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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cat Acatemy BOM Block of the Month

We think Cat Acatemy is one of the cutest quilts we have seen in a long time. The artist, Karen Brow, has done a wonderful job of expressing the personality of cats with cloth. In making our kit we tried to duplicate her choices with the most current fabrics available. The blue and neutral batiks are just beautiful. Can you tell, we LOVE our kit! And, it is ready to ship!

Although you can use the applique method of your choice, she uses our favorite freezer paper, spray starch and iron method and gives directions in the pattern. Like us, for preparation, she loves a mini iron for the pressing and our favorite is the new Clover iron, because it is hotter and has an on/off switch on the cord. We actually lower our ironing board, pull up a chair and make ourselves comfortable while we prepare our pieces.

She also uses another product we love - Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It. In addition to the original 2 oz. size, now, it also comes in a small travel size and a refill.

If you want to take a look at it and other applique products in our Online Catalog, Click here.

And, if you want to see Cat Academy, Click here.

Really, when it comes to the hand applique, we can't say enough good things about AURIfil 50 weight 2 ply thread. Prior to it we pretty mostly used silk, but it was somewhat of a struggle. It would wear through quickly and become unthreaded easily. AURIfil is a dream and for us applique people, whether by hand or machine, it is fabulous to have all the colors.

If you want to know more about how to join a club and receive all the colors, Click here.


Quilt N Bee said...

I have a shop in Oklahoma. Can you tell me if the outside border fabric is appliqued or did you fin fabric and fussy cut the mice? Thanks

Beverly Martine

The Cotton Club Blog said...

The outside border is actually applique. We didn't design the quilt. The design and patterns are by Karen Brow of Java House Quilts. After doing one mouse, you just get better and better at doing the others. Some people don't like the border, they really hate mice and have chosen to find a different fabric and eliminate the mice. That works nicely, too!