Our free design of the month - a small fun cat - comes in 2 versions: one color and 3-color. We used it on signs for a local Quilt Show. Though the design is no longer available on our free design of the month page, you can download it from the page below.
The signs are easy to make and maybe you'll find our idea useful.
The finished size of the signs is between 5" x 7" and 6" x 8".
You will need pieces of plain fabric for the embroidery. We used black or white, but really any color will work. You also need low-loft batting or craft felt, fabric for backing and bias tape for finishing.
For embroidery, we used embroidery polyester threads.
Download the designs in the format of your machine. Unzip and upload to your machine.
Place the prepared pieces of top fabric onto pieces of polyester craft felt.
The felt will work as the stabilizer and batting. The pieces should be large enough for hooping.
We had a long (8" x 22") piece of black fabric, which we did not pre-cut, but embroidered one-color cats an equal distance from each other.
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Spread your working piece over it.
Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting with thread which blends with your background. We quilted around the embroidery and made stippling all over the piece with black thread.
After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam. Then cut the piece into small rectangles. We cut our strip into 4 parts.
Using bright quilting threads, we quilted the words "Please don't touch the quilts" onto the signs. You can also embroider words, if you wish, but this takes much longer. If you decide to embroider, do it on the previous stage together with the cat embroidery.
Finish the raw edges with the binding. As it's difficult to finish the ends of the binding on such a small piece, we just left the long ends loose and tied them into bows.