A big picture & a close-up! (YAY!)
This quilt is titled "The Tabbies Take a Trip Around Tokyo." (in the close-up below you can see that the cats are wearing kimonos.) The title is written into the top inner border with thread as part of the quilting, with my name, the date, and location quilted into the bottom inner border. (the sides have leaves.
I took this class with a local teacher, Norma Campbell (twice). My guild hired her to teach the class & I signed right up. I knew I wanted to use a cat print. At the time I also found Asian prints. So when Tokyo Tabbies was printed - I bought a lot....
I needed 24 half yards for the class, so I pulled from my stash & made some purchases from equilter.com. Then I took what I had to my local quilt shop and finished purchaseing the 24. (That is why I have a big band of rust....)
I got to class and there were a lot of fabric selections that "made sense." (you know light to dark purple and green, all Robyn Pandolf, Americana, etc.) and then there was mine... I had to show my "inspiration piece" for my fabric to make sense for my fellow classmates. In the class we made 1 quadrant..... And I stalled.... not sure why, but I signed up for the second go around (our guild had a lot of interest in this class.) so that I could get going again. I finished it soon after the second class.
Norma, has an unusual way of putting the quadrants together, but she also has you making loops - yes this is strip pieced - my earlier forays into Trip Around the World used squares.... And she shows you how to make the quilt rectangular - mine is square. (I gave the left-over loops to a friend who makes funky bargello quilts.)
The quilting is Stitch in the Ditch and some leafy "rounds." The leafy design was chosen becasue in addition to the Asian feel, this quilt alaso has an Autumnal feel. But the cats were treated like appliques with stipples in the background and tracing around the actual cats. I LOVE IT! (Quilting by our very own JudyL.)
Oh yeah, back to my original post idea.... I used 10 inch wide strips of the cat fabric in the border - so I could see the cats. If I had tried to piece with them, they would have been all chopped up & that would not have please me very much at all.
Other idea for using fabrics that you just can't cut....
There is a book, "Just Can't Cut It" by Pamela Mostek that I have not read....
There is a pattern that I purchased, "Just Can't Cut It" by All Washed Up.
Here is a free pattern from Quiltmaker magazine: Animal Crackers
that uses a big square of fabric.
You can fussy cut the fabric and piece with it in traditional quilt blocks like Attic Windows and Hole in the Barn Door.
I am sure there are other ideas floating out there..... Care to share any with me?