Paper Kitty

Book Binding, Fiber Arts, and a little bit of life in the mix.

Busy Bee, That is me… May 17, 2008

I’ve been getting so much done…

This is my newest project, a Baby Blocks quilt in red, white and blue.  This is just part of the first two rows.  I cut enough pieces tonight for seven or eight more rows.
Start of a new quilt

Two knit wash cloths for a friend that’s having a baby girl. 70% Tanguis Cotton 30% linen.
Baby Wash Cloths

Four new needle books. I haven’t listed these in the shop yet because I haven’t had enough sunshine to take decent photos of them.
Needle Books Front and Back


Blackberry Winter May 12, 2008

Filed under: Life,Local,Quilting,Quilts — coco8199 @ 12:34 pm

I had planned on walking to work beginning today…. but Blackberry Winter put a stop to it.  It’s currently 45 degrees and very cold drizzly rain.  Oh well, I suppose that I can wait a few more days.

I bought fabric to begin a Baby Blocks quilt from one of the pattern books that I got yesterday.  It’s cream, navy, and a dark red.  I can’t wait to get started on it!


First Quilt Finished May 6, 2008

Filed under: Art & Craft,Craft,handmade,Life,Local,Quilting,Quilts,Sewing — coco8199 @ 4:28 pm

As promised, here are the photos of my finished quilt.

My First Quilt Complete

Back of Quilt

Hand Quilted. Machine and hand pieced. Blocks are: top left – Ohio Star, top right – Ohio Rose, bottom left – Chicken Scratch or Amish Embroidery hearts, and bottom right – Log Cabin Heart. The Ohio Star is machine pieced. The Ohio Rose is needle turn appliqué. The Log Cabin Heart is Paper Pieced. The patch on the back is embroidered muslin that I appliquéd on.

Visit my flickr page for detail photos of the quilt.

I’m so excited that my quilt will be on display at the AAC during the Portfolio Resume Exhibit this Friday.  I’m not a part of the portfolio resume class but Robyn has asked our quilting class to include our quilts for the exhibit.


Quilt Update May 4, 2008

Filed under: Quilting,Quilts,Sewing,Sewing Machine — coco8199 @ 9:29 pm

Fingers hurt….. back hurts….. wrists hurts…. arms hurt….

But I got the entire thing quilted and the binding has been sewn to it.  I just have to fold it over and attach it to the back.

I’m planning on having it 100% completely finished by Wednesday.  I’ll post some photos tomorrow… I’m too pooped to do it now.


My Quilting Buddy April 27, 2008

Filed under: Art & Craft,Craft,Dogs,handmade,Pets,Quilting,Quilts,Sewing — coco8199 @ 8:03 pm

Raisin has now become my quilting buddy. She likes to huff and puff at me because something else is taking up my lap space.

My Quilting Partner

She did decide to at least taste the quilt. So I suppose that she approves now that it has passed the test.

Raisin Tasting The Quilt

Here’s what I accomplished today (through all the puppy huffs and puffs). You can’t see all that I did but it just continues in the same pattern for a bit so you’re not missing anything.

More Quilting Completed

Raisin can happily sit in my lap now that I’m finished quilting for the day.


Grandma’s House April 24, 2008

Filed under: Art & Craft,handmade,Life,Quilting,Quilts,Sewing,Uncategorized — coco8199 @ 8:44 pm

I had dinner tonight with my dad, grandma, and 2 of my uncles. Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs…. yummy! I had such a good visit. My grandma told my dad earlier in the week that she was giving me her quilt rack but he couldn’t find it in the loft. My grandma is one that will not send you home empty handed. She sent me home with just about every sewing related thing she owns.

She had me bag up everything in her sewing chest which was a lot! This included a ton of thread, needles, gadgets, and a few crochet hooks (I was really excited about those).
Massive box of Sewing Supplies
Grandma's Sewing Supplies
Grandma's Sewing Supplies
Super Cool Gadgets

She also gave me this dress which she made some time in the late 60′s or early 70′s. It’s such a tiny dress. It’s hard to imagine my grandma being that small.

A dress made my grandma

The most awesome thing about today… She gave me her dress form. I could have cried. I’m so excited to have it!

My Grandma's Dress Form


On to something a little different…..

I started the quilting process. I’ve only gotten this small square done but I’m pleased with it.

The Start of the Quilting Process


Sampler Quilt Top April 20, 2008

Filed under: Quilting,Quilts — coco8199 @ 4:17 pm

I finished my quilt top for class today. I also made the quilt sandwich. Here’s a photo of my quilt top pre-sammy.

My First Quilt Top

My little fingers hurt :( I bought a thimble last night but I haven’t mastered the technique of using it yet.


My First Go At Appliqué April 8, 2008

Filed under: Quilting,Quilts,Sewing — coco8199 @ 7:53 pm

In my quilting class we recently learned how to appliqué. This is the quilt square that I made. It’s an Ohio Rose. This is what I have been looking forward to all semester. We’re getting ready to start the other two things that I really wanted to learn: Embroidery and Hand Quilting.

Ohio Rose


Amish Star February 7, 2008

Filed under: Quilting,Quilts,Sewing — coco8199 @ 10:27 pm

I started a new quilt tonight. I’ve put this much together, but I’m not sure I like it. I think it is too busy. I’ll probably try to put in some solids instead of going with all patterns.

Amish Star Square

Amish Square Detail

Amish Square Detail 2


First Machine Pieced Quilt Square January 30, 2008

Filed under: Craft,handmade,Life,Quilting,Quilts,Sewing,Sewing Machine — coco8199 @ 10:29 pm

Tonight’s class was so much fun! Since I wasn’t tired things went much better. Here are photos of my first machine pieced quilt square. Yea! The pattern is called Ohio Star.


Close up… and it shows a bit of my mistake.


As for now, my sewing machine and I are getting along much better. I’m trying to name her, so far Helga has been working but I’m thinking of changing it to something else.

I stopped by my local fabric shop and picked up this fabulous fabric that I’ve been wanting for a few weeks now. I’m not sure what I want to do with it yet but I knew that I NEEDED it.

very adorable fabric



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