Monday, October 22, 2018

It's a Finish! The Owl and the Pussycat

 The Owl and the Pussycat
At sunrise
40 x 60
Machine quilted on my DSM with spirals

If I can find the old book Owl and the Pussycat (it's around here somewhere) I'll put it with the quilt in the hope chest for great grandchildren.  I've made several quilts that go with old children's books for the hope chest - Velveteen Rabbit, Ten Apples Up on Top and I think another one I can't remember right now. 

If I can't find the book (I have several bookcases full of children's books here and there throughout the house I need to check) I guess I could make a quilt label with the poem on it. 

I posted yesterday about flimsies I just made that used cat scraps. I actually started to try to use some cat and owl scraps back in March 2017 when I started making these Sawtooth Stars.  Sometimes things just get stalled around here. 

I used a piece of flannel I washed several times for the back. Flannel seems to shrink a lot. I had just enough of the polka dots for binding with just a little piece leftover. It was meant to be. 

You can kind of see the spiral quilting. Hey, I'm finally getting better at those spirals but I still need to work a little on consistent size and spacing. 

And in an effort to have no scrap left behind...
I usually like to make Flying Geese for the star points on Sawtooth Stars but for some reason I used the flippy corner method to make these stars.  When I do that I just eyeball the 1/4 inch seam and lop off the extra. I figure no need to actually measure because the seam is already sewn and I don't care if the extra fabric left is cut accurately at 1/4 inch or not.  And I don't like to take the time to sew a 1/4 inch seam to make a bonus HST.  So, I'm left with lots of "waste triangles".  I sometimes throw them in with crumbs if they are big enough or keep them separately in a waste triangle box.   At any rate... I'm trying to use up scraps now as they are made so I put the eight waste triangles with a center 3 inch square in order to make some Wonky Stars when the urge strikes.   I have to cut yardage for the 8 three inch pieces for the rest of the star.    And when I'm finished with the three inch pieces I'll cut those scraps in half and put them in the 1.5 inch scrap bin since three  inches is not a size of scrap I keep in a bin. I normally don't have a lot of 3 inch scraps. I have a few projects in the works that use the 1.5 inch scraps.  

So that's just a little about how scraps get made, used and stored and then used around here. 

Wonky Stars. 
They finish at 7.5 inches.

And they are fun and easy to make. 
I'll have enough for a small quilt in no time!


Linda said...

Crumbs, there's no stopping you! Love your Owl and Pussycat quilt. Super idea to put in the Hope Chest with the story for future great grandchildren. Great Wonky Stars too.

Louise said...

Such a fun finish! I hope you find the book to go with it :)

---"Love" said...

Looks really good, and the backing and binding are perfect for it! ---"Love"

MissPat said...

I have a mountain of waste triangles which would probably make a gazillion wonky stars. I thought about throwing the waste triangles into crumb blocks but haven't used many that way yet. Perhaps I should just throw them away or give them to the dog bed lady or mail them to you. Ah, decisions, decisions.

mangozz said...

What a fun and colorful quilt for a child! That spiral quilting looks fun also. I'll have to try that myself. Wow, you sure know how to use and store scraps. I wish I were that organized.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A wonderful quilt for a little one, and I really love your idea of including the book too!

Vicki in MN said...

A great finish and great idea to put the book with it. Good for you using your scraps right away.

Nann said...

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Susie H said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of making quilts to go along with children's books. Such a thoughtful gift! I think your quilting looks terrific. We are our own worst critics! Go easy on yourself -- it's beautiful!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Waste not, want not!!

QuiltGranma said...

Love the quilt! Check amazon or some such for the books you are after. They will be a wonderful remembrance of Grandma who made the quilts.

gayle said...

There you go again - a beautiful quilt and inspiration for even more!

Leanne said...

I read that book/poem to my kids, it was such a favourite. Lovely quilt! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2018 global FAL hosts.

felicity said...

This quilt jumped right out at me from the link up. I LOVE scrappy bright backgrounds for blocks. I use the same stitch/flip method for flying geese including the eyeballing of the seam allowance.