centers and the blocks finish at 10 inches. 

Happy Cats
40 x 60
 While I was in the brights and 6.5 inch pieces I made some Happy Blocks to add to a few Happy Blocks with cats made long ago.   The blocks finish at 10 inches.  
Cats in Neutral Territory
60 x 80

  This block is also called Puss in the Corner.  I used some of the less colorful 6.5 inch cat scraps and some black, brown and gray bits and pieces for frames.  The blocks finish at 10 inches. 
Mendota Cats
40 x 60

Working my way down in scrap size I used just three old pieces of fabric to frame these 5 inch centers in a 10 inch block.  The Sunshine Online Quilt guild has named this block Mendota.  It is a block they are making now for quilts to be assembled at a 2019 retreat in Mendota, MN.  Quilts will go to Wrap-A-Smile or Quilts Beyond Borders when finished. 
The Cat Scrap Fever subsided before I had the urge to work with any scraps smaller than 5 inches.  

I'm glad Cat Scrap Fever is not a CATastrophic illness. 


Run 'n Stitch said...

What fun projects with your UFOs and your cat fabrics. I love the names you chose for each of the quilts.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Wow! Your fever resulted in a lovely pile of quilt tops. Each one is so happy and bright. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

gayle said...

WOW! I'm flabbergasted (flabbercatted?) at how many cat scraps you have! (Or had...)
And just WOW again at how gorgeous your cats grew up to be!

Janie said...

Variations on a theme! How exciting, true improv at its best.
The photo is perfect, showing them all together.
Nice work, Cathy.

Linda said...

Well, I'm speechless! How long did it take you assemble these quilts???!!! I know you won the FQs but you still had to cut centres, frames, put rows together etc etc. And the maths too! Goodness I've got a headache thinking about it. 🎃

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your Cat Scrap Fever was very productive! I really like the Puss in the Corner blocks, probably because of the corners!

Quilting Babcia said...

Wowsers, that's a lot of cats! They will make some folks very happy! Congrats on the big win of FQ's!

Julierose said...

Gosh--all lovely--but my fave is Cats in Neutral Territory...
Certainly not a catastrophe lol hugs, Julierose

Pamela said...

Too fun! I just love all the cat fabrics! Just purrfect!

The Joyful Quilter said...

CATalyst for a quilt series? AWESOME!!!

Pamela Arbour said...

oh wow. love all of them

mangozz said...

You must have loads of extra space in your house from the finishes of all of your flimsies and quilts this year! Congrats on winning the fat quarter bundle!

MissPat said...

Oh how fun. First you win all those fat quarters and then you put them to work right away. I have a bag of mostly kid prints (lots of Charlie Brown/Snoopy) that came from a deceased quilter. The bag has been sitting next to my cutting table for months (I did make a H2H quilt with some of it). So you've given me a plan, now to find time to execute it. Bravo!

Cathy said...

I’m practically CATatonic over your productivity! Just WOW!! I don’t think I could get even one lap quilt out of my cat scraps, but you got five of them and still didn’t use scraps under 5”!! Now Darla and Alfie are giving me the stink-eye, wondering thy their mom CAThy isn’t sewing with cat fabric like the Cat Scrap Fever CAThy.

Louise said...

These are all just the cat's pajamas! So many fun fabrics and great blocks :)

beth s said...

You have a way with scraps! Great set of quilts

Nann said...

Wonderful, wonderful.

Emily said...

Wow, now I wish I had a fever!!! These are awesome and I am so impressed that your fever carried you through 5 quilts! Super, super fun! And as always, your names are purrr-fect!

karenbbsnow said...

Awesome quilts, so fun. Great idea to pay it forward with charity quilts.