Friday Cat Blogging – 31 May 2013

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Today we’re back to quiltblogging. The quilter-in-chief is helping out with the photography by waving a finger in the general direction of the catbloggee-in-chief.

This is a Mystery Quilt. Here’s how this works. Apparently you get instructions for making it a bit at a time. First, you get instructions on what fabric to buy. Then you’re told to do some cutting. Then some other cutting. And some stitching. Then some other stuff. Eventually, when you get to the final page of instructions, it all comes together.

Now, it seems to me that it’s fine to call this a mystery quilt while it’s being pieced together. But once it’s done, shouldn’t it be something else? When you receive the final page of instructions, shouldn’t you slap your head and say Aha! That’s what it is! I guess not.

In any case, this is a Debbie Caffrey pattern, machine pieced and hand quilted using 1930s reproduction fabrics. It was done some time ago, back when Marian still preferred hand quilting. No longer, though. Machine quilting, I’m told, has improved dramatically in recent years, and anyway, some time back Marian found a machine quilter she adores who now does all our quilting for us. She’s really good (and has the backlog to prove it).

In other news, Grumpy Cat has landed a film deal. Seriously.

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