Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011 Pets on Quilts Show


Hi everyone:





























The event has finally arrived and I'm excited to show off my little pets. Don't know what I'm talking about? SewCalGal hosts an annual Pets on Quilts show, giving both bloggers and non-bloggers the opportunity to share photos of their pets - quilty and real - as well as the chance to win some great prizes. Entries are accepted from August 15th to the 19th, so if you have a quilt, a pet on a quilt or a design in EQ7, be sure to check out the 2011 Pets on Quilts Show at SewCalGal for all the details and to see the other entries.


I'm sure that some of you are familiar with my two cats, Charlie and Teeka. They're often found in my quilt studio, "helping" me with my latest creations. How else would I know which fabrics will make the cuddliest quilts? They can be harsh critics, but their advice is always purrfectly correct! 


While great friends, their personalities couldn't be more different. Teeka prefers to supervise the creating of the quilts, 

Teeka on the cutting table supervising another project
(not thrilled that this is a wall hanging and not large enough to lie on)
while Charlie has no reservations about climbing right in and snuggling down.
Charlie on my 5 & Dime quilt

As you can probably tell, I'm a cat lover, but in reality, I love all animals. We have previously had two labrador retrievers, but are currently servants to Teeka and Charlie, as well as two fire belly toads (I don't let them on the quilts!). 

I guess it's my love of animals that inspires many of my quilt designs. While I don't have an owl as a pet (although my daughter, Sarah, would love to have one like Hedwig in Harry Potter) I have several owl patterns, and have a few more in the design process. Here are some of my quilty pets!


Hootie - a stuffy pattern in 3 sizes
It's a Hoot! (a free pattern on my website) and Hootie
Hoot-mon! - my first owl pattern
I've also recently completed a wall hanging using AccuQuilt GO! dies which has - surprise! - cats and dogs in it. I call it Posh Pets as I used Moda's Posh fabric line for this quilt. I'm currently working on the pattern instructions for this quilt and hope to have them out in the fall.
Posh Pets using the AccuQuilt GO!
Calico Cat and Gingham Dog dies
Detail of Posh Pets
I have a table runner in the works which uses AccuQuilt GO! dies, although it's not quite completed yet. I'll be using Fresh when I teach my Let's Get GO-ing! class at Bow Bench Retreat this fall. 


Fresh tablerunner using AccuQuilt GO! birds and Rose of Sharon dies
(another pattern variation uses the heart and Rose of Sharon dies)
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my "pets" and encourage you to check out the other entries at SewCalGal's 2011 Pets on Quilts show.


32 comments:

wackywoman said...

Teeka and Charlie are so gorgeous. I love your patterns. I will need to come back and check out things a bit better.

Marilyn

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love Teeka's name and Charlie looks just so handsome snuggled into the dusty rose coloured 5 & dime.

Nanbon44 said...

lovely quilts and congratulations on making the cover...

paulette said...

Gorgeous quilts and pets!!
Paulette

SewCalGal said...

What a fun entry. Love your beautiful cats and your quilts. Although I agree with your daughter...it would be fun to have your own owl, but as you have beautiful owl quilts & designs I think every owl level should have their own owl quilt, if they can't have their own owl. Plus, I suspect you can sleep better at night with an owl quilt vs your own owl.

Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Janet said...

Your cats and quilts are lovely. But I think we need to see a photo of the fire belly toads.

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful kitties. I'm glad you have such wonderful supervision. It seems to work, your patterns are precious. Thanks.

QuiltSue said...

What beautiful cats on beautiful quilts.

Connie said...

Love your cats and your owl patterns are so neat! Looks like you are having a lot of fun with your Accuquilt dies!

Quilting by the River
http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/

LynCC said...

Aww Your cats are gorgeous. Love your owl patterns and other designs!

Staci said...

Your cats are such sweet helpers. I love Teeka's darling expressions, and Charlie looks so comfy!

Becky said...

Loved seeing your designs especially the Hoot-Man! I love that you use the word "servant" to your two cat friends. I always say we are "trained" or "enslaved" by our brown son, Rusty.

marina said...

your feline masters are lovely.
Love your dog/cat quilt, it is very sweet.

Kim said...

Your cats are beautiful. Your quilts patterns are all cute. I especially love the owls.

Thearica said...

The cats are so cute! and I LOVE your owl patterns!

Gladys said...

Gorgeous pets and quilts!!

Sand and Sunshine said...

What a lovely pair.

hetty said...

Beautiful kitties and wonderful quilts. Love those patterns.

Joanna said...

Charlie and Teeka look like nice company. The Go! die quilts are lovely.

Snoodles said...

Your patterns are just precious! Love your owls and the kitties are so sweet!

Kim Jamieson-Hirst said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments. Best of luck to all the participants in the show. It's going to be hard to decide on viewer's choice with all the wonderful pet photos. They're all so sweet - makes you want to go out and get more pets!

Belinda said...

I love your work. I too must come back for a better look when things get a bit quieter.

Kelli said...

I am lovin' all of your quilts.. seems the cats are too. :)

Tonya said...

We have had fire belly toads in the past too. And one of those blue australian toads. And snakes. And dogs and goats and....

Love your patterns

missknitta said...

Love your Posh Pets quilt design -- what fun! Charlie and Teeka are both adorable as well :)

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I have a Tika to, spelled different, but he to is my quality controller from the creative process, my Jada Bean is the completion tester for snuggly and soft. ha ha. Do you have a store in Calgary? I am in Edmonton, but have family in Calgary. Love your owl creations. I love designing my own creations as well. My entry is #33 if you want to check it out.
Cheers,
Carolyn

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful kitties! Beautiful quilts!!!

Pat V. said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely quilt designs! The cats are cute, too...

andsewon said...

Pretty cats and awesome quilts!

Melissa said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely kitties with me. My dogs will not allow me to have a kitty, so I do enjoy looking at photos of other folks kitty companions.

Talin's Corner said...

Love your Hoot-mon quilt pattern. Thanks for sharing pics of your pets, they are cute.

LethargicLass said...

your cats are gorgeous!!