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Kitty Chronicle Quilt

Kitty Chronicle Quilt

I was burning through my scraps, and made this one for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital here in Cleveland. I had it all laundered an ready to go.... and then my son, then 2 1/2, saw it, pulled it down on the floor, and started to dance on it! The next day, he got sick, and grabbed this quilt to nap under.... so now it's just part of the family.


Detal of kitty quilt

Detal of kitty quilt

You can kind of see where the blocks really are... and yes, the newsprint was left inside. Once you wash it, it just turns to fluff, and you'll never feel it. I backed it with flanned, and quilted it on the machine, just big goofy loops...


Strippy Chronicle Block

Strippy Chronicle Block

I had mostly long, thin "Noodles" for this one, left over from another quilt. So I started going diagonally across the whole thing, working from the longest inside strip to the corners. Still fun, pretty, and fast!


Crazy Chronicle Block

Crazy Chronicle Block

One of the rogues... with larger pieces..


TEN!

TEN!

Flip it over.... ooh, ahh! Crazy and pretty. And very stable and secure on that newspaper. You see how you couldn't do this kind of thing without some kind of stabilizer? And it's so nice to recycle newspaper... This whole block took only 15 minutes or so.


Step Nine

Step Nine

When you've got it all covered, flip it over. Trim along the paper. Again, no measuring... and we love that!!


Eight

Eight

Just find a long-ish strip... and cover the whole ugly corner... make sure all of the raw edges will be covered by the new strip.


7 1/2

7 1/2

Uh- oh! Funky seam here. Don't fret about trying to patch it in, or do a Y- seam.... we can fix it!


Step Seven

Step Seven

Continue this "sew and flip" method until you cover the paper.


Step 6 1/2

Step 6 1/2

You don't have to line up the edges exactly- go a little catty-wampus if you like. It creates fun irregular shapes.


Step Six

Step Six

Take another scrap, and again, cover the previous raw edges- completely. No real measuring, but make sure the scrap is long enough to cover.


Step 5 and 1/2-

Step 5 and 1/2-

Trim off excess... it cuts down on bulk, but hey- your call.


Step Five

Step Five

Open the seam and press, with an iron or just your fingers.


Step Four

Step Four

Sew it down, making sure you're going through both layers of fabric. Don't worry about seam allowances...just leave a little space, at least 1/8".


Step Three

Step Three

Take another scrap, and cover up one of the raw edges, placing the fabric right side down.


Step Two

Step Two

Start anywhere yould like with a piece of fabric, right side up. Pin it or glue-stick it if you prefer


Step One

Step One

Start with some newspaper. (This is an insert section, a little smaller, I like that.) The newspaper stabilizes the scraps, and prevents the bias from pulling...


Free Form 2

Free Form 2

and the paper's still on the back!


Free form Chronicle Quilt

Free form Chronicle Quilt

I started by pieceing blocks the regular way, then I cut them on the diagonals and re-sewed them together to get the pattern in the middle. Next, I cut longer strips of newsprint to piece the borders (one blue, representing sea, and one yellow, representing sun. The reds and browns are earth...)