I have been so busy with my quilt entry into Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s Iron Quilter contest that I put the Nyan Cat quilt on the back burner for a bit. My entry into the contest is submitted and if you’d like more info on it you can read my blog post here.
If you are just catching up I have been participating in a Nyan Cat quilt along and I have to give mad props (yeah, I went back with that) to the young lady who presented this quilt along. She has a ton of fun tutorials on her site and this won’t be my last one, not by a long shot.
When I first looked at the nine sections that I had completed I started to panic thinking that they wouldn’t fit all together the way that I needed them to. I started pinning the sections together according to the quilt along instructions and I started feeling more at ease as I saw it all come together. I made sure to line up all seams where Nyan Cat’s colors transitioned from one section to another and even though I know every quilter doesn’t do this, I pinned every seam open so I could sew straight flat across it.
I think it paid off in the end but of course I’m partial to my own work so I’ll leave it to you to decide.
The next step will be to make a backing. I really do not have any funds in my quilt jar (especially since I want to buy myself a machine within the next couple of months) so I think I will use fabric from my stash and from my scraps to craft up something.
I definitely want to make a multicolored binding like I did with my Iron Quilter 2 entry. The young lady who wrote the Nyan Cat quilt along also made a multicolored binding for her completed quilt.
I don’t know how I am going to quilt it just yet but it will be interesting to say the least.
Moving right along, I am proud and happy to present my Nyan Cat quilt top which has been completely pieced together.
Please comment and let me know what you think!
It. Is. Done. Well…not exactly. But at least this section is! I can’t tell you all how much I’ve enjoyed following this Nyan Cat Quilt-along. Just one part to work on per week gave me the quilt fix I needed and built up anticipation for the next week.
When I got down to sewing together this last section I will admit that I rushed through it tonight and I can see a little bit of wonky seams. Eh. Overall, I think I did a darn good job. And I couldn’t have done it without the excellent tutorial quilt-along written by Choly Knight. I love to see someone so young and accomplished and passionate about what they love to do!
I am so happy that I decided to follow my own crafty heart and take up the hobbies that I’ve always longed to do. Doing this makes me a better mom, a better half, a better person overall. Okay, enough mushies.
Here is my version of the last pieced section:
So we are at the last section of the quilt from the Nyan Quilt-along and I can’t believe the time has flown by so fast!
I was far too busy last night with schoolwork to even entertain the idea of working on it so I left it until this morning and decided that before I go to work I’d get the cutting done. I ironed my remaining fat quarters, took out my trusty ruler, and released my rotary cutter on the world. Okay, drama much?
Anyway, I couldn’t resist at LEAST cutting them because the rainbow colors looked so yummy. Stuffing a fat quarter in my mouth would be counterproductive so I resisted the urge.
Anyway, I can’t wait until I get home tonight so I can piece these lovelies together!!
This was yet the HARDEST part of the Nyan Cat Quilt-along so far. Week 9 Section 8 definitely kicked butt this week. I actually fell asleep at the machine at one point and knew it was time to go to bed! I can finally celebrate though, because I got through it. I am at the point now where I’m getting restless and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I think I can hold on, just a little longer. Here is my version of Nyan Cat’s pretty little head:
If you’re hanging in there with me you’ve seen the parts of the Nyan Quilt I’ve completed so far. This is my first quilt-along and I am so anxious to see the end result! You can follow along with the quilt-along here
I have finally reached Week 8 Section 7
. This part covers a large portion of Nyan Cat’s poptart body.
I ironed my fabric before I sewed it this time and it turned out rather well. One thing I didn’t do was to pay attention to my light pink direction print. Some stars are going sideways but that isn’t an issue for me.
Well, here it is…
I am done with Week 7 Section 6 (finally)! This is the top of the poptart body.
I’m actually falling behind here in the Nyan Cat Quilt-Along but not by much. I’ve been so busy with kids/home/work/school so I try to squeeze in my crafts anywhere I can.
I’m really excited to actually be moving on to more colors and I’m so glad I chose the colors I did. My light pink fabric has glitter and tiny stars on it. That’s right. Glitter. Anyone who knows me knows I love glitter.
Anyway, one thing I had to work through during this stage of making the quilt was to piece together parts of the fabric to create a long enough piece that was needed. I needed a 29″ piece for both the black and the beige but seeing that I bought only fat quarters, my longest edge was about 22″. No biggie, but I worried about how it would look. To be honest, I don’t believe anyone would notice it if I hadn’t pointed it out.
Without further adieu I would like to present my version of part A2. Sorry about the shadowing and off colors. I don’t have many lights on and I was using my iPhone.
I am done with Week 6, section 5 which are made up of cute little Nyan Cat’s feet! This Nyan Cat Quilt-Along is definitely beginning to get harder.
It is so hard for me to stick with one project before jumping headfirst into another but I am determined to stick this out. Just from what I’m seeing so far I believe this is going to be a great quilt.
I was a little worried because my galaxy background fabric is very dark and I’m hoping the black cat outline doesn’t get swallowed up in it. I don’t think it will because the background fabric has a lot of sparkle whereas the black fabric I used for the outline is a smoky batik-like (yes, I said batik-like) color.
Take a look: