Welcome! My name is Brandy and I'm so happy you've stopped by to visit. I was really looking forward to the day when Mdm Samm announced this year's Wicked hop so I could join, because it marks the one year anniversary of my being a part of the blog hops! I love participating, I find I accomplish more projects and pushed myself further creatively than I would have without the "gentle push" from the ladies who organize these hops. So thank you very much Mdm Samm and Wendy for allowing me to participate again this year. And thank you to Maywood Studio for bringing Black Cat Crossing into our lives, I LOVE this line of fabric. And I have really enjoyed seeing what the other participants have created with this line as inspiration.
I was immediately struck with the idea of a cat crossing my piece, whatever it decided to evolve into, when I first heard the name of the fabric line. It started out a bit larger than it ended up, but that's how it goes sometimes.
When I saw the fabrics in the Black Cat Crossing line I was so happy to see the richness of the colors used. And then I realized I had a smallish budget to work with, so ordering online was out of the question and neither quilt shop in town nearby carried the line. And then it happened! John allowed me to drag him to 9 different quilt shops on a 315 mile trip in one day and one of the shops we went to had the ENTIRE line! The shop is in Prosser, WA and called The Sewing Basket and oh my lord, that lady has everything. I've never seen a shop like hers, I loved it! It's totally worth the hour and a half drive from our house. Here's a picture of John in the middle of the room full of Halloween fabric, he's deciding which one I'm allowed to use for my project.
My design has a cat crossing a fence on a dark night while branches are reaching for him.
I used this project as another opportunity for practicing my free motion quilting (FMQ) and used a double layer of batting to help the cat and branches stand out a bit more. We decided the FMQ looks like fog. You can see here the fabric that we ended up choosing. Although I may be going back for some of that orange and black harlequin...
And here's the finished piece! We now are the proud owners of a wicked wall hanging. :)
John and I went to Pioneer Park to get some photos:
Isn't the fence fabric fantastic? When John saw it he said, "that's fencing material right there". I discovered something veeerrrryyyyy interesting about this fabric when I was cutting it up:
It seems that the devil is in the details on this one!
This has been fun, please be sure to visit the other ladies I'm sharing my day with:
Thursday, October 23
I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!