Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Kingdom of Coco arrives in NZ

 

                     Cheryl Coville can be found here  at 

 Grandma Coco's Designs and recently  her  patterns have been of whimsical cats in all seasons. I have  been tempted for some time to do one of these delightful applique patterns, but…life and its troubles intervened. I decided that this week nothing would stop me starting and finishing the one called “ April Showers.  So here it is from GO to WHOA.

These patterns have been free to download, and have 6 facing one way, and then they are  reversed. Look at the masterpieces Cheryl has made, just go to her blog and ..well I was going to say drool  but maybe…  indulge your eyes with every one . the latest one has a ginger cat and a mouse,  “ Eye to Eye”,  so fitting for my next one as fearless fanatical Boris brought in a mouse late last night.And guess who had to do the dispatching, as Hugh is again on crutches?  I was so brave!!!

The beginning, one pattern printed…

april  showers applique design

Then out  came the scrap box… batik pieces are always saved, even the tiniest ones!! And some fusible web.

  Batik scraps for the cat applique

Maybe my other name was “Scrooge”, or is it my Mum and Grandma’s Scottish upbringing? Can you guess what colours I am using out of this medley?

The leftover pieces, after fusing, cutting and placing on the background square.

applique cat remnants

I love it, smiles from a ginger boy ( we have 2 at our home), purple brolly, one of my fav colours, and all batiks, my real favourite fabric of all time. The stylised raindrops were sewn with a Madeira Polyneon,, colour 1603. the rest with again one of my favourites, Gutterman,  either the  polyester, or cotton, depending on what shades I had. Now all I need is a name, ( Maybe Grimsby or Godfrey, but I am open to all suggestions)  and a bag to make, this will be on the outside front pocket.

April Showers applique all done

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Never let the day’s problems get

between you and your endeavours”

Greetings from Jean

24 comments:

Susan Heather said...

He is gorgeous

Out To Pasture said...

Glad you took the time to make Cheryl's "April Showers" . You turned out a real charmer! Looking forward to your rendition of "Eye To Eye".

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

That is super cute

Leeanne said...

Too cute!

TexWisGirl said...

that is really cute. the hunk of cloth pieces looked daunting. :)

Cheryl Coville said...

I'm thrilled you've made up my little design which started here in Canada as a tiny sketch, became a cookie! and ended up in a quilt. Now, he'll be on a bag in New Zealand. How cool is that? I love your take on April Showers! Thanks so much for playing along.
Cheryl (Grandma Coco)
http://grandmacocosdesigns.blogspot.ca/

Kate said...

You did a lovely job. Have fun with the next one!

Jim said...

Jean, you are so talented! And what a good way to keep your mind on something else other than health. Good job!

Allie-oops Designs said...

That is SO CUTE!! Love it. Love the batiks too - I'm working with them at the moment as well. Good for you on dispatching that mouse, yikes!

Julie Fukuda said...

Way too cute! Amazing what you can do with those scraps.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I'm really impressed with your sweet cat and umbrella. The colours are so perfect; what a great eye you have for choosing fabrics.

joanne said...

Adorable! You are so very creative. I need lessons! Thank you for the wonderful comments you leave for me... It's getting hard to put on a brave face, surgery the 22nd

Karen said...

Hello from Nova Scotia, Jean! I am visiting from Grandma Coco's blog, where I saw your adorable kitty. Great job - can't wait to see the finished bag!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Such a cute block. Love the kitty's expression.

We have lived in our current house for more than 40 years and have only had two mice get in.....both caught by a cat and brought in alive because they wanted to show it to us and then play with it. :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow- you are so talented! I like Grimsby...it suits!

Our photos said...

Wow, that is really nice !

Carol Mattingly said...

That is an amazing job Jean. I can't believe you put that together. Love the colors. Carol

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, you are talented. Love the cute kittie and quilt. Wonderful quote, it is so true! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Fundy Blue said...

Your talent and output in fabric art always amazes me, Jean! How do you do it? The ginger cat under its purple umbrella would put a smile on anyone's face. I'm sorry to learn that Hugh is on crutches and that you've been through a rough patch. I will be catching up on your recent posts, hopefully later today; so, hopefully those will fill me in. Sending you hugs!

KB Bear said...

Jean - you are truly an artist extraordinaire!!!! That's incredible!

Georgia said...

Nothing like a cat or two for great inspiration. Well done :)

Lara B. said...

So cute! You did a great job with that sweet pattern! Love your fabric choices and also the touch with the stitched rain drops. "From Go to Whoa!" I love that!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

This is so adorable!!! I love the work you do!

Tanya said...

Such an excellent Block! You have the kitty's smile just perfectly!