Finished Handmade Kitty Quilting Sewing Work in Progress

A fishing net cut up and a flower too


I started this quilt in March.  And not the very end of March either, this was very much the middle of March by the time I posted about it, and I’d done quite a bit by that point.

But now, it is finished.

Not the quilt, not even just the quilt top, but the cutting.  And while usually I’d consider the cutting out stage to be merely a precursor to the piecing, in this case I think it merits a hurrah all of it’s own.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

The fabric is almost all Birch Fabrics’ Marine Too; I bought a lovely big fabric bundle of it when it first came out, added a few little extra pieces, and then bought a couple of lengths of Kona solids when I thought I’d found a pattern for it, until I realised that the blocks were on point and all the fishes would be swimming uphill.  And so it sat in the cupboard until this Spring when I pulled it out with both a plan and a set of templates.

It’s going to be a triangle quilt.  I think I’m having a thing for triangle quilts at the moment; judging by my Pinterest quilt board I’m going to be piecing points for many years to come. And I’m starting with one that in the current plan is triangles, more triangles, wadding, backing and binding. There may be borders but I’ll decide that nearer the time.

In March I’d just started cutting out the big 6″ central triangles, using the very handy Tri-Rec tool, and when I’d finished 208 of those I started on the solids.

The idea in my head is that it will have a sort of fishing net look to it, whales, submarines and sunshine all caught in a bright blue net and to make that, each central triangle has two right angled triangles sewn to the diagonals to turn it into a square, and then all the blocks come together nicely – well that’s the plan anyway.

So for 208 triangle, I’m sure you can do the maths.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

I got to 396 before the fabric ran out.  And while it would be easy enough to get more Kona solids, and even a slight dye lot variation wouldn’t matter too much because I’ve got two colours in the solids anyway, it turns out that 198 blocks will make a very tidy 11×18 arrangement, and if I decide that it looks too long and skinny, I’ll buy some more and make up the last few blocks.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

So today I am celebrating that after months of cutting out 604 individual triangles, I’m done. Possibly for every and definitely for now. Now I get to start the sewing, the machine has thread, I’ve fitted a new needle and I’m off.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

But while I plodded through the last bits of cutting out, I pulled out one of my stash of Mollie Makes cover kits for some instant gratification.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

A little bit of tracing around a jam jar lid, some cutting, folding, hand sewing, hand sewing again because I’d been too enthusiastic on the first time around, and finally glueing and I have a pretty flower brooch.

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

Space for the Butterflies - Fishing Net and Flower

Well at least I think I have it, Miss Kitty has some serious designs on it but as it’s a great way to use up and show off some beautiful scraps I think I might have to make her one of her own.  Wouldn’t it be fun to make her a flower with leftovers from all of the dresses I’ve sewn for her over the years.  I think I might need to go clasp shopping.

Oh and just in case you too have a stash of Mollie Makes’ kits in a pile waiting for a rainy day, the envelope on the back of this one says that the instructions are in issue 40; they’re not, they’re in 39, and the project that says 39 is in 40!

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  • barnraised (Jen) 17/07/2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m worn out just thinking about all that cutting 🙂

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:45 pm

      It’s taken me since March, I’ve really not been over exerting myself!

  • erica 17/07/2015 at 7:41 am

    Can’t wait to see your quilt…your hands must hurt from all that cutting!!!

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:44 pm

      I did it in lots of stages so thay aren’t too bad but my templates heve suffered rather impressively for short use!!

  • Gina 17/07/2015 at 8:00 am

    All that cutting. Well done. I tend to cut some and then sew and then cut some more. I very rarely cut a whole quilt out in one go.

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:43 pm

      I wanted to see how many triangles in each colour I could get before I went any further otherwise I take a similar tack but as they aren’t even and I think varigated would be fun, that’s what we’re doing!

  • Lotta 17/07/2015 at 11:58 am

    Wow, some serious cutting! Will look forward to seeing it when it’s finished – no pressure! 🙂

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:41 pm

      Well slowly but surely wins the race!

  • Yanic 17/07/2015 at 12:19 pm

    Ah yes! I’ve been in situations before (many times actually) that the cutting took so long I needed a break or a different project after. LOL!But my goodness, those colors are beautiful. Can’t to see how it turns out!

    Love the brooch. I had found a tutorial for them using old buttons and scrap fabric last year. We’ve made many since. My daughter loves tracing the circles. 🙂

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:41 pm

      I think it’s the love of the patterned fabric that carried me through, otherwise solids, even in delicious teal, might have been just too much for me!

  • Ivona 17/07/2015 at 1:03 pm

    The brooch looks really nice. Making a quilt is something that I would like to do some day when I have bit of time in between making toys. Can’t wait to see your quilt.

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:40 pm

      oh go for it- it is completely addictive though!

  • suzy Mae 17/07/2015 at 3:22 pm

    The brooch is so sweet. What a great memento to make one out of outgrown Mama made dresses!
    I applaud you for your patience cutting out all those triangles. The end result will be well worth the effort though.

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:40 pm

      I think I might make it a secret birthday present for her – she’ll probably see her birthday jumper being knitted – at least she will if she wants to wear it this winter!

  • Jessy @ Our Side of the Mountain 17/07/2015 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn to quilt. There’s something special about a quilt…But I never could get my sewing machine to work. (I gifted it to a woman in our church who is disabled, looking for a creative outlet, but not having money for a machine.) Instead, afghans! LOL I can crochet! Love the flower pin! Adorable fabric!

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:39 pm

      Well at least you know it’s being loved where it was longed for most! I’m ambi-crafty so I have a weakness for a good crochet blanket too, though my ripple blanket is very slow growing!

  • LauraCYMFT 17/07/2015 at 3:37 pm

    Wow, that little brooch is gorgeous! I can’t even thread a needle LOL I wish I could be more creative like that.

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:38 pm

      I have a theory that everyone is creative, just in different ways; I can knit and sew and quilt and all sorts of things but I’m terrible at putting together really beautiful well accesorised outfits – and I know from your pictures you are!!

  • Kim 17/07/2015 at 9:04 pm

    Love the brooch, we made something similar and turned them into magnets 🙂

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:34 pm

      Oh that’s a good idea, and possibly a future destination for this one, I love making things like this but so rarely get a chance to wear them!

  • Jasmine 20/07/2015 at 8:50 pm

    Your flower is super cute! Have fun piecing all those triangles!

    • Carie 20/07/2015 at 9:00 pm

      I’m looking forward to it – after so long cutting I’m itching to get sewing!

  • sally 24/07/2015 at 9:49 pm

    That much cutting definitely merits a celebration, it’s downhill all the way now with that quilt, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Such a pretty brooch too.

    • Carie 25/07/2015 at 11:19 pm

      I thought so, and it’s been so much fun starting to pair up my triangles!

  • Caroline 02/09/2015 at 6:51 pm

    I need to get moving on Baxter’s quilt! Can’t decide on colours though:) Looks great, will look forward to seeing it all finished. If I know you, once you get going there will no stopping you!!

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:21 pm

      That’s the plan, but I did rather bury it behind some yarn purchases from Paris ….!