Many of you already know this, but for people who are visiting, I'll say that the original embroidery patterns were created by Carol L. Steffensen of Chickadee Hollow Designs. The patterns are available right here. Of the original patterns, only two included a cat, but I included a cat in each one. The quilt finished up at 60 x 80 inches. It's hand embroidered and machine quilted. I started stitching the first quilt block on 2/12/13 and finished it yesterday, 1/14/16. Here's a picture of the quilt back and some of the quilting detail:
Here is another picture of the snowflakes, free motion quilted with a Superior gold variegated metallic thread.
And here are close-ups of the individual blocks.
Maggie had her first visit to the vet yesterday. She actually did quite well. She howled and yowled about being loaded into a crate and going for a ride in the car, but settled down about halfway there and made the most pitiful-sounding mews. She's probably been loaded up and crated off somewhere plenty in the past several months, and so it's not surprising that she was anxious about going for yet another ride. In any case, she was pronounced healthy. The vet seemed to feel she needed a booster of one of the immunizations she'd been given, and it has made her feel a little punk this morning. I'm imagining her little hip is sore too. She's gained two pounds since moving in at the Three Cats Ranch. Her weight was 7.68 pounds when we brought her home, and she's now at 9.6 pounds...a good size.
Here, she's stretched out on her dad's lap, while Smitty sits off in the background.
Initially, he thought he should make a fuss about her intrusion into our family TV watching time, but then chilled (or warmed) in his usual spot next to the fire.
Miss Maggie stretched out and made herself comfortable.