Saturday, June 15, 2013

Week 42 Cats and Mice

I completed my first quilt in June 1994, after I signed up for a machine-quilting class at the urging of a co-worker.  The class was taught by Lois Smith at the closest quilt shop to me at the time, Seminole Sampler, in Catonsville Maryland. Here's a photo of it taken maybe 10 years ago, when it was in slightly better shape than it is now -

That sampler quilt contained a 12 inch version of this week's Cats and Mice block -

When I took the class, I was planning to make one more quilt - this one was just practice.  I hope my skills have improved since 1994, because I've certainly made quite a few more since then!

This week was one of those times I just ignored the history and tried to make a pretty block.

Just before I started cutting the Cats and Mice block with a different set of fabrics, I changed directions.  I wanted to use the pretty lemon striped fabric again and these large triangles may be my best opportunity.  There are only seven more blocks in the series.  My setting requires  an additional three after those, but I don't know yet which ones they will be. I spent a lot of my morning looking at fabrics and photos and contemplating the family stories I still have to tell - there are a lot of decisions to go. Time to use the lemons and get one decision out of the way!


Anna Banana said...

Are those citrus blossoms in the center? You succeeded in making a very pretty block!
I'm rather fond of those lemons...

Dorry said...

This is very effective with the lemons peeking out from behind he center. This week's history lesson was rather gruesome so you did well to ignore it.

Vicki W said...

I love how you used the lemon fabric!