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Cats, Baskets, and Quilts [Part 2] by pinkythepink Cats, Baskets, and Quilts [Part 2] by pinkythepink
Various progress photos were posted on my facebook: :facebook: www.facebook.com/MakeItPinkEts…

So I finished part one of this trio back on June 9th, 2006. :lol: The project went into a basket, from there a box, from there one of those paper protector sleeves and a folder, and finally hidden away in my closet until rediscovery a few months ago. And it's really no wonder why I stashed it away to forget about it...

Whilst the end pieces are really, genuinely, to my liking, the patterns themselves are done in the "old style" (because I don't know a better way to call it) where the entire thing is done in black and white. Normally this isn't a problem for patterns, honestly! But the way this is charted out many of the symbols are very similar and the backstitching is all done in thick black lines that is difficult to tell apart from the actual grid. For example, see this image here for the symbol annoyance: scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v…

My eyes were fatigued pretty quickly trying to do the basket's weaving, reading through the blocky symbols and the ridiculous backstitching methods. I gave up trying to read it and set it aside for another month, and stared at it as I walked by. "Will it be another decade before I finish that thing?"
:iconpoutsplz:
I decided that instead of giving in to the pains of ye olden pattern style that I'd just recreate the pattern digitally and assign sensible, readable symbols myself, and so I did! Converting paper patterns into digital patterns is surprisingly relaxing and once it was all put onto my screen and I could, you know, highlight what it was I was working with instead of blindly trying to figure out which black rectangle went where I became a lot more motivated to finish it.

Another thing entirely wrong with these patterns, besides some of the obvious misprints (one of the pinks was labeled blue, for instance) or missing pattern parts (one of the quilt squares had an entire blank stripe going through it) there wereeeee inconsistencies between the pattern itself and the final product preview on the kit's cover page. For example, you can see pretty clearly on the cat's head that there's partial stitches that leave white spaces open. On the preview image, those white spaces are filled in. The other glaring example for me you won't see until Part 3 and that a center quilt square with an extra outline - the pattern makes no note of it. Smaller things like Part 1 and Part 3 declare the outer square stitching should be two strands, but for part 2 it's just one strand. Because all backstitching on the patterns is done in slightly-thicker-than-the-grid black it's a bit of a toss up where one color starts and another color ends, all around a difficult thing to work with.

Buttttttt anyway yeah the end stitching is really cute. :lol: If you can prove to me you own these patterns and would like the much-easier-to-read digital versions I made, feel free to drop me a line.

Color Total:
28
Size: 6 x 6 inches
Time: 43 hours (more or less, had to estimate from previous non-timer)
14 Count white Aida
Part of a Janlynn kit.
Cats, Baskets, and Quilts [Part 1] by pinkythepinkCats, Baskets, and Quilts [Part 3] by pinkythepink
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:icondragonstar78:
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Cute.

I have yet to stitch a Janlynn kit, though Dimensions kit instructions tend to be a bit crazy for me at times.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :)

Janlynn puts out much more readable patterns today compared to what I put up with for these kitties. :lol: You should take a look next time you're pattern shopping, they have some real beauties. :)
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:icondragonstar78:
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
I know. I've seen them when I've been adding to / updating the websites for the company I work for. Janlynn has some totes adorbs kits, as does Dimensions. Design Works is hit or miss in the cute department (I have their Celestial Dragon in my stash). I hope to stitch a Heaven and Earth pattern some day, and figure my first will be a quickstitch by Irina Garmashova from her alphabet kitty collection / series.

Bothy Threads has some amazing kits based on fairy tales with hand-dyed fabrics done in silhouette style (though they are switching over to laser printed Aida sometime in the near future). I picked up a Vervaco called 'A Boy And His Kitten' recently to stitch for my partner, since he is a total cat lover and loves to snuggle all of our kitties.
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahh thank you for the lovely list of things I need to look into now. :giggle: Vervaco does put out some really nice pieces, I need to for sure stitch one up soon.
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:icondragonstar78:
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
Quite welcome =)
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:iconwass0990:
wass0990 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Aaaaawwww Heart 
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blowkiss:
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:iconmagentafreak:
magentafreak Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First of all, this piece is absolutely adorable!  Second, you reminded me why I stopped using store bought patterns.  One click on the link you provided brought back nightmares!  This is why I now make my patterns digitally.  I can't say I've never made mistakes, even with my homemade patterns, but they're considerably less now that I have a pattern I can read.  Kudos to you for sticking with this project despite all the obstacles!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh someone else who understands! :iconomgcryplz: Thank you much for the compliments and the total relatability!
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:iconmagentafreak:
magentafreak Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Those patterns suck! You worked around the problems well.
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:iconthriin:
Thriin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
WOW you did very well against all these dificulties!! like a real pro! and the result is utterly awwwwDorable!Love 
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:la: Thanks so much! Yeah it was a real pain in the butt, I'm so glad I have the ability to convert it up to digital cause hooooooo man if I had to keep working from the paper pattern I would've probably just given the whole thing away for someone else to headache over.
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:iconthriin:
Thriin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
that would be naughty of youGiggle 
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SummerGirl16 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
Oh my God that is so sweet! Heart 
Why are you so talented! This is awesome! And oh so cute! 
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thank you, you're too kind!
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SummerGirl16 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
I am just telling you the truth. You are amazing!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconblushplz:
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:iconkittyulquiorra:
KittyUlquiorra Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love:
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:iconkittyulquiorra:
KittyUlquiorra Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap 
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AsmitaR Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Wow awesome
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconsamthewisecat:
SamTheWiseCat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I love the colors! It looks really good!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconghostinajar:
GhostInAJar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Student General Artist
EEEEEEEEEEEEK BLACK AND WHITE CAT <3
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:squee:
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Very cat-tastic!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:la: Thank you!
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:iconmyta-karasu:
Myta-Karasu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww <3 Soooo sweet. I love cats and it looks amazing.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thanks so much!
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:iconurzapw2000:
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
very cute!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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:iconurzapw2000:
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
welcome!
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:iconlasarasu:
Lasarasu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
nice!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconlasarasu:
Lasarasu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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