Cat Faces Quilt

In this tutorial, I will show how I made my Cat Quilt!  This is a whimsical art quilt that incorporates machine appliqué.  I have always been a cat person! I wouldn’t go as far to say that I’m a “Cat Lady” because I only have one cat.    I had so much fun making this truly unique quilt.  Let me show you how I made it!

Learn all about making a Cat Faces Quilt! See how the finished quilt turns out! #CatFacesQuilt #RawEdgeApplique #ModernQuilts #SewMuchMoore

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The Cat Faces concept and process is an original idea by Melissa Averinos.  I took a full day class with Melissa, who is a wonderful instructor.  If you ever get a chance to learn from Melissa – I highly recommend her! You can learn more about Melissa RIGHT HERE.

I truly enjoyed getting to know Melissa and learning about her process. This article is just a simple overview of what her full day class covered. Be sure to check out Melissa on her website!

Designing the cats

Line Drawing for Cat Faces Quilt. This is the first step in the design process for the Cat Faces Quilt. See how the finished quilt turns out! #CatFacesQuilt #RawEdgeApplique #ModernQuilts #SewMuchMoore

Melissa instructed us to make simple line drawings of cat faces. As you can see – I will not be doing any tutorials on drawing! LOL! Actually, the simpler the drawing – the easier it is to make out of fabric!

Creating the Cat

The second part of the process was cutting out the fabric and layering the different elements of the cat face.  We initially used a washable glue stick, but later I added Misty Fuse to make the pieces more secure.

Using a temporary adhesive, such as a glue stick, helped me decide how I wanted each cat face to look. Check out the progression of this cat… Just by moving his eyelids – he takes on an entirely different appearance!

Raw Edge Applique

Check out my Cat Faces Quilt and see how I quilted it! See how the finished quilt turns out! #CatFacesQuilt #RawEdgeApplique #ModernQuilts #SewMuchMoore

I used my J-350 LongArm Quilting machine to quilt this project.  The 18” throat space gives me loads of room to move the quilt underneath the needle.

Initially I spent way too much time worrying about how I was going to quilt this project.  In the end, I decided to leave the edges raw.  My thinking is that because this is a wall hanging – I wont need to worry too much about the fabric fraying.

This quilting machine is truly wonderful, especially for smaller sewing spaces.  What’s really nice is that the head of the machine is completely removable and can be attached to a quilting frame.  I’m sure that when my kids are all grown and finished with college, I will be able to take over one of their bedrooms!

I used my open toe foot and also my ruler foot. I switched feet when it made sense and I was happy with the results. I don’t even know why I spent so much time worrying about how to quilt this quilt!

WATCH THE VIDEO

Be sure to watch my video tutorial and checkout some of the tips in action!

Stay tuned for my next installment of this quilt. I will be using striped binding to finish it off! Be sure to sign up for my weekly Newsletter and you won’t miss a post! You can signup below!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

 

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Make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt

In case you didn’t know….Bella Strega means “Good Witch” in Italian.  After taking a local class on the Bella Strega Quilt Pattern, I knew I had to share this project with you all.  I first saw this done at a local Show & Tell for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  The project was done by a new member, Angel, and I was complete captivated!  I kept saying, “that is amazing!  I need to make one of those!”  A year went by and our Schoolhouse Chair organized a workshop.  I was the FIRST to signup for the sold out class.  The project took one day (I cheated and sewed together my background before class).  I quilted it up the next weekend and had it ready in time for Halloween!  Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt of your own!

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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Bella Strega – Materials List

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Tracing the pattern

This tracing pattern is based upon original line drawings, by Laurie Ceesay Landree.  These drawings are meant to be traced, fused to fabric, and then cut.  If you already have a light box, then go ahead and use that for tracing your pattern.  You can also use a sunny window.  I had the opportunity to try out a CutterPillar LightPad and can’t tell you enough good things about this product!  This lightpad has 3 settings for brightness and never gets hot to the touch.  Each size option comes with a see-through cutting surface, which also makes this product ideal for fussy cutting and foundation paper piecing.

Below is a picture of our workshop instructor, Angel, as she is tracing a student’s project.  Since I used Parchment Paper and Misty Fuse, I traced the drawing onto the paper first.  I was careful to include the name of each piece so that I wouldn’t get confused.  Then, I sandwiched the Misty Fuse between the paper and the fabric and used my hot iron to adhere the fusible webbing to my fabric. This was the perfect time to use my Teflon sheet and ensure that I don’t get the fusible web on anything (like my hot iron or pressing mat).

Tracing a pattern on a CutterPillar Light Pad!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Using Misty Fuse

A good friend of mine introduced me to Misty Fuse.  I met the owner of Misty Fuse, Iris, at a Regional Quilt Festival and was anxious to see what all the buzz was about.  In the past, I had used stiffer fusible products and my needle always gummed up when I sewed my project together.  Check out this video introduction on Misty Fuse and try some on your next project!

Line Drawing assembly

The Bella Strega pattern includes an assembly diagram, so it goes together nicely.  Once all the pieces are situated, then they just get pressed onto the background with a hot iron.  The image below shows my outline fabric on my background patchwork.  This is how far I got in the workshop.  I carefully rolled up my project and took it home for quilting.

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

finishing touches

Now that the top was finished, I just needed to decide on my quilting design and how I wanted to finish the project.  I used my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP to quilt the outline and the background.  Since my Longarm allows me to freely move my project under the needle, I was able to easily stitch the outline fabric in place.  Once I had the outline secured, I decided on a few different quilting techniques to finish the quilt.  I used Free Motion Quilting in the hair and the hat.  For the rest of the background, and the face/neck, I used a Non-Slip ruler to make lines and cross-hatching.  I finished the quilt with some flange binding.  What do you think?

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

The Bella Strega Schoolhouse was definitely a success!  The pattern designed mentioned that she had never seen a Bella Strega done in solid fabrics before (everyone has made them with a variety of prints).  I think they all look marvelous!  Look at all these beautiful witches!

The entire class enjoyed the workshop! These are made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you decide to try one of Laurie Ceesay Landree’s patterns.  She has many great patterns to choose from!  I bought the Winter Bella pattern and will be trying that one next!  Be sure to share your progress or completed project in my Facebook Group and don’t forget to check out my fabric shop for some excellent fabric options!

Happy Quilting!

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