8/2/14

Pets on Quilts Show: Blooming Sunflower



Are you ready for the greatest show on earth? Thanks to Padsworth, Dragondrop, and Lily Pad Quilting for sponsoring this favorite show. 

Gracie here to show you what's been going on at the Three Cats Ranch. My mom says it's my day to shine, and so I'm just sitting here grazing on the grass enjoying this August weather.


My Mom's been stitching up a storm getting ready for the Pets on Quilts show, and I've been helping her test her quilts for floofiness. Every cat knows that a quilt's not a quilt unless it has plenty of floof.


I've been a quilt sitter for years. Heck, I even won a photo contest when I sat on this quilt below.


Yep. So that pesky Smitty is out of the loop this time around. What can I say, Pal? When you snooze, you lose.


In preparation for the show, my mom took lots of pictures of me.


She took pictures starting at the tips of my toes...


and everything in between...


right up to the tips of my ears.


With this kind of beauty, who can blame her for having trouble catching my best side?


Is it my chin whiskers?


My whisker freckles?


Or my gorgeous eye spot?


Hard to say, but let's get on with the quilt. My mom has been growing flowers in her sewing room. Blue skies are always a good place to start when one is trying to grow something.


And this flower grew...


and grew...


and grew...


and grew...


and grew...


and grew...!


Until finally, it was THIS BIG! Those little squares were cut to 1-1/2 inches, and there were 726 in all.


And she put this stripedy binding on it.


And then she laid it out on the floor for me to inspect.


And I looked this thing over carefully, let me tell you, because we only want our best quilts in the Pets on Quilts show.

So check out these leafy veins.


And these sunbeams...lighting up my beautiful furs, of course.



The back has more flowers on it.


And she quilted even more flowers and leaves into the border.




And I just want to say that I think I look divine lounging right here.


If you like this pattern, it's available as an instant download right here...designed by Jane L. Kakaley. She has lots of cool flower quilts in her Etsy shop. My mom wants to make another one soon.

So, I hope you've enjoyed our quilt. Now head on back there to the Pets on Quilts show and give some more pets the apurreciation they deserve.

Gracie: I'm a Cat on a Quilt!

44 comments from clever and witty friends:

sewyouquilt2 said...

Mom definitely captured your good side.

QuiltSue said...

I don't think you have a good side, you're gorgeous every which way.

Dana Gaffney said...

Ahhh, beautiful Gracie, I'm so happy to see you as the star of the show.

JLVerde said...

Gracie, you are so adorable. You picked a gorgeous quilt to showcase yourself.

Dasha said...

Gracie is just beautiful. I am just itching to reach out and give her a cuddle! But then Tibby would be put out. Today my son-in-law came over with two of the grandies and their dog. You should have seen my poor Tibby when she spied that dog at HER back door! Every single strand of that poor cat's body was standing upright so she looked huge, and she was hunched up and hissing in fury. Poor love. It took ages for her to settle after they left.

liniecat said...

Such fun to read your posts LOL
Quilts with cat approval - just perfect!

Jeanie said...

Not many ladies would welcome those close up photos....but Gracie.... you rock! Floof-on!

Michele said...

Yes Madame Gracie both you and the quilt are simply divine. You certainly are a lady and very refined, not like that scoundral Smitty.

Carol said...

Gracie is very photogenic and really makes the camera work for her. She's beautiful! I love that quilt and how it can't help but make me smile.

kc said...

So glad you got to shine today, dear Gracie! And with so many purrrrfect sides, it's really hard to tell which one's your "best" side - they're all beautiful! I do especially love that chin shot, tho, that is just too precious.

Mom's quilting really shines, too. I love the sunflowers she quilting into the borders. I'm hoping that one day somehow, she'll show ME how to do that!

I bet you miss her while she's off at that "symposium" drinking party thingy. She'll be home soon, but I guess in the meantime, Dad'll keep your chin rubbed, eh?

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, so glad to see Gracie Girl get to shine with the Pets on Quilts Show - you are the queen of kitties for quilt photos for sure.

Quilter Kathy said...

A perfectly crafted blog post... loved reading it and smiled all the way through!

Janet said...

Thanks for the quilt tour Gracie. You look lovely, as always!

knitnkwilt said...

Floofiness, is it? I always wondered what cats were testing for. Thanks for cluing me in, Gracie!

sew.darn.quilt said...

You've got quite the helper there! Gracie does it all, modelling and commentary. Better luck next year Smitty ;)

tink's mom said...

Gracie You've done a great job on commentary and modeling for this post. Your mom did a superb job on the sunflower quilt and it made a wonderful background for your photos.

Loris said...

Gracie may need her own blog :-)
what a hard worker. she's helping you make beautiful quilts!

Kim said...

Gracie is so pretty. You took wonderful pictures of her. Love your sunflower quilt.

Janarama said...

Yay, it's great to see Gracie have her big day. She's such a beauty as is your sunflower quilt!

Tami C said...

Gracie looked her best today! So wonderful that she gave her full approval on your lovely sunflower quilt!

sewyouquilt2 said...

Gracie has beautiful eyes. so cute and nice quilt

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

All about you - beauty, softness, lush lashes, warmth; Quilt was all about how well you set it off and enhanced it into being. Then came the striped binding and you had to take second place; how was I going to let you know you had dropped from the coveted top spot to a distant second behind that inimitable binding ?~!

I'm still working out what to say to you... bear with me please ?~!

Scrapatches said...

Thanks, Gracie! You gorgeously grace your momma's gorgeous quilts!
I <3 Smitty.
Thanks for graciously sharing ... :) Pat

Debra said...

Hmmmm... I have a Gracie cat that looks very, very similar! Loved your post.

quiltzyx said...

Oh Gracie, I agree with QuiltSue, you don't have just one good sides, ALL the sides of you are gorgeous! Thanks for helping your mom show off her excellently floofy quilts today!

Brandy Pettit said...

Oh Gracie, I love that you're so full of sas! Thanks for sharing your momma's quilt, she's a talented lady, and you're such a good helper :)
~Brandy
pamperedpettit.blogspot.com

Blue Moth said...

What pretty paws, Gracie!

Ruth said...

Stellar job Gracie, you are top quilt model alright! Beautiful photos!

quiltedfabricart said...

Great post! Even though I do think you are crazy making that gorgeous quilt out of all those little tiny squares. Is that from the pixel class on craftsy ? You kitties are beautiful and they know it of course.

Patti said...

A beauty from every angle!

Missy Shay said...

I love your quilt and your baby is so beautiful! I love calicoes, I've got three!

Qltr89 said...

What a gorgeous sunflower quilt and Gracie is adorable!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Oh Barbara...that last picture got me! Loved this post...and was especially happy to see not on the finish of your sunflower...but the groth!

Kate said...

You really missed your calling Gracie, you are one great quilt cuddler.

Sandra said...

Not sure which is cuter - Gracie or your commentary :)

Nanbon44 said...

Oh my what a lovely quilt... I need to make a sunflower quilt for my MIL's friend but I don't know if I would want to tackle all those squares...

Lara B. said...

Gracie is cute as a button, especially her nose, which she seems to like putting in your beautiful quilts! Love your post!

doloresfegan said...

Love your pictures of Gracie and the Sunflower quilt.

Susie Q said...

What a great post, lovely quilt and more wonderful kitty Gracie. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Susie x

crazy quilter said...

Sweet Gracie wonderful Quilt

gpc said...

Love those toesies. Beautiful quilt, as is everything you do. :)

Frances said...

Congratulations on a very thorough entry - the devil is in the detail.

Christine M said...

Great photos, Barbara. Yes, Gracie. You do look devine lying on the quilt!

Debby said...

Gracie is so pretty. I have a muted calico like her too.