I made a "solids version" of the Kittens Quilt, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. I really debated trying to make the kitten face version of the pattern (much more detailed with eyes and nose), but I felt it was important to make this quilt fast for the recipient. Of course, I didn't use solids, but found lots of kitty themed fabrics and blenders in my stash and framed them in this berry colored solid. My daughter Charlotte loves cats, so pulling these fabrics together wasn't too difficult. If it had been any other animal, I probably would've had to go shopping!
Before the FRMQG retreat I cut all of the pieces, and on the Friday night of the retreat (at 2 AM, so I guess it was technically Saturday), the top was completed.
During the first night of quilting this quilt on my domestic machine, I ran into some really bad tension problems. I spent almost an hour ripping out some bad quilting and then went to bed. The next day, I researched quilting tension issues and found that my needle tension really needed to be raised: up to a seven (!), whereas my normal tension is set at a 4. This is resulted in some upper thread breakages occasionally, but it didn't happen often enough to make me want to give up.
Here's some close up pictures of some of my favorite prints I included in this quilt:
The print to the right is a quirky Michael Miller fabric I've had for about a decade (one of my first Marden's finds)! Isn't it perfect for this quilt!?
I bound the quilt in a Patty Young stripe.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.