Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cat Patches July NewFO

I thought seeing my specialty is starting new projects I would join in Cat Patches NewFO linkup this month :)  You can see what everyone else has been up to here or just click on the picture below!

First up I finally started my French General quilt.  I bought it as a kit, then lost the pattern, then found the pattern but lost the fabric, then found the fabric but couldn't find the pattern.  BUT then I realised the pattern was a free download from Moda so after all that I started cutting and sewing before I lost it again :)  In my defense we did move house in between the lost and found saga.

So most of the blocks are done (some need pressing as you can see!) and I have started assembling the rows.  I did run out of the red fabric and ordered some more but when it arrived it was not quite the same.  It is an older line, but luckily I loved it so much I have a FQ bundle as well so will pinch the red from that :)

Next up are some blocks I started making with a fat eighth bundle of Just Wing It.  I have 3 blocks done so far.  The yellow background is a Basic Grey grunge fabric, I really love the texture and grunge is definitely my go-to background fabric rather than a solid, especially now it is available in so many colors!  I definitely need more practice sewing curves, these blocks are quite small at 8" finished, so the curves are pretty tight, I don't have so much trouble with larger curves.  I avoided hand appliqueing circles in the middle by stitching triangles to each corner before joining them :)

And then I went to the craft show in Melbourne during July and did a couple of classes.  First up was the Babylock class where we made a makeup purse completely on the overlocker, including the gathering, piping and inserting the zipper!  This is a start and a finish :)

And another class and another start and finish is this little Japanese pouch, it was so much fun to make, even though it was completely handsewn and I generally avoid handsewing at all costs!  The hardware used on it is so cute and is really unusual!

So that's it for June!  And don't forget to see what everyone else has started on the Cat Patches blog right here!


  1. What fun projects! You've been busy!

  2. I know exactly what you mean about finding the parts and pieces of your French General quilt. We retired and moved into our condo 2 years ago. It's only 1400 sq ft and I can't find my 6 boxes of DMC thread!

  3. Your french general is really lovely....had i known you needed some i had a fat quarter bundle and yardage i gave to a local quilt guild.....and that was just last week