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    Hello: Just before i became interested in quilting, I donated a wonderful craft book with a Grandma on the cover with a red work cat quilt. I do not recall the title or the author. Now, a dear friend, certainly a cat lover, is undergoing chemo and radiation. I thought if I could find the pattern, I'd make him a cat quilt. I believe the quilt had 12 squares of the same cat in different poses. Maybe it was Better Homes and Gardens, but an Internet search has proved futile. I would appreciate any info.
    My newbie skills will not advance the quilt execution. Do not know how to paper piece, etc. but have decent embroidery skills. Time is essential since his prognosis is not good.
    Many thanks in advance.

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    Applique is quick and easy ! Can you find pictures of cats ( coloring pages is a great place to start ) applique them to fabric and make a quick quilt that way ?

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    Cat Quilts and Crafts by LaVera Langeman--I saw it on Amazon. It is an applique book with lots of poses of cute cats.

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    Here's a pattern for redwork cats on eBay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Redwork-cats-qui...item4150fe871f

    You might want to search on "craft book" on eBay. There are pages and pages of them! If you have the time to look, you might recognize the cover in the little photos to the left of the list.

    Here's a book of kitty redwork patterns:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Kitties-Stitch-Q...item335ebae489

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlaker
    Hello: Just before i became interested in quilting, I donated a wonderful craft book with a Grandma on the cover with a red work cat quilt. I do not recall the title or the author. Now, a dear friend, certainly a cat lover, is undergoing chemo and radiation. I thought if I could find the pattern, I'd make him a cat quilt. I believe the quilt had 12 squares of the same cat in different poses. Maybe it was Better Homes and Gardens, but an Internet search has proved futile. I would appreciate any info.
    My newbie skills will not advance the quilt execution. Do not know how to paper piece, etc. but have decent embroidery skills. Time is essential since his prognosis is not good.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt s on page 65

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    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt s on page 65

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    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt is on page 65

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    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt is on page 65

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    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt is on page 65

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    Thanks to all that responded. I have found the book I wanted. It is called Easy Bazaar Crafts, Better Homes and Gardens, 1981. If you ever find it, the quilt is on page 65

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    I have that book, and I also love that quilt. I think I have an extra book, did you get it?

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    There are several "Aunt Martha" iron on embroidery sets of patterns that you can purchase at JoAnn's, etc. I attached a pictures of a 2 quilts done from these pattern sets that I am now selling.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlaker
    Hello: Just before i became interested in quilting, I donated a wonderful craft book with a Grandma on the cover with a red work cat quilt. I do not recall the title or the author. Now, a dear friend, certainly a cat lover, is undergoing chemo and radiation. I thought if I could find the pattern, I'd make him a cat quilt. I believe the quilt had 12 squares of the same cat in different poses. Maybe it was Better Homes and Gardens, but an Internet search has proved futile. I would appreciate any info.
    My newbie skills will not advance the quilt execution. Do not know how to paper piece, etc. but have decent embroidery skills. Time is essential since his prognosis is not good.
    Many thanks in advance.
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    Good Morning- try this link to fat cat patterns- lots of free quilting patterns of cats (and everything else you can think of!)

    http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/Cat%20...20Designs.html

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    Oh, that is a *cute* cat quilt! Here's a picture of the quilt for those who are interested:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/44688531...d-gardens-easy

    (click on the picture of the granny in bed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJean
    Cat Quilts and Crafts by LaVera Langeman--I saw it on Amazon. It is an applique book with lots of poses of cute cats.
    I just bought a used copy at Half Price Books! I love how real the cats look. I haven't done any of them yet since I have so many projects going right now.

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    Hi- Now that I have the book, Easy Bazaar Crafts 1981) and have looked at the directions, I find there are none for a quilt, just for ornaments, toys, etc. If I were to make a lap quilt for a friend, (male who loves cats) where would I begin? I would want a muslin background to stitch on, but how do I know how much to buy, how big the squares need to be. etc. I see from the pic that there is red sashing as well. How wide? How long etc. Basic questions, I know, but I am an avowed newbie. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlaker
    Hi- Now that I have the book, Easy Bazaar Crafts 1981) and have looked at the directions, I find there are none for a quilt, just for ornaments, toys, etc. If I were to make a lap quilt for a friend, (male who loves cats) where would I begin? I would want a muslin background to stitch on, but how do I know how much to buy, how big the squares need to be. etc. I see from the pic that there is red sashing as well. How wide? How long etc. Basic questions, I know, but I am an avowed newbie. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    How fast do you need this quilt? I'm afraid that if you have never made a quilt before, and if you are planning to hand-embroider the cats, it may take you too long to make it.

    If you still want to go ahead, I recommend taking the patterns from the book and enlarging them to fit inside a 12-inch finished square. You probably need to do this yourself with a copy machine (if the patterns need to be enlarged) because copy stores may think it's a copyright violation. You need to leave space around the patterns, so I would make sure that no cat dimension was greater then 10" (a little smaller would be ok, but not bigger). Planning a quilt with 12" finished squares is fairly easy.

    How many squares you make depends a lot on how big you want the quilt to be -- lap size or full size?

    I recommend bring your book to a quilt fabric store and asking for help in picking out the background fabric. Muslins vary wildly in quality, and you want a decent quality muslin. If you plan to hand embroider, you want a plain fabric that is easy to hand needle. Again, how much fabric you need depends on the size of the quilt and how many quilt squares you are going to embroider.

    It's a good idea to machine wash and machine dry the muslin, or muslin-like fabric, so there is no shrinking after you do the embroidery. If you are going to machine embroider, then heavy starching is a good idea (I can give directions on how to do this if you need them). When you cut the squares, be very generous. If you plan on 12" finished squares, then cut the squares 14" and trim them down to correct size (12-1/2") after the embroidery is finished.

    You must test your red embroidery thread to make sure it does not bleed. You can do this by roughly embroidering something on your fabric and placing the combination in a glass of water. If the red stains the fabric, you need to ask people here for help. (I do not embroider, so I am not up on current methods; I just know that many red threads are not colorfast.)

    Sashing can wait until you have the squares embroidered. In general, sashing should be no wider than one-third the size of the squares and narrower is often better. If you have 12" squares, I would guess that 3"-wide sashing is as large as you would want to go.

    Have you ever made a quilt? I'm thinking that you might be much better off purchasing fabric with cats on it and finding a simple pattern to show off the cat fabric. Sometimes sooner is better than perfect. You could always work on the embroidered quilt after you finish the easy one.

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