YEAH! My very first blog HOP!!! I’m just SEW excited for all of you to be here and share this with me… This wickedly fun blog HOP is inspired by the amazingly beautiful Black Cat Crossing line of fabric from Maywood Studio Fabrics. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this fabric! Alas, my budget didn’t allow me to purchase any new fabric… so it’s a very good thing I’ve got a HUGE STASH of fabric, including lots of lovely fall/Halloween prints! I started by digging them ALL out to see what I had on hand. Then I went over to Pinterest to check out my Pinboards for inspiration! My “FALL-oween” board is where I collect all my favorite ideas for fall and Halloween, but I also have numerous fall and Halloween quilts and quilt block ideas collected on my Quilts of Autumn Pinboard.
The beautiful and inspirational “Black Cat Crossing” fabric line from Maywood Studios!
Because of the Black Cat Crossing fabric, I knew I wanted to create something special for this hop, something with not just a Halloween theme, but with a Black Cat theme, specifically!
My favorite Halloween cats are the nostalgic “scaredy cats”. You know, the vintage images of dashing and dandy fancy cats who wear hats or collars and have those wicked smiles! I found this adorable vintage-inspired Black Cat Wand by Crepeconfectionary on Etsy… it has the classic “scaredy cat” face I was looking for (just look at those EYES!) and the orange ruffle behind the Black Cat’s face reminded me of a Dresden Plate! I’d had made a Dresden Plate block years ago, so knew I could do it…
Here is the idea that popped into mind: Make a classic Dresden Plate block as the ruffle with a Black Cat face in place of it’s inner circle. I also have a Dresden Star pattern (click for a great tutorial), from Edyta Sitar, that I purchased some time ago, but had never attempted to make yet. I really thought it might work well with my idea of using a Dresden as the cat’s ruffled collar! Luckily I found the pattern last month while cleaning and organizing my craft room… You can purchase the Dresden Star Pattern and/or acrylic templates at Laundry Basket Quilts.
I must admit that before beginning, I was a bit intimidated by the Dresden Star pattern,
but the instructions were very easy to follow! I think the large striped petals came out rather well. I played around with different colors for the ruffles. Originally I thought I’d use the Jack
O’Lantern print from Northcott, but the scale just didn’t work out. The orange I used simply disappeared! In the end, I went with green and purple for the smaller points of the Dresden Plate collar. The striped fabric worked out just as I had hoped it would, but it took some fussy cutting to get all the stripes “exact”! As you can see in the collage photo of their construction, I had to trim off a small bit of black from the back that was showing through as a dark shadow.
The center of the Dresden Plate, the Black Cat’s face, was made using a fabric called Shadow Play by Maywood Studio. I designed the cat’s face using images of some of my favorite vintage black cats. I had to be careful to make the face the right size to fit completely over the center of my completed Dresden Plate, too! I used Fusible Applique to attache the features to the face, but then I hand appliqued the face to the Dresden Plate. The pupils of the cat’s eyes are buttons! Last I hand stitched the whole thing to a 12.5″ square of the same purple fabric that I used in the small petals of the Dresden Star.
Here are the links to the other blogs in today’s hop:
Their works are AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL, so please be sure to visit each of their blogs!!!