Have I become a crazy cat lady? They aren't real cats, just cat quilt blocks. Does that count? How many cat blocks have I made? Does test quilt block count in this equation? I'm going to say test blocks don't count so there's six cat blocks. Here's a peek at my newest quilt block. Any guesses on what you think it might be? The red is a clue to the theme, Christmas. The next three after this one will also be Christmas themed.
So....How many cat blocks have I designed and plan to make? Only 16, with ideas for ....well a few more. In my defense we must look at what it takes to make a good sized quilt. Twelve is the industry standard for a basic quilt. Two of the blocks I've designed(so far) and made are much larger than the others. Designing more blocks is totally logical since we need 12 quilt blocks to make a standard quilt. And if a quilter wants to make coordinating pillow shams, table runners, wall hangings and who knows what else, they need options. You can't make the same quilt block over and over, everyone knows that.
So yes, I think I've officially hit the crazy cat lady standard. And we won't even talk about my thoughts on making a new series of appliqued cat blocks. It's not a definite plan but its being discussed by me, myself and I. They can never agree on anything. Now that's crazy.
While they hash it out lets move onto what's going on in the crazy cat lady quilt studio. Lot's of cute fabric. I tried only using fabric from the scrap basket but everything I liked didn't have enough scraps. So it was time to dig into the yardage and fat quarter stashes. The pink is from Lakehouse Drygoods, the green is by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda. And the background(B) I have no idea.
These have worked great for me over the years since I rarely made quilts with little pieces. However some of the cat block pieces are smaller than the labels. For my videos I need a different way to label the many pieces and the tiny pieces. If I were the only one seeing them it wouldn't be an issue, I don't mind the mess but I'm trying to look a not so messy. Sure I could buy little stickers preprinted with letters and numbers. I've seen them and talk about sticker shock! LOL! I won't mention any brands but I will say when you add the word QUILT to any product the price rises.
So being the thrifty old Crazy Cat Lady that I am I decided to see if I could make my own little stickers. A quick trip to Amazon and TADA! Stickers! They have stickers as small as 1/4". These are 3/4". The price $7.95 for 1260 stickers. Quilt stickers $9.50 for 250 stickers. Of course there's a little cost in the ink to print my own. The company has made it really easy to print. You just go to their website download the template for your sized circles add your text and print. Here's a link to the stickers I purchased