Because Jane has always asked after my cats and because I am the Crazy Cat Lady of my crafting group (i.e. "the person with the most cats must be crazy"), I chose to put a cat on my quilt square to represent meself in Jane's quilt.
This is how paper piecing is supposed to go (Sorry - this is a rough outline, not meant to be a tutorial):
|From "Paper Pieced Cats and Dogs" by Shirley Liby|
2.) Plus fabric sewn on in the right order:
3.) Plus pieces joined in the right order:
4.) (Lika 'dis):
5.) Minus the paper:
6.) Equals This :
7.) And I added a note to Jane :
|(I am profoundly tickled at how well this turned out!)|
Jane taught me how to "Tink". ("Tink" = "Knit" Spelled backwards).
Yes, she taught me how to un-knit. And I've never seen anyone else Tink this way - in a way that is easy to pull the stitches off without leaving a twist or having to finagle the stitch as you Tink to avoid the twist.
She is one of the original members of our crafting klatch. She is a retired nurse, can kick butt/take names if need be, crafts for a wide variety of charities, and has an excellent sense of humor.
She showed us that moderation can help us craft for many years - even with arthritis (moderation and shifting to different crafts each day or even every few hours.).
She's recently moved away to live with her son and we miss her.
So - we're crafting a quilt to hug her for us.