Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nosey Parker Looks Good in Lime Green......

When I signed up to do a bitty swap titled "one color plus white" and got lime green as my assigned color, I was flummoxed!  What's lime green and white?  I was drawing a mental blank.  Then NP walked by and I thought, Nosey Parker in the grass is green and white! 


I woke her up to get this photo, she isn't too thrilled with me here.  :)

My usual process to get ideas and patterns is to use Google.  I Google the subject, like in this case, "cat coloring page" because I like fun patterns that translate well to fabric.  Clicked on "images" to see hundreds of cats.  After deciding that I wanted to piece a cat rather than applique it, I changed that search to "cat quilt block", where I found a photo of a free-pieced folk art cat.  So I sat down with paper and pencil and drafted out a pattern so I could paper-piece my block, knowing that if I tried to free-piece it, they would just get bigger and bigger as I went along and that won't work when you have only 3.5" to work with.  3", really, because you can't use the outer 1/4" all the way around, that's left for seam allowance. 


After a few trials and errors, I ended up with these- after finalizing the pattern I printed out half of them using the mirror image option and offered my swap partners a choice.  Most of them didn't care which one they got, so they're all packed up and ready to go, along with the ship in a bottle blocks.


Oh, I gave them little green eyes, too.  I had added pink noses, but tore them back out, they looked stupid.  And my friend Jennifer likes them better without eyes, says it's like NP is walking away from her, which is more like the actual, busy NP, as far as Jen is concerned.  LOL  The eyes can be removed with a snip if the recipient wants to take them off.


Now I'm getting ready to start my partner's mug rug, the bird in the teacup.  I pulled fabrics yesterday and if I still like them this morning, I'll get going on it.  I just love having a project!

9 comments:

carol said...

I just love these teeny tiny Nosey Parkers! You are getting to be such an expert at that paper piecing! Wow!

Cindy said...

Love your itty bitty kitty blocks!

Kritta22 said...

you are amazing! These are so cute!

sallgood said...

cute kitty blocks- love Nosey Parker walking away! (If I did a block of our cat Juniper, she'd have to be sleeping!) :D

Lynz said...

Good grief, you are clever. 3 inches?!!? Wow. I can't say any more, my jaw is on the floor.

Sewconsult said...

Such cute little kitties. I am not a cat person, but I would bet that the majority of quilters are owned by cats. (Just my observation and not an official count!)
Beckie in Brentwood, TN
I'm highly allergic to cats.

Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!
I love the white and lime green. And NP just makes it that much cuter!!
Good job!!

Dorothy said...

I just love your sewing and your beautiful Nosie Parker looks just like my cat, Dothan!

VeeV said...

it takes a man.....
we too have four legged children...and like yours...they can do......well......you know....pretty much anything....

anyway i'm really looking for the quilt that bizbee is laying on (in the pics on flickr) and i found these cats...... i showed hubby and asked...do they need eyes???

well.... the ones without eyes.... they are just looking away from us....

bingo! problem answered!!
xo
eva

love your babies