Monday, January 31, 2011

And she's buying a stairway to....

"Cat" Heaven
(I'm posting for and linking to Quiltstory's, Fabric Tuesday...button on my sidebar!)
Finally, I can post this finish. Intended as a Christmas present for my middle son, Erik and his honey Leslie, I didn't get it sent until a week or so after the new year.  So what happens when your Christmas present is 2 weeks late? It becomes an early Valentine's Day gift.  <3 

When I saw this pattern, I knew it was perfect for Erik & Leslie and their little mini zoo!  Their cats, Butch and Bruce share their home with an assortment of reptiles...at the moment Steve, the snake and (oops, I can't remember the name) a cute little gecko.  Erik loves his kitties and well, Leslie is working on her Wildlife Biology degree at Oregeon State University (go beavers!!).  A former pet shop employee, she had the tendency to bring work home with her.   ; )

Anyway, the pattern is by McCalls and is called Stairway to Cat Heaven.  The cats are hand appliqued and the moon is machine appliqued.  (Machine applique was way too stressful for me so I am sticking with the hand sewing.)

Here's the blocks in the stairway showing those things cats love....

Yarn, or any kind of stringy toy...
Gold fish for toying with...and what's left of dinner fish....
And in their world...geckos....
 And of course leaving their love prints all over everything!
Anyway, they love the quilt and are supposed to be sending me pics of them with it....and the whole brood....we'll see!!  In the meantime, here's a few more shots.  Too bad you can't see all the colors in person.  I was SO pleased with how it turned out!!
The backing fabric is cat paw prints...
And the binding is made from the starry night sky fabric.

I had a great time choosing the fabric and putting it all together. A fun project that I'm very proud of!

Hope you are having a FANTASTIC  fabric tuesday!

11 comments:

Faith S. said...

Well, since I have actually seen it, I can attest to the fact that this is the MOST AMAZING quilt EVER!!!! Absolutely AMAZING! Gorgeous, beautiful, I cannot say enough about it. It is just brilliant.....did I mention it is amazing?

-Char

Janet said...

This is such a cute quilt. I love how you chose the fabric. I'm sure your son and honey will love it. What a special quilt.

Teje said...

Hello! You have made the most beautiful! I love all the fabrics and small details with cat toys etc. Lovely colours and great theme! You reminded me of one picture I made with shadows of cats...
Sunny wishes! Teje

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Very cute quilt! Love the fabric you picked - it's perfect!! A gift they'll treasure for sure!! Nice job!

Rachel said...

This is SO cute. Beautiful job. I think I may have seen this pattern before...it looks familiar. Your version is great! I bet your son and his sweetie just loved it!

Amanda said...

I love this! I'm hosting a blanket party on my blog and would love for you to join! (There is also a blogger of the month party) But the blanket party is to raise awareness for my blanket drive for Project Linus. Plus -- you get entered to win awesome prizes for linking up (to both parties! One prize is valued at $172!)

Hope to see you soon!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I remember you sharing bits and teases as you went along on this one! It turned out amazing! You are so thoughtful with how you picked out the fabric and design! So, so, so cool!!

Becky said...

Very cute! I made pillow cases out of the same lizard fabric for my boys, but I use them more than they do LOL! Thanks for the smile and giggle! Love the quilt!

Naturally Carol said...

I read your profile on your other site...so will join this one instead of the other...still like your quilt though...and still think you need more followers!

LuAnn said...

What a cute quilt - complete with a cat label. I love the fabrics you chose; they will be thrilled with the gift.

Cottage Tails said...

OOOh that is just adorable. As a lovely of ebony cats I NEED this pattern.

Love leanne