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Block 4 stitched – tick.

Block 4 pressed – tick.

Block 4 pieced – tick.

Block 4 of Bronywn Hayes’ Catalicious BOM is called “Brutus with Sue and Cynthia”. This photo doesn’t show the colour very well, but the dark fabric is an aubergine colour, with the other print a buttercup-y sort of colour.

I thought this was going to pretty quick to stitch, but it seemed to take me a little longer than I estimated. But not to worry . . . I’m enjoying seeing all the blocks come together . And I think I’m enjoying satin stitch! If you’re like me and struggle a bit with this stitch and you haven’t seen this tutorial from Melly, check it out and give her technique a try – it worked for me!

So, that’s Block 1 – Brutus The Cat

Block 2 – Friends

and Block 3 – Sisters

I’m trying to use supplies on hand for this project, which is pretty satisfying. These Sawtooth Star blocks will be 18 1/2″ square (finished).  I don’t usually work with large blocks, so this is a bit of a change for me and I must say, I like seeing progress in the large sizes!

I’ve had a lovely time this week stitching Block 2 of the Catalicious Quilt from Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly who is generously offering up a design a month for the stitching pleasure of us all in blogland.

This block was stitched with wonderfully named “Raspberry Parfait” thread from The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. (It’s hard to know if the colour or the name holds more attraction with some of these threads!)

I like stitching in one colour, and with these threads being variegated I still get a bit of interest with the colour . . .

I really like the way this block has turned out. It’s certainly got a bit more oompha than the first block (colour-wise), but I’m happy with both really. The first block hasn’t photograped all that well – it does look much brighter in real life . . .

I’m still keeping with my endeavor to use supplies that I have on hand and am looking forward to using some of the lovely reproduction fabrics that I have in my stash with this bed runner – I’m planning to make a runner for the end of the bed (where the cat in our lives seems to spend a good portion of her days). She’s a bit of a quilting companion, so this will be in honour of her!

It seems like such a long wait until block 3 next month . . . I guess I’ll just have to find something else to go on with – something from the long list of unfinished projects!

Well, I really enjoyed the stitchery I started on Friday night . . . and just kept right on stitching over the weekend!

And the first block is finished. I always like the look of the Saw Tooth Star . . . and it goes together pretty quickly, too.

My plan is to use fabrics from my fabric club stash  . . . and the wonderful variegated embroidery threads that I have have been the inspiration for the colours . . .

I’m looking forward to next month’s design from Bronywn Hayes . . . and who knows – maybe it will time nicely for next month’s Sew-In. Stayed tuned . . .

Well I had plans for what I was going to work on last night for the Sew-In . . . and at the last minute I changed my mind!

No, I didn’t (potentially) finish the Little Pretties quilt that’s been hanging around for a while.

No, I didn’t make any headway with the folded circles quilt that I dragged out of the box and worked on during the week.

Instead, I decided to start ANOTHER project!

While not quite in keeping with my plans to finish what I’ve currently got on the go, I did use what I had on hand. That counts for something, right?

I started on the Bronywn Hayes stitchery I mentioned  here. I’m going to make a runner to go on the end of the bed, where the cat seems to spend her days. I’ve decided to use fabrics in my stash from the fabric club at Patchwork on Stonleigh to make Saw Tooth Star blocks, with the stitchery as the centre.

So . . . I gathered these (I just love the names of these delicious threads – I mean, who can go past Raspberry Parfait?)

and this

to make this

And then I got to work!

We didn’t really feel like watching anything and, as it turned out we didn’t really feel like listening to anything, so I stitched and my (passive) craft buddy for the evening (who throws in the odd stitching reference for good measure – “is that blanket stitch you’re doing there Sue?”)  browsed the internet. We enjoyed a very pleasant evening in companionable quiet . . .

The fruits of my evening’s labour were not quite as bountiful as I might have hoped, but I made a good start . . . and I enjoyed the meditative time that seems to come with stitching.

Funnily enough, the cat that who usually comes out to play on any quilt in progress made her presence known, not by playing with the fabric (since it was such a small piece and I did happen to be holding it the whole time), but by meowing at the door with frustrating regularity to go out . .  then come in . . then go out . . then come in . . so in her own little way, she didn’t miss out on the fun!

Maybe next month I’ll be working on the next stitchery for this little project . . .

Hope you had a pleasant evening stitching in your world.

Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly is very generously offering up some “Catalicious” stitcheries on her blog over the coming months and the first one is available now!

What better way to celebrate our feline quilting companions . . . so click on over to Bronywn’s blog and check it out.

Our cat, Squeaker, seems to have inbuilt tracking for when a quilt is in progress. It doesn’t matter where she is, if a quilt-in-progress comes out, she comes from where ever she’s been . . .

Even when she was tiny, before she progressed to actual quilts, she made a bee-line for quilting magazines!

It has been said that it’s easy to tell which quilts are finished and which still have some work to be done – look for the one with the cat laying on it!

And I’ve tried giving her her own piece of quilty goodness, but no, she wants whatever I’m working on.

There have been times I’ve had to lock her OUT of the room because she’s driven me nuts when I’ve been trying to lay out a quilt or do some piecing, but when it’s all said and done, I don’t think I’d be without my ‘quilt cat’.

What creatures keep you company on your crafty endeavours?

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Welcome to Sue's World. I'm a wife and a mother to 2 great grown-ups, living in Canberra, Australia.

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