cats christmas i made it machine embroidery quilts

Christmas: our house

When I was making snowflake ornaments, I thought a bit about the spiderweb ornament tradition. We have two small ones, and I thought Alice might like a bigger one because she likes Shelob from Lord of the Rings.

Alice likes a lot of the bad guys in Lord of the Rings, for whatever reason, and I had joked to her that we could have an Eye of Sauron tree topper. And then I made one out of paper as a surprise when she was out with Bill.
Eye of Sauron tree topper

And not LotR related: Alice was upset that the cats’ stocking didn’t have their names on it when the other three stockings for her, me, and Bill had our names on them. So I made a new stocking for the cats. (Then she got mad that I put their faces on it, not just their names, because she’s three.)
Cat stocking
Cat stocking

cats studio

Studio help

Linus on his throne

Linus is getting his fur on it BEFORE it becomes clothes. It just saves us all some time.

cats in progress quilts

Out of the scrap bin

Back in October I needed to do some mindless sewing to reset my brain. I dumped all my hand dyed scraps out of the bin onto the table and sorted them by size. Then I sewed and pressed and trimmed, all very rectangular (because all the pieces were already rectangular), not very inventive at all.

scrap block

Not much, not that interesting, but I did sort and press a whole lot of the scraps, so they’re ready to use for something else.

Oh, and of course I had help:

cats i made it machine embroidery

Linus embroideries

After doing an embroidery of Linus for the SpoonChallenge, I thought there should be more..

Linus in a bag thread sketch

Linus on the floor thread sketch

Freemotion machine embroidery on canvas, watercolor and gouache, Micron pen.

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Linus in Space tote bag

This summer, I finally got around to uploading Linus-themed designs to Spoonflower. I ordered a couple of fat quarters instead of the regular 8×8″ swatches. I wanted a new giant tote bag with a lot of pockets for myself, but I couldn’t find any patterns or tutorials online that had everything I wanted, so I just improvised off some rectangle shapes and things I had learned from making bags in the past. I used this zippered pocket tutorial for sewing the inside zipper pocket. There are things I would change a bit if I did it over again, but it’s pretty sturdy and I like it a lot!

Linus quilted tote bag, side one

Linus quilted tote bag, side two

The sides have panels of the Linus fabric in the middle, pieced bits of hand-dyed chartreuse and grey fabric around them.

Linus quilted tote bag, interior
The inside has five different-sized slip pockets (sunglasses, phone, pens, wad of Starbucks napkins), a zip pocket, and a key fob. The fabric is Star Jacks from Michael Miller Fabrics.

Linus quilted tote bag, end oneLinus quilted tote bag, end two
The ends and bottom feature some kind of bad FMQ of stars and spaceships and rockets. Wheeeeeeee

I couldn't convince him to get into the bag.
Linus himself was unimpressed and wouldn’t get inside the bag when I tried to tempt him. Thbbbppppp he says.

baby cats christmas i made it toys

Christmas gifts 2013: Linus stuffie

Linus stuffie

Linus and Linus

I realized I had already made gifts for five other kids, but not even thought about my own kid. I have a really simple go-to cat stuffie that I like to make, so I just added an enormous Linus face to it.. I think this thing is pretty hilarious. (Linus does not.)

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Linus quilt

Finished Linus quilt

I want to make one for Hugo now, but I can’t think of what he should be framed with. Maybe jewels and treasure.

I’m very interested in making quilts with irregular edges. This is only the second one, so maybe after I’ve made say fifty more odd-frame portraits I’ll be able to do it cleanly..

cats hand embroidery i made it

Cat patch

I bought a faux-military jacket. It had a generic faux-military patch on the arm. I popped it off and replaced it with a hand embroidered patch featuring my cats.

Linus and Hugo patch

Linus and Hugo patch

Much better.

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Linus portrait quilt

I decided to start a Linus portrait quilt in the vein of the horse vulture from earlier this year.. Uh oh. My ham ornament template has been very useful here.

Linus portrait quilt - layout?

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Linus and the Halo of Ham

After Ham Katten, I thought it would only be appropriate to make another one with Linus.