Tuesday, December 18, 2012

First Christmas Reveal! Cat Love!

This is the beginning of a series of Christmas gift reveals!  I made this quilt for my trainer and friend Gina!    She is one amazing woman!  Go back a few years and I was suffering from two bad hips, excess weight and overall lethargy.  Enter Gina who inspired me with her upbeat attitude and practical approach to improving my fitness given my crazy life as a working mom.  I can't believe how much better I feel even as I am getting chronologically older!  My hero!

But I digress...so the quilt!  Gina and her husband are cat people (they rescued an adorable little kitty Tobey...amazing people, right?).  So, I wanted to make them a cat themed quilt.  I found this pattern from April Rosenthal entitled Positively Perfect and I thought "perfect pattern for my perfectly positive pal!"  (I don't speak in alliterations for just anyone!)  The challenge with this quilt was the absence of any fabric stash, let alone CAT fabric!  I know, major league rookie issues!  That gave my husband and I a challenge as we visited fabric stores across the Northeast this summer (just ask my husband, he will confirm that we hit almost.every.one!) to find a good mix of cat themed fabric!  The result:

I found the fabric on the back in the discount bin at my LQS; it is called Cat Amore!  So cute!  I sewed lots of (almost) straight lines in the center of the quilt and had fun with FMQ'ing loops in the borders.  I hope Gina, Bryan and Tobey have lots of snuggling time with this little lap quilt!

So, I am taking advantage of Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to share this first, of several, Christmas gift posts!  Stay tuned...there are a few more to follow!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

PS  As I am seriously addicted to spending time with my sewing machine, I have self-imposed rules about trying to do a little exercise before I get cozy in the sewing room.  How do you manage the magnetic pull that comes from the sewing space and keeps you from doing anything else???


  1. It's beautiful Kathy! I'm a slug in the winter so can't give you much advice ;-D

  2. that is a great quilt, I am sure she is going to love her gift! I make a point of doing my workouts first thing in the morning, then can go on with my day, and stay in my sewing room all day after that if I want

  3. Love the quilt! I also live the blog name. Would love to kayak too!

  4. Very nice! That's a super attractive quilt- she surely loved it!

  5. Great quilt! I'm sure it will be well loved. I have the opposite problem, I get distracted with other things that pull me from the sewing I want to do.

  6. Great quilt Kathy!Wonderful gift for a wonderful person!I like the colors and pattern!Hugs!

  7. Truly touched! (ha--more alliterations!!)


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