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Monday, September 5, 2011

"Makes Me Happy Monday"

Hello and a "Happy Monday" to everyone.

I am so excited that I have finished "Catnip". The sun has been playing hide and seek with the clouds today so the colours show up a bit different in each photo. I can guarantee that it is a very bright Happy quilt.


I started the hand quilting on  the evening of Friday 12th August and finished that on Friday 2nd September. A little bit each day kept me motivated to finish it. Then the binding was sewn on and I put the last buttons on this morning. I didn't realise how long it took to sew the buttons on. This was the quilt I had almost completed the quilting by machine and unpicked because I didn't like it. I am so Happy to have done that.



I changed the design around a little leaving out the mice that were originally in the pattern. I do not do mice.
I also added the doll faces and the border was completely different. I added flowers and paw-prints and some machine embroidery with the words Catnip and Meow.


I used the fat quarters that I received with my Homespun Magazine subscription last year. The lime green fabric was from the 7 metre length that I got from Goody Sammy's for the sum of a dollar earlier on in the year. I used the same pink that is on the binding for the backing.


The pattern was in Australian Homespun Yearbook Volume No. 92 (Vol 12.1). The quilt is one of Toni Alexander designs.


I have thoroughly loved working on this quilt and adding my own personal touches to it. Near the end of it I was going a bit slower because I didn't want to finish it. Not that that is a bad thing I was enjoying working on it and it will feel strange not having it on my lap in the evening,quilting it.
"Happiness is a completed quilt"

I hope you have a very "Happy Monday"
Bev C


26 comments:

Karen said...

It looks so wonderful. The colours are wonderful and I like the personal touches you added. What a wonderful quilt to enjoy!!

shez said...

what a fantastic quilt,well done Bev

Celia said...

That is such a cute quilt. My daughter would love it (she loves cats)and the green goes so well... I'll have to get the pattern.Celia

marina said...

what a fantastic finish!
It is lovely and bright, so cheerful.
Well done!

Christine M said...

Your quilt is lovely Bev. The colours are so bright and happy!

Melody said...

What an adorable quilt. I bet Toni will be thrilled when she sees your version. I bought the magazine just for this pattern when it came out. Think it will have to go on my To Do list later this year.
You did a wonderful job - no wonder you sound so happy.

Sue said...

Well done Bev, Catnip is gorgeous. I'm going to make it one day too. I love Toni's designs and this one is especially nice. It's so nice to hand quilt it too.

Jeanette said...

The quilt is so beautiful. I love the bright colours you used. Happy Stitching,

Simone de Klerk said...

You have made it your quilt, Bev! Beautiful.

Fiona said...

Oh Bev... I love it.... happy and unique and just special....
I love Toni's designs... I am doing the doggy one...
Hugz

Sharon said...

What a fun and happy quilt! It turned out wonderful! I don't do mice either. ;-) Don't like the little critters.

Sally said...

It is fantastic. So vibrant.
I don't do mice either. Urk. My children insist on visiting the mice everytime we walk past our local pet shop. Double urk!

Terriaw said...

Yay, what a gorgeous finish! Love it! I am impressed you finished the hand quilting so quickly. Probably would have taken me years!

Maria said...

Oh I just love your Catnip Quilt. It is just such a happy quilt. does it have a home yet??
I must get my out of the bag. LOL

Sue said...

That is the cutest, sweetest quilt! How fun! And what an accomplishment to say I'm finished!
It's been a while since I've been able to say that :P

Farm Girl said...

Fabulous Bev - it is wonderful. Good on you for sticking with it and getting it finished!

Tarnyia said...

Absolutely awesome Bev... wonderful colours and a wonderful finish... love all your special touches you made too xxx

Maree: said...

Your Quilt looks Great Bev...Love the Colours..
cheers

rosie said...

Hi Bev, your catnip quilt has turned out beautifully.. you should be so pleased.. wonder what you are going to do now??
Have a wonderful day...

Michelle Ridgway said...

A feast of fantastic fabric felines there Bev. Great job!

Michelle said...

Your quilt it cute very happy and cheerful! You may just have to make another one so you have something to work on in the evenings!

Notjustnat said...

Really cute kitty quilt (my daughter is Kit). Love the happy colour for Monday - Hugs Nat

Val said...

The quilt is fantastic. I love all the bright colours. What a great finish.

Melissa said...

That is extremely cute!!

Barb said...

Your quilt is sooooooooooooo adorable!!!

Toni said...

Oh wow! it turned out so well! you will have to make up the templates for the extra stuff so people can get them from you :oD I especially love the girls!!! just wonderful Bev. have a lovely weekend, toni xxx