Friday, December 10, 2021

Tic Tac Cat

Here it is - my very special kitty applique quilt, Tic Tac Cat.

cat appliques in various arrangements

Though I don't know the exact year, I think these hand stitched cat appliques were probably started back in 2012, give or take a year or two. I say that because that was my hand stitching period, and, just like Mediterranean Rose, these sat in a drawer, waiting, this time for about 10 years.

I do remember what fun it was, tracing cat silhouettes in EQ6, then playing with the positioning so that they would make an interesting ring design. Unfortunately, due to EQ upgrades, I can't find my original files. All I have are some incomplete printouts, and no notes has to how I ultimately made the ring in fabric.

From the very first few blocks, this quilt has always been called Tic Tac Cat - the arrangement of the blocks reminds me of tic tac toe. If you look at, you'll see a ring made from the four middle blocks on each edge. Each of those blocks contains cat silhouettes that make a ring or the 'O'. There are big empty spaces inside, which I filled with crosshatching.

cat silhouettes in a ring

                                                    Ring 1

cat silhouettes in a ring

                                                     Ring 2

cat silhouettes in a ring

                                                       Ring 3

cat silhouettes in a ring

                                                         Ring 4

The 'X's are the five remaining blocks, in the corners and the very center. These blocks have (not so perfect!) echo stitching in the centers.

cat silhouettes in an x shape

                                                      X 1

cat silhouettes in an x

                                                     X 2

cat silhouettes in an x

                                                 X 3

cat silhouettes in an x

                                                     X 4

cat silhouettes in an x

                                                   X 5

As for the border quilting? Rather traditional, with swags, piano keys, and stippling.

swag border quilting

And that pretty much wraps up Tic Tac Cat, a UFO now out of the drawer and hanging in my front entryway so that I can see it every day. Gotta love those kitties!!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I love this quilt! So cute - great for a cat lover! Hugs have the best week-end you can. Hugs

  2. What a clever quilt! I'm not a cat lover, but even I can appreciate this quilt...I love hand applique so I appreciate this quilt!

  3. Cute quilt, and cute cats! Well done with all the silhouettes, and I love the background fabric too!
    Thank you for sharing and linking up ;)


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