Hello everyone! In my last blog post, I talked about fabric selection and cutting out the curved shapes with the Mini Quick Curve Ruler for the Posh Kitty quilt pattern. This week, I’ll tackle sewing curved pieces, matching points, and fabric placement.
As you sew the curved pieces together, the resulting units will look very strange with some of the pieces sticking out beyond other pieces. For example, your B piece may extend past your A piece. However, once you press and square up these units, you will have perfect 4 x 4-inch squares for the face and body and 2.5 x 2.5-inch squares for the ears.
When assembling the face, I did have a small issue getting the nose triangle pieces to line up perfectly. I remade the bottom portion of the nose several times until it was pretty close. In the photos below, you can see the matching point is not perfect. However, in the finished quilt, you don’t really notice it at all, and I like to think that my kitty was giving me a little sassy attitude! There are some very small flying geese to pieces in the face unit. I used the method in the pattern with good results. If tiny flying geese are a challenge for you, I recommend the Wing Clipper ruler for a perfect finish.
The kitty body comes together very quickly because it is all straight-line piecing and some basic quilt blocks such as half-square triangles and four patches. You can play with the placement of the fabric pieces to change the fur pattern. Layout your kitty head and body units before sewing together to make sure all the block placements are correct.
Once you have sewn the head unit to the body unit, the hardest part of the quilt construction is finished! In my next post, I’ll talk about auditioning the fabric for the abstract tree. I initially had picked out a different fabric, but I changed my mind so I’ll talk about my thought process behind the fabric change. I’ll also show you how I quilted and bound my Posh Kitty!
Also, if you love the fabrics I used, you can purchase a kit with the same fabrics here.
– Jennifer, @nwquiltedcat