Monday, December 2, 2013

Celtic Solace #1

I am so excited to be working on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Celtic Solace.  I've never done a mystery quilt before.  I'm the person who has to lay out the finished quilt, count the pieces, get the fabrics chosen - all the gritty stuff - before even beginning the quilt.  I never just jump in and wing it.

After waiting impatiently for a couple of weeks to get the first set of directions, my first blocks are finished! 

If you would like to join, just click this link to get started - http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2013/12/celtic-solstice-mystery-monday-link-up-1.html


 
Can't wait for the next instructions.  Thanks Bonnie!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I've been surfing for awhile on Pinterest, Facebook and different blogs that I like and I've come up with a list of trends I see emerging.

Trending:

Modern quilts
Hexagons
Zig zag - quilts and fabrics
Owls
Fresh, clean prints
Scrap quilts
Gray as background
Big stitch quilting

Have you noticed any trends?

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I've recently gotten interested in "big stitch quilting".  I've been seeing it all over the internet and magazines and now I'm hooked.  It's just hand quilting using perle cotton thread (size 8) and big stitches.  Nothing fancy here. 
 


One of the quilts I made was this rail fence. I purchased 1 1/2" strips in a coordinated set called Honey Buns and wanted to use them in a "big stitch" quilt.  Would you believe it only took me 1 week to hand quilt this? It's not large, but I was surprised how quick it went.

The other one I did was this cute triangle quilt. I had recently learned how to make half square triangles super quick and wanted to try that out. Then I added the big stitch quilting.  I used a wool batting and that made it really soft and drapey.

Now I'm dreaming up a couple more quilts just so I can hand stitch them. Crazy how everything old is new again!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hello Kitty Quilt

A few years ago, I started a "Life List of Quilts".  This is a list of all the people I want to make a quilt for in my lifetime.  As I make a quilt for someone, I take a picture of it and save it in a binder. You wouldn't believe all the quilts I have made and given away. I've forgotten some of them, so the binder serves as a reminder. Plus I warn the receipents that this is the only quilt they will ever get from me, so take good care of it!

This is the latest quilt on the Life List.  It's Hello Kitty for my niece, Jenny.  She loves anything Japanese, especially Hello Kitty.  She's 21, but nowhere does it say you can't have a fun quilt at any age.

This quilt sprouted from my Pinterest obsession. I saw a version of this quilt there last year and my passion began. I went to half price book stores and found Hello Kitty coloring books. Then I shrank and enlarged them to fit the background block size. I also used Transfer Eze to transfer the designs onto fabric.  Fabulous stuff. I really enjoy hand embroidery, so this quilt was the perfect project. What's your favorite embroidery?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

 

Last month we introduced a new division of Black Cat Creations, www.quickepatterns.com.  The site contains only downloadable patterns. So, you can have all of your favorite Black Cat patterns in minutes! 
 
I'm still in the process of converting some of our older patterns into PDF's for download, but all of our new patterns are already up. Please go to the website and sign up for our newsletter. You'll get emails whenever we download something new to the site and I'm working on including a freebie pattern every month.
 
We made it easy to navigate and included lots of information on each pattern. 
 
We hope you like it and include it as one of your "go to" sites for quick and easy quilt patterns.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We have been working hard on new patterns and I'd like to share our latest with you. 
The first is Soldier's Friend by Jackie Theriot (left).  She has created a block that looks alot like a feathered star but is much easier. She used reproduction fabrics, but I can see this in batiks, bright Kaffe prints or stunning blues.  I think I have to make this one for myself!    


The other new pattern (right) is Eagle's Lake by Jamie Elfert. She has also used reproductions but with a totally different look.  I love her setting.  Again, this would also be stunning in other color ways.  Plus, both would be great stash quilts.

We do not have them up on the website yet, but if you signed up for our What's New email blasts from our website, you will be informed when they are up and for sale.  Now, back to work....

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This is a quilt I designed that is not a Black Cat pattern.  But it is available as a PDF download at www.quickepatterns.com.

I have a group of GFs (you gotta have good friends) and we all got into "rusting" fabric.  That's where you take muslin and some old rusted metal, put them together and sit it out in the sun to set.  We had Texas stars, chains, nails, horseshoes - all kinds of stuff.  You can see my rusted fabric in the large rectangles in the outer border.  I had also purchased some fabulous cowgirl prints from www.oldeamericaantiques.com and really wanted to use them in a project.  When my friends saw what I had designed, they wanted to make one too.  When you design stuff for other people all day, sometimes it's fun to just do something for yourself. 

You can put a pieced picture in every block, but I chose to use the embroidery designs from our Rodeo Stars pattern, enlarge them, and stitch them in the blank blocks.  I think it makes a really unique quilt and we all had a blast doing it.

One tip - the cowgirl prints were not washer safe so I dipped them in a color set solution before sewing them up.  Let them dry and they're now completely colorfast.