I’ve been so fortunate to have Jennifer’s West Indies fabrics before their release. What a privilege to stir up excitement before it hits the shops. In the last post I promised you a reveal. The colors are so vibrant it’s hard to get just the right lighting to show them off. I’ve been frustrated for days trying to get the right light, the right feel. This afternoon I tried again–with some help. I decided this was “it”.
Cat approval is the sign of a job well done. Stinka looks so relaxed here, doesn’t she? Well, don’t let that fool you.
This is what most of the shots are like. Claws out, ears back, playing with everything.
A little hide and seek.
Several pounces from behind the pillow.
There’s some special affinity between cats and fabric. Maybe one day we’ll know how to explain it scientifically. In the meantime, I’m willing to accept a magical explanation. Especially when it comes to black cats.
The center field of the quilt uses Free Spirit Designer Dapples in Fuchsia mixed with fussy cut squares and triangles. I used approximately 7/8 of a yard of Marie in yellow. Apart from a few scraps, there is nothing left of that print. The first border is Free Spirit Designer Dapples in Lemon. To keep things lively, I followed it with a pieced border. The size of these pieces varies and includes something from everything in the collection.
Because the quilt has a nostalgic feel to me, I chose to tie the center field with #5 pearl cotton in a bright yellow. I machine stitched around the borders with Rowan quilting thread. It’s the perfect size for a baby quilt, a picnic quilt or a wall hanging.
The pillow is simply pieced using four 90 degree triangles which have been fussy cut to create a kaleidoscopic effect. A simple border frames the square. You can read about the stitching on the pillow in the previous post.
There are other West Indies projects to come. Stay tuned for those. Meanwhile, call your local quilt shop and be sure they’ve placed their order for West Indies. This will be a quick selling collection. About as quick as a small black cat.