Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Cat's Meow

Today I'm going to show off my little quilts that feature cats. I apologize in advance for the poor lighting quality of my photos. I broke the flash on the camera (short story: it fell down the stairs and landed on the stone entry area- ouch!), and that's making it quite challenging to get a good photo.

"You're The Cat's Meow" is a small wallhanging that my sister (Hi Sal!) made for me a few years ago. She was making a bunch of little embroideries for a church bazaar, I believe, and did this one for me. Her own design, of course! I'm thrilled with it and that she would do that for me!

Next up is "Kitty Friends". I did this a few years ago from a purchased pattern. I just loved the little kitties. I'm not super pleased with the fusible I used for the applique, as it's kinda stiff and distorts the quilt. (Another lesson learned. *sigh*) Now I do the technique of cutting out the middle of the fusible and leaving 1/4 inch around the edge, which I learned from Fons & Porter's magazine.

Here's a close-up of the black kitty, since he's hard to see. His markings are the black-on-black like Dunkel's. (We didn't have Dunkel when I made the quilt.)

The last quilt is a pattern called "Alley Cats". I thought it was just so whimsical, and a great way to use some of my large stash of plaid fabrics.

I used a softer fusible on this one, and then did the blanket stitch by hand. This was supposed to be wonky, uneven and primitive-looking. I had to rip out my stitches quite a few times because they were too even. It still looks too good to be truly "primitive".

I worked on the stitchery when I was helping my mom while she recovered from surgery. I really enjoyed doing this one, although embroidery isn't really my cup of tea. And I love the mis-matched eyes on these guys. Gives them more personality, I think. It was fun to pick out which buttons to use to give them a "look".

Here's a couple of close-ups of my favorite cats. You could check out my stitches, if you really wanted to! Then you would know why I say embroidery isn't my forte. *smile*

Help!! Why is Blogger so hard to format? I spend more time "tweaking" the spacing, paragraphs, pictures, etc. than anything else. Is there something I don't know?? If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear from you. Comment or email me, please!


  1. It is evident that you are quite a cat person. Your little quilts are darling. What fun it is to make little quilts that can be put various places, and changed when you feel the need. Do the cats like them? Baby Cat likes all quilts, with or without cats.

  2. Fun cat quilts, but definitely partial to the Alley Cats. I wish I had some magic way to deal with Blogger spacing. I spend way too much time adding and deleting extra space. I always put my photos in the center so I don't get the wraparound effect - you might want to try that.

  3. I always make my photos LARGE and CENTER and then I don't seem to have any problem with the wording. also when you hit enter for a paragraph, if the cursor goes too far down the page, I just place the cursor back up at the end of my words and hit enter again and then it will space the paragraphs right.

    I had that Alley Cat pattern too but I never made it. It's really cute.

  4. I have a pillow a friend made for me with the alley cats. I love it, it's so cute and whimsical.
    I have trouble with the spacing, too.


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