Meowy Christmas Quilt Pattern

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I’m so excited to announce the release of my latest pattern!!  It’s called Meowy Christmas and you can purchase it in my Etsy shop for instant download.  I fell in love with this retro feeling Christmas cat print from Michael Miller.  It was the inspiration for this quilt!  The colors are so nostalgic – red, pink, green and mint green!  There are 12 blocks that measure 12″.  The finished quilt is 52″ x 65″ which is the purrrrfect size to cuddle up with and watch Christmas movies!  Even if you are not a cat lover (gasp) this quilt is a great way to use large prints or theme prints.  cat-block

This quilt even inspired Mufasa to get into the spirit of Christmas!  Doesn’t he look thrilled!!

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I love the quilt border!  It has 12 bows that are appliqued on.  This is seriously my new favorite quilt!  I hope you love it too!!!     img_6932

 

Black Cat Pillow Tutorial

black-cat-pillow-tutorialI need another pillow like I need a hole in the head!!  hahahaha!!   Who doesn’t need this silly cat pillow on their couch during the month of October!  I love looking into the family room and this kitty face is always smiling at me 🙂  Want to whip one up?  You only need about 1 hour!!

Supplies:

Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim

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20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE

Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

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Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.

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Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.

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He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a shiny light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂

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I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.

To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.

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This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

Simply sew the zipper in and press.  This is now the pillow back!  With the zipper part way open, pin the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire pillow.

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Turn right side out.

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I love silly black cats!!!

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Mini Kitty Halloween Quilt Pattern

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It’s a little SPOOKY around here!  Mini Kitty is getting a Halloween makeover!  I love this little pattern so much and wanted to give it a little pop for the fall.  Mini Kitty is now leaping over a pumpkin with bats and stars in the background.  If you’ve already purchased the pattern you can download the Halloween applique shapes for free HERE.  The Halloween PDF is also included with each Mini Kitty pattern purchase in my Etsy shop.

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The original Mini Kitty pattern was created as a gift for a friend after the loss of a sweet kitten.  You can read more about it HEREimg_3688

Instead of using only 2 colors for the checkerboard border, I used 8 different oranges and 8 different blacks.  I really love the polka dot pumpkin!

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Mufasa was very helpful on this project and choose the colors all by himself 🙂

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I love how it turned out and I have the purrrrfect place to hang it!  img_3714

Black and Orange Cat Quilt {Halloween Cats}

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I am so excited to share the finish of this quilt that has been in the works for the last year!

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I started it last summer, finished piecing the top this last spring, had it quilted in May and just finished the binding!  It is one of my all time FAVORITE quilts!!!!!

IMG_3444Each cat head is either black or orange print with the exception of the bottom right corner – it’s Mufasa!!!!

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I used Elizabeth Hartman’s cat head block pattern (here).  They are so much fun to sew!!

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Here you can see the fun geometric quilting that Nicole from Kwilt It quilted.  I LOVE it!  I also adore the gingham backing!!!

IMG_3434  Oh my gosh – it’s too cute!!!!!  100 cat heads!!!

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Kimberly’s Sac Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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Today I am participating in a blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop!  We are showing off this super cute, super easy cross-body bag called Kimberly’s Sac.  This bag is so much fun to make that I had to make two of them!  One is for me and one is for my daughter.  There is even a video you can watch to help you as you sew along!                    Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 6.38.40 PM

This bag is great because it’s comfy and slouchy!  I used quilt batting inside so it feels like a soft quilt.

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I made 2 versions: one is with Cat Lady Fabric by Cotton and Steel and the other, for my daughter, is sewn with the latest Star Wars fabric.

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For Star Wars bag, I used only squares for the outer bag.  This was easier for Ella to cut out and design by herself.

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She LOVES it!  This would make the perfect gift for the Star Wars Nerd in your life 🙂

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And this Cat Lady version would be the perfect gift for that Crazy Cat Lady in your life (or yourself)…..hahahaha!

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I used parts of the selvage in the Cat Lady bag – I love Cotton and Steel’s creative use of fabric selvage!

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Since this bag is soft and cuddly just like a quilt, of course Mufasa sought it out as the perfect place for an afternoon nap 🙂

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I suppose it’s fitting that my Cat Lady bag has cat fur on it!!

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This is such a fun bag to use!  I can’t wait to make another one!

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12 Days of Meowy Christmas {Catch Up}

I’ve gotten a little behind with blogging about the 12 Days of Meowy Christmas!  I’m much better at keeping up on Instagram!  Here goes:

On the 7th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, a fun excuse to get quilty!  This adorable cat quilt pattern is free from Blend Fabrics.  You can download it here!  I think it would be so cute in Christmas fabrics!  I’m hoping to make it before Christmas 🙂Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.20.54 AM

On the 8th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, an apron with a had stitched kitty!  Kerri from Sew Deerly Loved is sharing this darling tutorial for a vintage inspired apron with kitty embroidery!  Go check out her blog for full instructions and pattern!!

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On the 9th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me a lion that is soft and cuddly!  Lucy from Lucy Blaire has created this pattern called Lyle the Lion.  You can purchase it on her blog or enter to win one today on Instagram!Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.01.15 AM

Christmas Cat Sweater

typsy elves cat sweater 4I don’t know if I’ve ever posted about an item of clothing that I didn’t sew but I am so in love with my new Christmas sweater that I had to post a few pictures!  The sweater has cats  all over it and bells all over it and bows all over it!  I JINGLE when I walk!!  I got the sweater from Tipsy Elves .com.  I saw them in an episode of Shark Tank – their sweaters are amazing and they even had several cat themed sweaters to choose from!  I wore it to our church Christmas party and i attracted a lot of attention 🙂

typsy elves cat sweater 2I’m not one for a lot of pictures of myself – but if I’m wearing a cat sweater it’s all right!!  typsy elves cat sweater 3It was very difficult to get a picture with Mufasa – he was pushing away from me as I was trying to hug him – he ended up snagging the sweater 🙁  typsy elves cat sweater 5I can’t help but smile when I see this sweater!  I wish it wasn’t 80 degrees today so I could wear it!

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 6} Gingerbread Cookie Cats

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Today I’m taking a little break from the sewing machine and enjoying my FAVORITE gingerbread cookies – shaped like cats!  This recipe has been our family’s favorite since I was in Kindergarten!  It is super easy but the most flavorful gingerbread recipe you will ever have.  I just brought them to our church Christmas party and a few people were fighting over them 🙂

Amanda’s Famous Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1/3 cup water

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp + cinnamon

2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the molasses.  Next beat in the water. (it will look a little weird)

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.  Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.

On a floured surface roll out the dough 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters.  If the dough seems a little sticky, just add more flour as you are rolling out.

Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Let cool.  Dip in dipping chocolate or pipe with royal icing.

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Gingerbread dipped in chocolate is one of the best flavor combinations in the whole world!!!IMG_2612I collect little vintage cats – they sit in my kitchen window and keep an eye on the baking!  IMG_2626I didn’t want to cover up the detail on the cats, so I just dipped their heads in chocolate 🙂

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 5} Kitten Softies

christmas cat softie 8These cute cat softies are ones my mom made in the early 80’s.  She is also a crazy cat lady, I think it is hereditary!  These cute little kittens can sew up in a snap and look darling tucked in a Christmas tree.  Download the pattern HERE.  I think I will make some in some updated fabrics!  Every tree needs kitties in it!!!

christmas cat softie 2I have a cat themed tree upstairs in the hallway.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of cat ornaments on all my other trees!!!christmas cat softie 3

christmas cat softie 6  I bought this Mufasa ornament when I was at the Farmers Market in New Jersey!christmas cat softie 5OK, I may have bought 2 Mufasa ornaments 🙂

IMG_2607Just a sampling of some of my favorite cat ornaments I’ve collected 🙂

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12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 4}

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For years my mother has purchased little catnip pillows at her veterinarian’s office and sent them to her grand-cats.  My cats have actually worn the pillows out because they love them so much.  They are super simple just a square stuffed with fiberfill and catnip!  They are purrrrfect little stocking stuffers for your furbabies!

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This is the old one – not even made with cute fabric!

Let’s make some Christmas ones!

Supplies:

Bright cheery Christmas fabric, mine is from Riley Blake Designs

Fiberfill

Catnip

a word about catnip…..for years I have grown catnip.  It grows easy and doesn’t need a lot of care.  In fact if you start growing it you might find it growing in other parts of the yard.  However, if there are any cats in the neighborhood or if your cats roam outside, they will find the catnip, roll in it, sleep in it, eat it and ruin it!  You can purchase dried catnip at pet supply stores.  You should definitely give your cat fresh catnip sometime just to see their reaction! 

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Cut (2) 3.5″ squares for each pillow.  Mine were a touch smaller then the ones my mom sent.  I think they were cut 4″.

catnip pillow toy 2Sew  using 1/4″ seams along 3 sides, back stitching to start and stop.

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Fill with catnip and fiberfill.  I alternated so the catnip wasn’t just at the end.catnip pillow toy 4

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catnip pillow toy 8It’s best if you sew them when your cat is not sleeping right behind the sewing machine.  The smell woke Mufasa and this is what happened!

catnip pillow toy 10Mufasa loves his new catnip pillow!catnip pillow toy 12        Don’t touch my pillow!

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