9/27/15

All Cats All the Time

Although there's housework to be done, I was about halfway finished in catching up with my blocks for:


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And since yesterday was the last link-up for September's block, it seemed imperative...downright life-threatening...not to finish them first thing. This is how I left the cats on Friday. You can see why lives were at stake...27 lives hung in the balance.


So without further discussion, here are my Cats of a Different Color. Red for July:


August's color choice was indigo, but I already had an indigo cat. I decided to make a black tuxedo cat for August.


And finally, an orange cat for September.


Here are all the cats I have so far for my Cats of a Different Color quilt.


And as long as I was making cats, I finished the top for A Cat is a Cat, the class I took yesterday from June Jaeger. I needed to add borders to my background piece so that I could fit Samson's ears in. I kind of like how he looks this way. Having the ears extend into the border seems to give him a little depth and some breathing room.


It still needs top-stitching, then quilting and binding. I'm still mulling over whether to use the top-stitching as the quilting, and whether to give it a binding, or stitch the back to the front and turn it inside out. What do you think? I auditioned a few fabrics for bindings this morning, but I couldn't decide.

Finally, I'm about halfway around with the binding on Vintage Tin. A couple more days at it, and I should have it finished.


As I've been encouraged to do by the judges at the Oregon State Fair, I'm taking my stitches closer together for this binding...approximately half my usual stitch length...which means it's taking twice as long to finish. I'll admit the binding looks smoother on the back.

So that's today's sewing. I really must get caught up on my housework a little bit. Also, the birds need feeding. Monday is a day at home, and so I'm very hopeful I can get two more block sets made for the Yard Art quilt.

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Pamela said...

I like the added borders on the cat quilt - he looks like he is sticking his head through a frame, which is a very cat-like thing to do!

Shari said...

You did a great job on Samson! Love the colorful kitties, too.

quiltzyx said...

Lots of catty creativity! I do like the ears onto the border too - I totally agree with Pamela!

Kate said...

Love your cats of many colors. It's going to be a very fun quilt.

Dana Gaffney said...

Samson looks awesome, I really like the out of the frame thing.

Claire said...

Samson is adorable. I vote for no binding--rather stitch and turn. it looks finished as is. I too love centers that break through borders, and Samson's is totally catlike.

Sally T said...

Now you have lots of new cats without any diseases or parasites. That we know of. I asked my sister to take the cat quilt class for me, but she refused. Are you going to make portraits of Gracie and Smitty now?

gayle said...

I've always like pictures that overrun their frames, so I think your cat is an improvement on the original.
Love your other cats as well!

The Joyful Quilter said...

You've got some great projects in the works, but that June Jaeger cat is fabulous!! Best of luck with the finishing.

scraphappy said...

Love your herd of cats. They all look so happy to be hanging out together.

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

I agree with many others that the "out of the frame ears" add an element of interest that really shines. Well done, my dear.

barbara woods said...

Love your cats

Magpie Sue said...

So glad you rescued those cats! I can't advise you on the portrait quilt of Samson but what you have so far is looking good.

Junebug613 said...

Great work on all of the cats! The portrait is really neat! I like the ear sticking out too.

Lynette said...

Nice finish with the kitties - love those end-of-month pushes to snag some goal achievement. :) Samson is super cool! So much better with the ears overlapping the frame than he would have been. Gives him a lot a presence and a larger-than-life bit of a feel.

Sheila said...

Oh My! I absolutely LOVE your cat blocks!