Can it really be October already? I dug out my Halloween fabric stash and decided I needed to put together a few holiday themed handmade items. I recently ran across a pattern for a pillow using a quilted cat block by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Frannson! I envisioned it with a black cat theme and I was off to my stash to pull the perfect fabrics.
The Janome Project site has a free downloadable pdf of the pattern that you can get and print out.
It is a pretty straight forward pattern that is simple and easy to piece together.
There are just two main parts to the cat.
The finished block is 6 1/2″ square.
I decided to make 9 blocks for an 18″ finished pillow cover.
I quilted the pillow top using straight lines and my walking foot.
Here is the top all quilted. I like to wash it before I finish it up.
For the back, I used two pieces of the orange fabric 19″ x 13″.
I folded over 1″ twice to hem the overlapping opening. I stitched close to the edge.
I stitched again by the fold so that it stays a little nicer, especially when you wash it.
I place the front the the overlapping backs, WRONG sides together and pin them.
Then I finish up the pillow with about 84″ of 2 1/2″ binding.
It turned out so cute with all of those halloween black fabrics. The orange fabric is a nice tone, not too bright.
Elizabeth also has some great pictures and tutorials from her own quilt along with the cat quilt block here.
What halloween themed items are you making this month?