11/25/14

Psycatdelic

That's the name I settled on. I like it better without hyphens. It was hard to choose a name, but I decided to go with Mike's favorite. Some of you liked it best as well. Today I finished the whole quilt top. It took longer than expected, but it's good to have it all finished. Now I'll set aside until January or February because there are four quilts waiting in line to be quilted ahead of it.

Before I could finish, I needed to pick a fabric for the narrow stop border. I auditioned a few different colors. I had a bright orange-red, but that was totally wrong. Then I tried a yellow, and decided that was distractingly bright. Finally, I settled on this dark purple.


There were still four cornerstones to make with fused yellow moons. The purple was complimentary to the yellow, and I had enough to use for the binding as well. Once I had the cornerstones cut, I turned around to fuse the moons when, uh-oh. Someone has taken to sleeping on the sewing chair whenever it's available. I put that pillow there a few months back to boost myself up a couple of inches, and now Smitty thinks it's the most divine napping place in the whole house.


He has his very own catnip-laced bed in the sewing room, however, and so I convinced him to nap there while I sewed.


With the feline obstacle removed, I was able to finish making my cornerstones.


Then I took a short break, and when I came back...sigh.


So I moved him once again...this is getting to be a part of the process...and went to work sewing on the two borders.

And there it is. One finished quilt top. 


As it turns out, it's good that I ended up buying that Laurel Burch fabric twice because I had just enough for the border and for the quilt back.

I'll probably take a little break from sewing for the next couple of days. I'm going to be cooking and cleaning. Any sewing I do between now and the end of the month is going to take the form of quilting the Gardener's Journal quilt. It seems unlikely that I'll get the quilting finished before the end of the month, but I'm going to give it a try.

And now I need to get going on a German potato salad. We're having it for dinner tonight, and those potatoes aren't going to cook themselves.

29 comments from clever and witty friends:

Dasha said...

Good choice of name for that quilt.
Smitty chooses to sit on That chair because it is yours. Pure and simple. He just wants to be as near as possible to you at all times.

Kate said...

The purple works really well and so does that border fabric. Congrats on getting it to the flimsy stage. It turned out beautifully!

gpc said...

Love the quilt, love the name, did I mention I LOVE the quilt! Also love the look smitty gives you when he knows he's busted again.

Donna said...

love your cats! Smitty is, of course, the best looking! Seriously I love your quilt.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It looks great, you put a great deal of work into getting it just perfect

CathieJ said...

Smitty is smart and cute. I love the cornerstones you made. They are perfect for that quilt!

quiltzyx said...

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Love that Laurel Burch border fabric & the purple border & cornerstones with the moons are terrific with it.
And of course Smitty goes back to your chair as soon as you get out of it - you've warmed it up for him!

beaquilter said...

Love the name AND the quilt, it's great!

Sher S. said...

was you german salad hot? I made hot german potato salad on Sunday night, followed my Dad's recipe and I love it!!!!! It's been in the family a long time.
LOVE YOUR QUILT!!! the cats are so interesting and love all the colors. You did a fantastic job on it.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sheila said...

Love your border fabric. Your quilt is beautiful. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Kaisievic said...

It is stunning! Beautiful work.

Donna said...

Love the quilt! Smitty is a character!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on moving this beauty into the flimsy stage, even with the interruptions of the purr kind.

Vicki W said...

That's a great name for the quilt and it's really cute! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Kirsty said...

Great name. Great quilt. Well done!

ipatchandquilt said...

Love the name! Witty and fun, just like the cats and the quilt.
Happy to see the top finished. Loved looking at your progres!
Esther

liniecat said...

Perfect in name and finish!

Ann Bassett said...

Beautiful quilt top. You did an excellent job with those colorful cats. My girl cat loves my warm sewing chair as well. I have to scoot her off the chair every time I get back from the ironing board. It's so sad. hehehehe

Teresa in Music City said...

Congratulations Barbara! It's simply gorgeous!!!! Enjoy Thanksgiving ... I know it will be a culinary delight with all the cooking maestros in your family!

Lee Ann L. said...

That is a great name! By the way, most cats do the same thing Smitty does -- take your chair! :-)

Barb H said...

I love your cat quilt--so fun! Now if Smitty would only realize he's not the head of the household--oh wait! I think he is!

CJ Smith said...

Smitty is just trying to take of his momma! He knows the weather has turned chilly and he's just keeping your chair warm for you while you're up doing something else! What a good boy Smitty is!

Dar said...

Your cat quilt turned out so cute. The purple was the purrfect touch. I think Smitty was just rying to keep your seat warm for you when you were away from the chair. I'm sure he takes good care of his momma.

Michele said...

It really turned out adorable. Congrats on getting the top finished. And I'm guessing that Smitty thinks that pillow topped seat is now his. :)

Betty said...

Great job on finishing your kitty quilt! Great choice of colors! My cat Trixie loves to claim my sewing seat for her nap. I feel bad making her move but when I get up to iron she sneaks right back.

Brown Family said...

It is beautiful! I have a bungee chair so the kitties do not like it. They do like the sewing table and any project I am working on!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It turned out nice. Glad you have enough matching fabric for the backing, too.

USS Crafty said...

I love the kitties!

Clare said...

Congrats on finishing your quilt top.Mine has a way to go yet! Happy Stitching.