I have two different applique quilt projects for you! One is a table runner made with patchwork applique and then I have a couple of simple mug rugs where the cat applique is just one piece of fabric.
Applique Patchwork Cats Table Runner
This is another fun quilt project to use up those small scraps of fabric in your stash. The Applique patchwork cats project is really supposed to be a table runner but I had a blank space above our couch and thought…why not! It would also be cute hanging in a child’s bedroom.
10-inch x 38-inch
I used 1½-inch squares of batik for the patchwork that covered the stretching cat applique.
- Scraps of 1½-inch squares or cut solid applique cats from ¼ yard of fabric
- Heat n Bond Lite fabric adhesive
- 1/3 yard cream fabric for blocks
- 1/3 yard backing
- 3 – 2½-inch strips x width of fabric for the binding (1/4 yard)
Every time I finish up a quilt project, I try and cut up the scraps and put them in my scrap stash. I keep batiks and regular quilt fabrics separate. I am using the batiks for this quilt project.
Piecing the patchwork for applique
Use an assortment of 1½-inch squares.
I started sewing the squares together with a scant ¼-inch seam allowance and then laid the rows on top of my template so I would know how many to sew together.
Here are the number of blocks I used to cover the template – the diagram below shows the template for the cat with the tail to the left.
Cat with tail to the right
- row 1 – 1
- row 2- 1
- row 3 – 3
- row 4 – 3
- row 5 -3
- row 6 – 4
- row 7 – 5
- row 8 – 6
- row 9 – 8
Cat with tail to the left
- row 1 – 8
- row 2 – 6
- row 3 – 5
- row 4 – 4
- row 5 – 3
- row 6 – 3
- row 7 – 3
- row 8 – 1
- row 9 – 1
The row with 8 blocks is for the tail
Trace the cat templates onto Heat n Bond Lite. Follow the directions on the package for the correct heat.
I never worry about being too exact on my cutting or tracing for that matter.
Center Cat Applique
For the center cat, I decided it was easier to just sew a bunch of the 1½-inch squares together. I made 7 rows of 5 squares.
Cut the background blocks
I cut my background blocks 10-inches tall by 12-inches wide. If you would like a wider table runner you could cut 12-inch square blocks.
Peel off the Heat n Bond backing and layout your cats how you like. I tried to have the feet of each cat be the same distance from the bottom of the block (a little over 1-inch).
There are several ways to applique. My favorite is actually a free motion wiggle line but I thought a blanket stitch would look nice with a black thread. I forgot to take pictures before I did the quilting, sorry.
Caution! I have a sewing machine that does a beautiful blanket stitch but it is terrible about going over different thicknesses of fabric. I jammed the thread and broke a needle the first time I hit a section with multiple thicknesses.
What I had to do was stop every time I came to an area that was too thick, lift up my needle and foot and advance just a little. My stitching isn’t perfect but I’m okay with it.
I will try and remember that the next time I want to applique around a piece like this to either do a free motion stitch or a straight stitch along the edge.
Add sashing between blocks
Next, sew 2 rows of 10 – 1½-inch squares together. (yep, forgot to take a photo of this step too). Add these to the left and right sides of the center block. Then add the side blocks.
Choose your backing and batting and quilt as desired. I chose a tan thread for my free motion quilting on my vintage Singer 15-91. Using a thread that was a little darker than my fabric makes the quilting show up more. I didn’t do any quilting on the patchwork sections.
Here is the table runner on our kitchen table. If I was going to use it here, I should have added a border to make it wider.
It looks nice on the table in the sunroom.
This is a better view of it.
Want to see what is by this table? LOL, this is where I keep all of my birdseed. The garbage can (I was going to paint it yellow last summer) holds 80 pounds of Black Oil Sunflower seeds which is what I mainly feed the birds. I have corn and peanuts for the blue jays and thistle for the finch feeders.
Applique Stretching Cat Mug Rugs
7-inches x 9-inches
Applique is always fun and perfect for mug rugs. I made two that are 7-inches by 9 inches which is a perfect size for a cup of coffee and a cookie.
Cut a piece of fabric 7-inches by 9-inches. I had some leftover quilt blocks that I decided to use. One was too narrow so I sewed a strip of the same fabrics that I used for the cat applique.
I used the small stretching cat templates and traced them onto Heat n Bond Lite. I just used some scraps of fabric.
I used the blanket stitch for the applique but this would be a good project for just doing a straight stitch right along the edge of the applique.
I used one 2¼-inch strip the width of the fabric for the binding on one mug rug. Wonder clips are my favorite way to hold the binding in place until I’m ready to machine stitch it down.
Bob made some Oatmeal raisin cookies to put on the mug rugs. We normally have coffee in the morning so the cups are empty right now.
Patchwork Cat Tutorial and templates
The pattern includes full-size templates for two different sizes of the three cats with reversed templates included and complete directions for making the table runner and mug rugs.
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