Introduction: Musical Cat Quilt

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I was looking for a keepsake gift idea for my daughter who was preparing for her grad recital in music and is a crazy cat lover!  I fell in love with the design of this quilt pattern (Kool Kat Kwilt by Patty Carey, Northcott) and after looking through my stash, I gathered several music-themed fabrics that would reflect her passion and be suitable cat colors. One piece had a white background, so it spent some time in a hot pot with some tea; one piece was glittery and a bit too bright, so I reversed it. The light browns, sepia-tones and blacks looked good, but something was missing! I needed a color to add some interest, and when my daughter announced she was wearing blue suede pumps at her recital, I knew what I had to do---put two blue cats in the mix!

I cut all the pieces in one week and spent a marathon weekend piecing the quilt. It was a lot of fun arranging and rearranging the cats, to balance the colors.  The mitred corners were challenging! I loved the look but had never tried them before, so it took several tries before I figured out how to sew them and have them match up and lie flat.

Once the top was completed, out came the hoop and I caught up on my tv while I hand-quilted.  I finished the quilt a week before the recital and maybe it brought her some luck, because she played beautifully!


marghaffner (author)2011-04-21

canida (author)2011-04-19

This is beautiful!

jessandstavro (author)2011-04-12

Nice quilt! I voted!

Waffenzug (author)2011-04-12

Fantastic! And not a hairball in sight!

leonardml (author)2011-03-29

Just Beautiful!

recyclegrandma (author)2011-03-22

I love cats, too, so I know how this girl would be thrilled to bits when her mom presented her with the quilt. The musical designs on the fabrics would tie in so well with her recital event.

foobear (author)2011-03-21

awesome quilt pattern!

insomniaSAH (author)2011-03-20

Holy cow I wish I had the patience to just sit down and make a quilt in a weekend - major props.

Do you have any pictures from when you were making it, or some steps on how to actually assemble a quilt like that? Like did you use a frame or was it all just pinned and machine sewn?

momtes (author)insomniaSAH2011-03-20

Thanks for your comment! Re: patience--it was more avoidance!! I had schoolwork to do and I was procrastinating!! I didn't take any pictures on-the-go, sadly. I just followed the steps in the pattern. The key is accuracy in cutting and sewing the 1/4" seam allowance, so that everything fits together and looks like a cat!!
There were 38 cat squares, and 9 cat tail squares. I didn't use a frame. Once I had the squares done, I laid them out on a bed and organized them, sewed the squares into rows, and then sewed the rows together.

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