Despite subzero temperatures last weekend, we stayed quite warm under Cowabunga II: Feline Party Wave.
Do you remember that surfing cat fabric I picked up last year at City Quilter? Bought to create Kowabunga Karina? Well, I took apart the second baby quilt top and starting piecing, playing and procrastinating, pushing my blue hand dye fabric collection to the brink and completed an 80″ x 90″ top (actually, I had to go buy additional border fabric… nothing appropriate left in stash). There was a stash of wool batting. How lovely, light and cozy this quilt feels.
The Statler did most of the quilting, as I mentioned in my January round up. I trimmed out sections where I quilted in these haikus:
Stoked for dawn patrol; A glorious green room glide; feline party wave.
Gnarly offshore winds; Pop up and grab the back door; Just carve it, kitty
Inspired by the 60 degree angle of the surfing cat fabric, improvisational equilateral triangles fill most of the quilt top (I realize now that my hub was holding the quilt upside down). Never mind, the quilt is done and on my bed. It’s the first quilt I’ve made for our bed in many years of quilting. After all, most of my quilts are destined for the wall these days. And before that, the beds that needed quilts were doubles and twins.
With the scraps, haikus and momentum still left, there will be a Cowabunga III.
Remind me NEVER to think it’s a great idea to sew a back together on the bias. Throughout this process, I realize that I have lots of enthusiasm and ideas. Part of my process is whittling down this fire hose of loose thoughts and prioritize. What is really worth the time, energy and materials for the impact? I spent a lot of time putting the back together. Fabric was chopped up quite unnecessarily for little final contribution to the quilt.
Quilting is going in the back seat again… as I mentioned, the MHK3 comments came back quickly and there is a tam on my horizon.