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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!

flora, fauna and fabric in LA

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My husband, Daughter #2 and I visited Los Angeles last weekend and had a fabulous time. D#2 and I had never been there before, so traveling from our freezing temps to sunny and unseasonably warm (even for there) southern California was a bit surreal. At Griffith Observatory we spied this little hummer buzzing around plantings at the base of the Astronomers Monument. I think it was an Anna’s hummingbird. See the dusting of pollen on her beak?

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Also at Griffith Observatory, this wee hummingbird paused long enough for me to snap a quick photo. My guess is that it was a black-chinned hummingbird. Like the other, she also had a pollen smudge on her beak.

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While at Venice Beach, we visited with fauna of the domestic variety at Small World Books, a quiet intellectual haven in all of the craziness. Conan is the resident cat librarian; he gladly assumed a studied casual pose for us Midwestern tourists.

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The Getty Center stunned us with its gardens and architecture (we bow down to you, Richard Meier).

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It felt like we were at Starfleet Academy.

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On our last day there, my husband and daughter indulged me in visiting Sew Modern. We arrived before official opening hours, but the door was propped open because some renovation work inside the store was in progress. The owners kindly welcomed us in and let me prowl around while I wished I had a huge empty suitcase to cram full of fabric.

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However, showing a great deal of restraint, I walked out with only these lovely pieces.

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.

black patch linda's cat 8.1973

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!

quilts as cat magnets

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I found Grizzie on a quilt picnic blanket left in the living room.

How do cats know when a quilt is in the sun and ripe for cuddling?

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