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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pets on Quilts Show 2012

Welcome to SewCalGal's entry in the 2012 Pets on Quilts Show.  


For my followers that may be visiting and are not familiar with the Pets on Quilts Show, I want to start off this post with sharing some "set the stage" information:




Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting) is hosting the 2012 Pets on Quilts Show.  The show starts today and goes thru August 10th.  The Pets on Quilts Show has been a fun event that allows us to show off our love of quilting, as well as our love of pets of all types. And, to also promote adoption of homeless pets!   As the show owner, Jacque has full rights to put what ever spin on this event that she wants, to make it her own.  
Pets on Quilts
While SewCalGal has hosted the 2010 Pets on Quilts Show and the 2011 Pets on Quilts Show, I realized with the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge and other commitments, I could no longer continue hosting the Pets on Quilts Show.  This is a fun event, so I was delighted  when  Jacque volunteered to become the "owner" of this show and host it in the future.  She has been working hard to get some wonderful sponsors lined up and help increase awareness of this event.  I hope everyone will pop on over to her delightful blog and have fun viewing all the delightful entries in the show this year.    

This is my first year to actually enter anything in the Pets on Quilts Show.  And, I'm not actually certain I qualify to enter, but I still wanted share a pet theme insights with you today.

To start off, I want to make a public service announcement for cats.  I also want to apologize to my four legged friends called "dogs", "rabbits", "lizards", and other names that I I do not have a special announcement for.  But, I hope you forgive me and know that I'll gladly provide public service announcements that may apply to you, if you help provide appropriate insights to give me a kickstart.

Ok, back to my PSA -  I hope every quilter with cats will take time to remind them how lucky they are to live in a loving home with a quilter. And, I'm sure you appreciate how much they help you with your quilting.   And, I hope everyone will consider adopting a homeless pet from their local shelter, when they have an opportunity to provide a loving home.  Of course, shelters are also always in need of donations, as well as pet beds, so you may want to periodically use your scraps and make a pet bed to donate to your local shelter.  After all, four legged ball of fur certainly sleeps better on a bed than concrete or a metal cage. And, if they have a good night sleep they'll present themselves cheerfully and have a better chance for a good adoption the next day!

You may also want to tell cats, living in shelters or non-quilting homes about  "Career Counseling for Cats"
to help them learn about the "purrfect" job opportunities for Cats.  Of course, we quilters with cats know what those opportunities are.

Note:  The above image was created using MyMemories software, assisted with their easy to use "QuickPage" called Kitty and Tweet.  While my blog is copyright protected, if you would like to download and use a copy of the above image, you have  my permission to do so.  Enjoy.  

But, please remember to ask for approval before using any other image, text, tutorial, etc. on my blog (thank you).

I want to confess, that sadly, SewCalGal is currently petless.  But, I'm always willing to give a four legged person a good body massage or hug. And, I love to pet sit.  I do feel fortunate that I have a neighbor kitty that loves to come visit when I'm gardening.  So, on a recent visit I asked this cute kitty to pose on a quilt I just made.  It was an interesting challenge for me, as I learned that a cat may want to walk on a quilt, or play under it, but when the camera comes out they really don't want to pose.



I also want to confess that the inspiration for this quilt came from a post on Quilting is My Therapy, where Angela Walters shared insights on some free-motion quilting she did for a quilt for Robert Hoffman.  Her quilting was spectacular and the "banner quilt" was made using beautiful Dr. Seuss fabrics that Robert Hoffman will be introducing this Fall.  I definitely had fun making this quilt and want to make it again, using the Dr. Seuss fabrics, when it comes available.  

I wasn't certain I'd be able to share this quilt with you, but I did work with Angela Walters and Robert Hoffman Fabrics to obtain approval, given I was inspired to make this quilt based on sneak peak insights shared on Angela's delightful blog (Quilting is my Therapy).  Thus, I want to thank Angela and Robert Hoffman Fabrics for all the beauty and inspiration that they provide to quilting and sewing enthusiasts!  



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Again, I hope your click on over and check out all the entries in the Pets on Quilts Show, hosted by Lilypad Quilting.   Entries are also accepted thru August 10th, so keep coming back to this show to see "all" of the entries.  And, I look forward to seeing you entry in this fun show too!


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36 comments:

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.....your neighbor cat's reluctance to pose reminds me of the saying "Dogs come when they are called, cats have answering machines."


The quilt looks great.

Dana Gaffney said...

I'm grinning, it's so nice to see you here. The quilt is wonderful and so is the model, I'm happy to finally see the baby who's enriching your life. I told you it was hard, keep your camera ready and get started for next year ;)

Snoodles said...

Oh, your kitty friend is just so handsome! Thanks for the shout out and thank you for entering the show! Of course you qualify to enter, my goodness! LOL

MC said...

My kitty is the opposite, as soon as he hears the camera's ON noise he comes rushing in ready to lay on whatever I am shooting. Perhaps your neighbour's kitty wasn't used to the luxury of his own quilt and just needs some practice.

The banner quilt is lovely, great quilting!

Agnes B Bullock said...

Love the quilt- the cat is a wonderful model- reminds me of my old cat Kohl!

Loris said...

What would we do without furry friends willing to visit us! The quilt is lovely..especially with the beautiful feline on it :-)
Glad you joined in the parade!

CaroleM said...

It amuses me that you lured a neighbour cat over to come post. LOL!! That's dedication. I hope your neighbour didn't mind! :)

Missy Shay said...

That's some ingenuity to get your picture! I love your quilt!

teachpany said...

Great quilt, great quilting, and great cat. Great story, too. Glad you are entering! Thanks.

Needled Mom said...

That quilt is really pretty and I love the quilting on it. The furry little pet is darling too.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Wonderful quilt - and what a "cute neighbor"

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Love your post......and the "wanted sign" is perfect!

Debbie said...

Beautiful friend....on a wonderful quilt. Your quilting is amazing.

quiltmom said...

Gorgeous cat and quilt- I love all the detailed free motion quilting. It is a terrific post.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I think your borrowed model did very well - much better than mine.

Marcia W. said...

The quilt is terrific. The model wants her family to be there for the photo shoot, so is a reluctant model.

SpartanBabe said...

Too true! My cat will lay and roll and chatter away until the camera comes out, then it is all, "What the heck?!?"

Joanna said...

I'm so glad we can use the Career Counseling picture because I love it. Your little neighbor makes a terrific model. I can relate to the "roving cat" aspect of picture taking, so your shots look good to me. Absolutely gorgeous quilt.

Maria said...

Love the rules..
Lovely quilt and nice of your nieghbour to visit.

Mina said...

Oh, its sad that you are petless.

Love your quilt and the model is cute :)

Marianne said...

What is it about quilts and cats! My cat's favorite room is the sewing room and she even goes in there to sleep even if I am not sewing. Of course, sleep comes after she's managed to get her hair everywhere!

Mimi said...

Pretty kitty and gorgeous quilts!!

Connie said...

I think you need to have your neighbor's cat come over more often so you can take lots of photos and then the kitty will pose for you! Beautiful quilt! Love the scrap page of Job Opportunities for Cats!

QuiltSue said...

Your neighbour looks as though he is more than happy to model quilts for you.

I love the job description too.

sarah said...

what a sweet kitty, I love tuxedo cats!

Ingeborg´s Lotta said...

Very nice looking quilt, and the freemotion quilting is just amazing.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Great FMQ.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Nice quilt and cute neighbor kitty! You just have to tell him that to get to play on the quilt means posing, too. :D

hueisei said...

Sweet kitty with a beautiful quilt! So envy!

Mhairi said...

I love the bunting quilt and the fact that you got a neighbours cat to sit on it for you. Bonus points for effort!!

Junebug613 said...

I am sorry that you are catless at the moment. How wonderful that you have a neighbor whose furry friend loves to visit! Fantastic quilt!

Marjorie said...

Beautiful quilt - I love the pennants. And the cat did a great job - maybe not an actor job yet, but looks very happy on that quilt.

Lyndsey said...

Great quilt. The cat is cute, I'm sure he will be willing to pose for you in the future.

Pat said...

Beautiful quilt and kitty!

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Great loner assistant.
Love the bubbles quilted on your quilt.

The Cat From Hell said...

Purrsonally, me was looking more at your assistant than me was at the quilt, but Mommy was totally impressed with your bubbles!
Great quilt!
Kisses
Nellie at the Cat From Hell