Monday, November 14

What's on the line?

I'm late getting this posted but here is the donation quilt that I sent off to BASICS .......

I finished the quilt a week ago but wanted to get some pictures before I mailed it. It's been a wee bit windy up here on the ridge so it wasn't easy to get that picture you see above. Here's what it was like right after I hung the quilt on the line.........

I was not sure I could get a decent picture as the wind was blowing so hard it practically wound the quilt around the line!  I was patient and I watched it come down and snapped a photo......a bit too late but almost..........
and then the wind took it away again........
and, oh, did it take it away!  Flippity, flap it snapped in the wind!
and then the wind died down and the quilt slowly began to unfold......
 just a bit more.........
 oh and then the wind took it up again........
 then back down.......
and then I snapped the photo and knew this was the best one I would get on that windy, windy day!!

I hope the quilt will warm someone and become a very favorite quilt. It was made in rememberance of my friends, Cathy and Cindy. I titled it "Crazy for Cats". Cathy especially loved her cats, along with her family and friends. Cindy also had cats but her favorite was her chickens, along with her family and friends. Cathy and Cindy were lovely women who were taken by cancer. I and many of my friends miss them but we think of them often.
This quilt began with some cat-themed squares that were shared by quilty friends so that we might make a lap quilt for Cathy. There were not quite enough blocks collected and before enough could be gathered, Cathy had passed away. When the call went out for quilts for BASICS I got out the squares and laid them out to see what might work for a quilt top. There were colorful crazy cat squares and then there were brown, black and white squares of real cat drawings. The two did not look good together. So I took only the colorful ones - 17 of them - and then cut squares from a white on white cat fabric and laid them out in the pattern below.

I added a darker border and then that blue fabric with the mice on it. I bought that one just for this quilt because the mice are saying "hee hee" and I think they are happy because they have surrounded the cats. LOL! I can't recall where I got the colorful cats in the border but it made me smile. At first glance, I thought they were just colorful cats. Then I looked closer and they are all cats who are sick or hurt. One has an ice bag on his head, another has his/her arm in a sling, one is getting his/her temperature checked, etc. etc. I thought about looking for a different border because I wanted happy cats but then they are so cute that I decided to "leave well enough alone" and keep it for the border. I rimmed it all with the softest pink fabric that I found in my friend Cindy's stash. It was just a few weeks ago that I went to her studio and gathered fabrics from her sewing room. There was plenty of this fabric to use for the backing so it will be a comfy quilt for a child.  This is the first quilt to use fabrics from Cindy's collection. If you haven't read the story behind her fabrics, you'll find it here
I was hoping to finish a second quilt to donate but I just did not have the time or the right sewing machine for quilting a larger quilt. That will soon change and I will get another one finished come the new year. This is an ongoing project. If you have a quilt that can be shared, the info on the project is here at the BASICS website.
On to the next project.........setting up the Christmas tree in the basement Family Room. With family coming for Thanksgiving this year, I have moved up all my decorating so it will be a festive mix of Turkeys, Santas, Manger Scenes and Trees. :-)
Have a good Monday!
Sandi

10 comments:

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

YIPPEEE!!! thank you Sandi!!! It's adorable! I'm impressed you got a outdoor shot of if in MN without SNOW on the ground! LOL!!!

I will be sure it finds a good home! Thank you!!!

Diane Wild said...

I was getting dizzy looking at the photos of your quilt flapping in the wind. Cute quilt.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Lovely quilt and a lovely windy day! I love windy days! At least you don't have to shovel them!

MGM

Needled Mom said...

:~)

Pat said...

The quilt is lovely and I"m sure the recipient will cherish it. I love seeing it blowing in the breeze like that. Now....is there the implied acquisition of a new, bigger sewing machine near the end of your post....or is it just the implication that you'll soon have more time to do quilting?

Denise :) said...

What a fun, fun quilt!! I bet it smells good, too, having been properly wind kissed! We had wind like that yesterday and today, too -- wild, wild! Nary a leaf left on the trees! Have a great week! :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really a cute quilt! Looks like you have some wind there.

Kathleen said...

What a "trooper" you were to stay out there and take those photos. I love the quilt and I'm sure it will be loved by someone for many years.

Mitts said...

Sandi, glorious windy day but your quilt looks so very happy dancing in the wind. I am certain the special someone who receives this quilt is going to love and cherish it and hopefully will also dance in the wind to keep your quilt as happy as it is now. My donation quilt is in the beginning stage, but am working at it to get it finished.
Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Nanette Merrill said...

It turned out great. Always love to see what you are doing. I'm too piled up to read blogs lately but I wanted to say hi.

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