I Love Cats {Christmas Version}

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I couldn’t resist turning my I Love Cats pattern into a Christmas quilt!  Who doesn’t love red & green cats with ornaments!

You can download the ornament pattern by clicking HERE.

Simply switch out the heart block from the original pattern with the ornament block!

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You can find the pattern for the mini quilt by clicking HERE.cat block 3

I feel like these two cats need names…..cat block 2 They are so fun to make!

 

I Love Cats Halloween Wallhanging

 

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I had a leftover kitty pumpkin quilt block from my “I Love Cats Quilt” so I came up with this fun little wallhanging!  It measures 20″ square so you could turn it into a pillow if you wanted to.

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I love hanging little quilts all over my house – they make everything so cozy!  Below are the instructions to make the mini quilt.  The center block measures 10 1/2″ unfinished.

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I love fall so much!

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I Love Black Cats {Roundup}

It’s that time of year!  I’ve gathered up all my patterns and tutorials that involve black cats so you can find them easier!    Click on the photo for the link.

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I Love Cats {Quilt Pattern}

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I am so totally super excited to be sharing this pattern today!  Meet “I Love Cats” – the quilt pattern!  This quilt has been a labor of love and has been a long time in the making!  I was first inspired by this amazing bundle of Cotton + Steel woven gingham fat quarters.  I knew I wanted something to totally show my love for gingham.  Then my love for cats creeped in and I knew this was the perfect quilt!IMG_1923

Then I started decorating for fall and I knew this quilt would look amazing in a Halloween version!

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The pattern is available in my Etsy shop and it includes instructions on how to make both versions of the quilt.

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I can’t decide which version I like better

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Mufasa was an integral part of the design process, as you can see 🙂

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There are 3 rows of cats and 4 rows of hearts.  This is such a fun way to show off your favorite fabrics!  and who doesn’t love gingham!!  More gingham please!!
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For the Halloween version, I had so much fun making these scrappy pumpkins!

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Each black cat is from a different fabric – no two are the same!  I think I will name each one 🙂

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Mufasa, again, always so helpful!

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This is my new favorite Halloween quilt!  I can’t wait to get it off to the quilter!

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I hope you love this pattern!  Join in the fun on Instagram and use the hashtag #ilovecatsquilt and be sure to tag me @jedicraftgirl!!

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Cats & Scraps {a free quilt pattern}

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I’m getting my “crazy cat lady” on today!!!I am so totally smitten with the Woof Woof Meow fabric line from Moda! I knew I wanted a fun throw quilt using all the cat fabrics from this fabric line.  Grab your cat and let’s get sewing!!

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You will love how easy this quilt comes together and I love the scrappy feel it has!  It’s the purrrrrfect size for you and your fur baby to cuddle with!!

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I choose to use HeatnBond Featherlite for the applique because the cat head appliqué pieces are larger and I didn’t want to add bulk to the quilt.  I love this weight because you can hardly tell it’s there.

You can download the cat head pattern, 2 per sheet by clicking HERE.  Put the HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite sheets in your printer and no tracing needed!!

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Scraps and Cats Quilt by Amanda Niederhauser

Finished Quilt 60″ x 70″

Block Size 10″

All seams 1/4″

Scraps and Cat Quilt Supplies:

HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite Adhesive Sheets

3  yard solid white/cream

assortment of 10 or more fat quarters, lights and darks – Woof Woof Meow line

For the cat head block cut (21) 10 1/2″ squares from the solid white fabric.

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Scraps and Cats Quilt Instructions:

Once you’ve got the pattern, heat set it to the wrong side of the cat head.  Cut around it and fuse to the 10 1/2″ solid blocks.  Then sew around each cat head 2 times with dark thread, I used navy.

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For the chain blocks, cut a variety of fabrics (for a scrappy look) into 2 1/2″ squares.   You need:

(84) white low volume print 2 1/2″ squares (I used the low volume prints that were in the fat quarter bundle) for the 9-patch

(189) dark print 2 1/2″ squares

(84) solid white 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

I used navy just to show color, mix up all the different fabrics for a scrappy look!!!

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Sew the 9-patch unit together.

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Then add the borders by sewing a rectangle to each side and pressing.  Sew the corner squares to the ends of the remaining 2 rectangles.  Press.  Sew on to the top and bottom of the 9-patch unit.  Press.  Make 21 blocks.

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You might have to wrangle the blocks away from your cat late at night 🙂

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Lay out blocks in 6 blocks across by 7 blocks down.  Sew each block together in rows, press toward the cat heads.  Sew the rows together, matching seam intersections.  Press.
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Now you’re ready to quilt!  I’m sending mine to the quilter and I’m sure she’ll come up with something purrrrrfect!

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Little Spooks Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s September 1st and that means a 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!!  Yay!!!!

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Amber and I have been doing some spooky sewing and we are ready to share this fun little quilt with you!  It is a great size for a wall hanging or to put on a table!  Finished it measures 34″ square.  I also love that you can use theme prints in the centers – I’m always looking for ways to use my theme prints….especially HALLOWEEN CAT prints!!  Don’t you love these spooky felines!  The fabric is from Blend Fabric’s Boo Crew line.

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It is highly recommended to sew with your cat…..like you ever have a choice…hehehehe!!!  Mufasa is loving this little quilt – the purrrrrfect size for him!

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The quilt is made of 4 large blocks.  Wouldn’t these blocks be great in a larger quilt!!

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A little sashing and you’re all set!

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You can download the PDF quilt pattern by clicking HERE.  Make sure to tag @gigis_thimbel and @jedicraftgirl and use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfun and #littlespooksquilt so we can see your creations!!

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By the way…..it is so NOT fall here in Southern California….the last 3 days have been 114 degrees!!!!!

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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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