The first thing I did was find a picture I wanted to use. I just Googled “Hello Kitty coloring pages” and scrolled the Google image search until I found one I liked.
Here’s a before shot (I think she’s 3 years old here, on the throes of a Dora the Explorer phase given the wall stickers and Dora dress):
The bed quilt I made for her once she got that bed, which is a full-sized antique bed we got from my husband’s aunt. The quilt on the wall is her “baby” quilt, which I finished when she was two.
Here’s what that same shot looks like now, after the re-do:
This is my fused applique project I just finished putting together today (sorry, Jaye - took me less than a week, instead of the two I estimated). I’ll be quilting it tonight and tomorrow, and since it looks like I’ll have it done before Christmas I can give it to them.
Follow-up! Zapper is unimpressed by mooses, but remains as helpery as ever:
Zapper says: “In your face, moose! And also cancer.” She’s doing great, and my thanks go out to everyone’s kind words in light of her diagnosis.
Here’s the overall view:
YAY! Think how productive I’ll be now that I’m not working on this anymore! I’ve already finished two small projects since taking the last stitch on this quilt.
Edited: At Tanesha’s suggestion, I’m entering this into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!
Some close-ups of the center and surrounding chicks (I made use of my machines decorative stitches for the green border - I just wasn’t feeling the free motion quilting I started out with)
And here’s a preview of two of my next quilts (in addition to finishing up the Layer Cake Quilt Along quilt):
One of the last things I finished on my old machine before setting it aside (for Bloomer? Or for when I need to travel to a class, more likely) was this mini-quilt for the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild:
It’s 24″ by 16″ or so, and apparently I impressed everyone with my mad free motion quilting skillz. To which I said, please don’t look at the back which is JACKED UP with crazy tension loops. However, the awesomeness of monkeys make up for it.
One of the other projects I’m working on is a quilt for the Good Mews Animal Foundation auction this year. Zapper is trying to help, but…
She’s a might bigger than the 4 1/2″ square she’s trying to fit into. Her head’s about the right size, though.
The kids are doing… whatever it is they do. Bloomer had a great first month of Pre-K, but things have quickly descended into madness again. I don’t think her teacher believed me when I told her that August appeared to be the calm before the storm. Nothing like being proven right, but as I said below, “Even monkeys learn”. She’ll figure it out.