Friday, June 15, 2018

Cat Mats Finish

This was one of my Q2FAL goals, to make four cat mats. My list is here. I'm happy to report that as of this week, I have completed that goal.

Here are two of them, modelled by the ever-cooperative Bella:
Seriously, she just loves to pose for the camera! She actually was a huge factor in the design process of these first two...

These two accompany a quilt I still have to tell the entire story of now that it has gone to live in its forever home. That's for another post, though. I stuffed these two with fabric, batting and thread scraps. I have a special garbage can near my cutting table reserved for this, and my thread catcher beside my machine gets dumped into the receptacle as well.

I learned that it's easier to stuff these in thirds at a time, as trying to quilt a stitching line through the gobbed-up layers of scraps wasn't fun.  I stuff one end, then stitch a quilting line through the entire mat, stuffing the opposite end third, stitch it, and then do the middle third last.

I was doing both at the same time, and I'd set the one mat down after completing each opposing third, to finish the second 1/3 end. Bella, as she is wont to do, hopped up on the table, 'New stuff!' and very methodically placed herself in the middle of the mat.
She LOVES a good elbow or should rest, often using one of my limbs when she cuddles with me in bed. ON! went the lightbulb. I'd leave the centre not so poofy!

So I did.

Terry towel is on the bottom of these. They got packaged up with the Cat-Eye-doscope matching quilt for their human, and sent to Alberta, where all three pieces are being well-used and loved. That's for that other post, photos of them in use.

Here are the second two cat mats completed, again very happily modelled by the lovely Miss Bella the diva:

She was literally zonked out, head tucked upside down, drooling a little (shh! don't let her know I told you) but when I set the mats down, she obligingly allowed me to gently lift her and deposit her, purring madly now, onto the one mat (which she has already tried out). She likes it too, as it has an elbow rest.

The top one is layered with a wool batting I bought from the friend who is de-stashing. I wanted to test it to be sure it wasn't the bad batch of stuff my friend Judy had a horrible experience with, and which ruined a quilt... This one is great, washed up beautifully. Drat, I forgot to put my label on it, but it's a test block from last year's H2H quilt. The bottom one is my own design, no big surprise, but you can get the tutorial here. These are bits of Dot Crazy fabric, left from the original Plus Playtime as featured in Benartex's ezine, Modern by the Yard, and which QAL is ongoing, coming to a close though in a few weeks! The lower cat mat is stuffed with scraps. All four are just sewn RST and then flipped right sides out and top-stitched.

Here are the backs:

The top one is leftover flannelette from the back of Brady's baby quilt, lions! Get it? He's a Leo, which is why I used that fabric. But cats...lions, LOL. The bottom is the last of a gift bag I took apart to use the fabric for other projects. It works with the bright colours of the front.

I'll be heading to the PawP Up cat cafĂ© for Moggy's Mission tomorrow to drop the bottom two off for a cat rescue. đŸ˜»

Updated photo from that fun visit:

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Original designs
Size: approximately 12X18"
Fabric: scraps
Batting: 100% wool in one; fabric/thread/batting bits and scraps in the other three
Backing: terry towel on two, flannelette and cotton on the other two
Quilted: walking foot on my Bernina
Threads:  pieced and quilted with GĂŒtermann cotton

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Tea For Two is using Boundless Dutch Garden fabric (affiliate link) which I used in my Auntie Norma's quilt, Sunshine On My Shoulders. It's wonderful fabric. I wouldn't steer you wrong. So it's like you pay for the quilt kit, get free shipping in the US on it and any other purchases, and then get to watch unlimited classes for an entire year for free. Oh, and they give you $25US to spend too. Sheesh, I think I'm talking myself into this, ha! Canadians (and Aussies) it's $150CA or AU for the yearly plan, so that's fair because of the exchange. Something to ponder for sure!

Just a note that I may very well 'go dark' again this weekend with a few looming projects and deadlines, so if I don't respond pronto to your comment that may be why...that or this flippin' PITA issue with blogger comments still...sigh.

Linking up
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Quilts in Port Hope
Busy Hands Quilts
Dizzy Quilter for the Q2 FAL


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  2. Purrfect!!! If I were a cat, I'd happily claim one of these for my enjoyment :-)

  3. Hi Sandra! Bella is just the purrfect model for this cat mats. She looks quite comfortable on them. I'm sure they will be well received at the cat rescue.
    Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. My guild used to make mats for a local animal shelter...they have recently quit accepting the “scrap” filled mats. Now I need to find another use for my scrap batting and odd bits!

  5. I'd never heard of cat mats until you made yours Sandra. I might have to make a super sized one for Beni. Bella shows them off beautifully.

  6. Love the cat mats and Miss Bella is beautiful.....I bet she knows it too.

  7. Purrfect cat mats and Bella approved to boot.

  8. Cats to love to have a place to rest their cute faces; Bella was such a helpful lass to point out how to correctly stuff those mats! :)

  9. What fun! I love that Bella gets to call the shots for the cat mats. She's a beautiful model. Thanks for the Craftsy info. I think they upped the ante--I don't remember all the extra goodies when I checked last. It's a great deal!

  10. Bella is a gorgeous kitty. Thank you for the kitty pictures. I miss my Max terribly, so am drinking in the cat photos. The mat looks purrfect.

  11. Bella, as always, looks adorable on the cat mats. There is a woman in my guild that makes the mats for the shelter so I always save my scraps for her. It makes me happy that they aren't in a landfill. I always used to feel so guilty throwing them out as they do add up pretty fast.

  12. Such a diva! Here's hoping some happy cats find their forever homes. Thanks for linking to TGIFF.

  13. Sweet kitty mats. Very nice of her to not wanting to keep them all for herself, and of you to drop them off at the cat rescue. That will comfort the kitties I am sure of it.


  14. Like Lisa I had never heard of cat mats, though I did know cats often had their own cushions. Tell me, as an ignoramus, Did Miss Bella just luck out when the car markings were being given out, or is she a particular type of cat?

  15. Nice to see how you use your tiny bits and trimmings. I love Miss Bella.

  16. Bella is so gorgeous! Our kitty isn't quite so cooperative, but we love her anyway. These cat mats are very intriguing, and beautiful to boot. On behalf of the global hosts, thank you for linking up to the FAL.