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kitty-cat catch-up

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Back in December, I was doing well keeping pace with Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat Quilt-Along–until my college kids came home. Their company and accompanying holiday fun derailed my block-a-day plans–that’s ok.

I’m back at it. Here are Victor, Boogie, Amelia, Max, Violet and Maslow (x 2). Only three more to go!

cats in mass production

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I continue to work on Elizabeth Hartman’s cat quilt-along.

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I did some fussy-cutting on this cat. Once I had him pieced . . .

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I realized he resembles a feline version of Alex in Clockwork Orange!

soft kitty, warm kitty . . .

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So far I’m keeping pace with Oh Fransson’s Cat Quilt-Along.

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The Day 3 cat, Sunny, with its one-sided eye patch, reminded me of my first cat, Black Patch. I swapped the position of the patch to match Black Patch’s and I fussy-cut the kitty fabric for her chin.

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Do you see the resemblance? (Don’t you just dig the circa 1973 bedroom, with the shag carpet and creepy oversized stuffed panda?! I think I took this picture with the instamatic camera I received for my 11th birthday.) We adopted Black Patch when she showed up on the back patio of our first house in Ho-Ho-Kus NJ. She moved with us to Connecticut and then to Massachusetts. From here she wandered off, and despite the many prayers made by my 12-year-old self to St. Jude (patron saint of lost causes), she never returned–my first experience of the heartbreaking loss of a pet.

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For today’s cat, Mia, I had fun fussy-cutting fabric again. Can you see the suggestion of eyes and whiskers? I admire her rakish charm–she looks like she’s wearing a gypsy scarf on her head.

here, kitty, kitty . . .

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Although I tried mightily to resist and I have plenty on my Christmas gift-wanna-make plate, I succumbed to the call of Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat-Quilt-Along (or Cat Vent). Every day in December until Christmas, she will be posting a pattern for a different cat. In the end, all the cat faces will go together to make a 30″ x 35″ mini-quilt.

After a brain cramp last night regarding basic assembly (I should know better than to try to sew after 10 pm!), I have found the blocks easy to make–in fact, I’ve decided to make two of each. It’s fun reaching into scrap bins and pulling out old bits to make these feline faces. Despite the usual frenetic pace of Christmas preparations, I plan to take a little time every day to devote to this project–the daily hour in the sewing room will be my gift to me.

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I thought I’d make the first cat, Ferdinand, in honor of one of our cats, Hobbes.

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Do you see the resemblance?

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Today’s cat, Bernadette, reminds me of Grumpy Kitty–look at that unibrow!

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