Cat mat mini quilt

Saturday, January 4, 2020

My oldest cat, Maya, will do anything for warmth. Her second name is Seat Thief – the moment you stand up, or even dare to lean a little off your chair reaching for something, she just appears there instantaneously. She magically transports to your lap without you even knowing until it is time to get up and you’ve discovered yourself catnapped. She’s a sly one. When not absorbing your body heat, one of her chosen spots in the house has always been on top of my sewing box, as it has a little bit of padding and is near enough a lamp that I suppose it is ever so slightly more warm than elsewhere in the house.

When we got a new router, its temporary home was on the same bookshelf. I guess it gives up enough heat that upon discovering it, she sacrifices a wee bit of comfort, as it has become her favorite spot to nap (she has a heated pad in her bed that she shares with my other cat which is on a timer for nighttime).

She’s small, only weighing just over 5 pounds, so she makes it work. For that reason, we haven’t moved the router yet, but every day I see her there and I just think she deserves something more comfortable!

So I dug through a lot of my scraps and pulled together a little mini quilt to lay over the router for now.

I used coordinating fabrics from two different sets, though I have since lost their identities, and added quite a few scraps from who knows where, all mostly cut from 2.5″ charms or 5″ rectangles. I was definitely not shooting for perfection here as I slaved away in a single day to address Maya’s immediate need for more comfort as she watched over me from the router.

To quilt it, I just used a basic zigzag stitch down the long seams. My favorite way to bind things these days is to use the backing as the binding, so I did that here, and then added zigzags all around to finish it off. No contests will be won with this one, I assure you!

I think Sasha now needs something. She isn’t the type to perch in a single spot all day – she likes to be in whatever room I am in, making sure I don’t get into any trouble so she has quite a few favorite places. But she does require a little foot stool to get onto my bed these days, now that she has some arthritis issues. My gramma gifted it to her, and the fabric is old so perhaps a makeover lies await in its future, hmm?

This is not the stool in question, as we both like the vintage look of the turtle, but she can’t thank my gramma enough for it, she loves it so much! 🙂

Update: Of course she likes it 😉

 

See more posts related to:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Looking for more cases of the Crafties?
Stitch Club: Steel-Jessop

Stitch Club: Steel-Jessop

As part of TextileArtist.org’s Stitch Club, I made a map of Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sarantium (by Martin Springett) following Bridget Steel-Jessop’s workshop.

read more
Kintsugi stones

Kintsugi stones

I used a kintsugi kit by Jack Richardson to meld two broken stones back together.

read more
Painting Miniatures

Painting Miniatures

I tested my painting skills in a challenge with Boy: who could paint the best D&D miniature?

read more
Hexie Dreams 16

Hexie Dreams 16

I have a total of 107 flowers ready for my fussy-cut EPP Hexie Dreams quilt and am moving on to planning how to arrange them.

read more
Eternal napping in the sun

Eternal napping in the sun

You can stop here if you don’t wish to read anything sad today. It’s already bad enough with Roe v. Wade, war, and such, I know.

read more
Stitch Club: Goodwin

Stitch Club: Goodwin

As part of TextileArtist.org’s Stitch Club, I followed Valerie S. Goodwin’s workshop to create a map of one of my favorite places.

read more
Hexie Dreams 15

Hexie Dreams 15

For my fussy-cut EPP Hexie Dreams quilt, I’ve so far stitched together fifty seven flowers.

read more
Ukrainian Whitework

Ukrainian Whitework

In 2020, my embroidery guild offered a class on Ukrainian whitework: the Summer Lace pattern in all white by Terri Bay. Of course, this was well before the war occurring now. My friend, then, had recently gone to Ukraine to meet her father's side of the family for the...

read more
Hexie Dreams 14

Hexie Dreams 14

I’ve begun sewing the hexies together for my fussy-cut EPP Hexie Dreams quilt.

read more
Hexie Dreams 13

Hexie Dreams 13

All the hexies are prepped now for my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut English Paper Piecing quilt.

read more
Hexie Dreams 12

Hexie Dreams 12

Thirty more hexies have been prepped for my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut English paper piecing quilt. I’m either ready to start piecing them together, or just a few more to go – time will tell what I decide!

read more
Stitch Club: Pattullo 2

Stitch Club: Pattullo 2

As part of TextileArtist.org’s Stitch Club, I followed Mandy Pattullo’s workshop to create a textile collage bird.

read more
Hexie Dreams 11

Hexie Dreams 11

I’ve added 141 more hexies to my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut English paper piecing quilt, putting me well over the original goal.

read more
Stitch Club: McVetis

Stitch Club: McVetis

As part of TextileArtist.org’s Stitch Club, I created an abstract motherboard using techniques from Richard McVetis.

read more
#52tagshannemade 52

#52tagshannemade 52

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 52’s theme is making a little tree.

read more
#52tagshannemade 51

#52tagshannemade 51

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 51-s theme was to create a wreath.

read more
#52tagshannemade 50

#52tagshannemade 50

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 50’s theme was to add some circles.

read more
#52tagshannemade 49

#52tagshannemade 49

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 49’s theme was to catch a memory, though I went a bit off pitch.

read more
#52tagshannemade 48

#52tagshannemade 48

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 48’s was to use a sheaf stitch as a fill.

read more