Purrs, Gurrs, and Gnomes…Oh My!

Back in June. I started doodling cats. Yes, I prefer to doodle in pen 😊 Those doodles became the launching point for my  “All the Purrs “pattern. Which quickly morphed into the “All the Grrs” pattern, because, if cats…why not dogs?
Which then went spinning into “Gurrs and Purrs”. Can you see the beginning spiral into Summer frenzy?
Could I do it? Were my Tester up to it, or would there be mutiny? We had a giggle at that, they are such wonderful folk and real troopers.

A fellow quilter in the FatCat Patterns group had shown a quilt block where she used flannel for applique. Man, that looked really nice! I made a trip to the local quilt shop to just “look” at flannels. Flannels had never been on my quilting radar before. I was AMAZED! Fat Quarter frenzy took over. To make things even better, for every 12 fat quarters purchased you got 1 free. 39 different prints followed me home that day. Got home and tossed them into the washing machine. What a nightmare! Had to happen though as the sizing and preservatives used break me out in some serious hives. Finally, they were trimmed, ironed and folded. Behaving as fabric should.

Now, due to the fact that I totally absorbed in a creative tsunami…I worked all three patterns at the same time.
Sleep was not happening. Imagination was full steam ahead. It took a solid week just to trace all the patches. Another week to fuse and cut them. Carefully keeping each project separated into its own pile. Noses and Mouths got pre-assembled on the Teflon pressing sheet

The other patches were easy to place without any pre-assembly.
FINALLY, I could sleep. One solid night of undisturbed rest. Jon even took care of walking the boys at 2 am. I was soo refreshed that next morning! The feeling of frantic creation had gone away and I could work at a normal pace.
Till the next night that is. While sleeping I was quilting in my dreams. I was appliqueing down the cats and dogs. Know what they did??? Those suckers turned into GNOMES and woke me up. 1 am in the morning and I was deep into Electric Quilt revamping the pattern file to become “Here We Gnome Again”. Seriously, a glutton for punishment. You guessed it, another trip to the quilt shop for red flannel, a day of tracing and fusing…then peace. No more quilting dreams.
The next few weeks are a blur of marathon applique sewing. All four projects at the same time. Trying my best to keep them all in the right piles. Sometimes the cats and dogs would visit each other and need sorting out again.
The first top to get finished was Here We Gnome Again.
Misery loves company though. So in July, I kicked off the Summer Sew-Along 😊
Soon many of you were actively stitching along with me! Friday, release day, became a highly anticipated event. Seeing everyone’s finished blocks became the highlight of my mornings. And I continued to stitch down applique. By August two more quilts were finished. “All the Gurrs” and “Purrs and Gurrs”. As of this writing “All the Purrs” has just the faces left to applique. I ran out of steam, lol. A much-needed break allowed me to put the finishing touches on the pattern files and release them September 1st.
Now, I need to get back to the machine and finish off those Purrs!

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