So, what did I do with my little cat? Well, first of all I made him some friends (not that my cat Basil is generally very keen on the idea of friends!).
All of these cute little patterns come from Yoko Saito's lovely book, 'My Quilting Life'. She uses them on a humourous quilt, but I decided to just try out a few of the designs and put them on a little basket. I used plaid fabric and wool and a little cotton for the whole project. I love stitching in wool, it is so informal and forgiving and gives a homespun look that is cosy and welcoming. I backed all the pieces with muslin and some batting and quilted them on the machine to give the basket sides some structure and texture.
I put the pieces together to make the basket and then lined it with some gorgeous Amy Butler Fabric from her 'Belle' range.
I used template plastic to reinforce the sides, and if I made another one, I think I would use stronger card to give the sides a bit more strength. I put this old bag handle on to help pull it all together, and despite the fact that it was a struggle to fix on, I think it works well in making the whole thing look finished. It turned out pretty well though and is perfect for a cheerful 'next project' basket. Needless to say that I filled it up instantly!!!!!
Also just wanted to show you something which is a new discovery for me and I cannot recommend them enough. If you do alot of hand sewing, especially applique and you don't like wearing a thimble - these are absolutely brilliant.
You simply pop one on your finger and paticularly when you have those tougher seams to join, which involve stitching through several layers of fabric and batting, these help enormously.
I got these from Sue Spargo's wonderful website www.suespargo.com. They are inexpensive and reusable and in my opinion, a star buy. Happy Weekend to everyone. Ruby x