Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calico Cats Under Paisley Stars


This is a quilt I made for my mother-in-law as a Christmas present.  It's been in the works for a while, mostly because I got distracted by other projects.


It was inspired by two different blocks from the Quilt Maker's Gift.  The nine-patch block is called Puss-In-The-Corner and the star is called Friendship Star.  The names of the two blocks were what guided me to the seemingly complicated name for the quilt - Calico Cats Under Paisley Stars.  "Calico cats" for the the puss-in-the-corner block made of varying colors and "paisley stars" for the friendship star block and the multitude of paisley prints in the quilt.  We'll just chalk it up to "creative liberty."  :)


I quilted it myself on my machine with a puzzle-piece design everywhere except the stars, which I just outlined.  I used a variegated thread in similar colors as the fabrics. 


Here's some of the quilting from the back.


A folded shot...



... and the label...


More details...


Here is shot of the back of the quilt with the sun shining through from the other side.  Just kinda liked it.


And the totally gratuitous rolled-up shot.


Hope you all had happy holidays!  Linking up to lots of fab parties including Met Monday - check out my Link Parties Tab.

19 comments:

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Gorgeous as always, Cecily. Calico Cats Under Paisley Stars... love that name. Your mother-in-law is a lucky lady.

Jennifer said...

Great quilt!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

Love the beauty of your creations!

Brittany said...

WHAT a beautiful quilt! I am envious of your talent lady!

Michele Pacey said...

So lovely Cecily! I like all the different angles. It helps us to appreciate the work involved, which I know is alot. Happy New Year btw!

Marjorie said...

Fantastic. My resolve to make wonderful titles for my quilts is renewed by your efforts.

Becky said...

Looks fantastic! I love that book, and have also made some of the patterns! Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a great job, Cecily! I really like your "creative liberty" ha!, as well as, your choice of puzzle piece quilting. Great photos, too, girl. I'm so glad you're linking today. :)

Melissa said...

You really crank out the quilts - you are something else - I wish I had that kind of energy!!

This one is beautiful - very harmonious.

Linda said...

This is just gorgeous. I love looking at beautiful quilts. I've only made small quilts so this is quite some accomplishment. Thanks for sharing. Linda

Lisa said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love the paisley fabrics you chose!

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

I so admire all quilters. My mother in law was a wonder quilter,when she was younger.I have never tried it, but maybe someday! Until then I will drool over others talent.
Rebecca

Kalleen at Second Street said...

I think quilts are the best gifts. It will be cherished forever. Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

Beautiful quilt! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

I hope you had the decency to also give your MIL a calico kitten to match the quilt... If you didn't, you are a LOUSY daughter-in-law.
Love,
gv
P.S. To anyone other than Cecily reading this: No, I am NOT a lousy person. I love giving my friend a hard time. It's a joke people! I know she makes beautiful quilts!!!!!!!

a Matula ikrek said...

Soo pretty!

Meg said...

That's just beautiful. You do such wonderful work! I love it.

I hope you can join the "our nest" sign giveaway going on now! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-shinar-mountain-designs.html

Tasha said...

It turned out so beautiful. I just love quilts. Every time I see one they just make me feel happy. I am sure your mother love it. Thank you for linking it up this week. Happy weekend to you.

jenn said...

ohmy! This is beautiful, well done!! I bet the recipient was thrilled!!!

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