Last month I tackled one of my first pieced quilt patterns, The Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman. Most of the other quilts I’ve done have been my own pattern or basic squares so this was my first time following quilting instructions. This pattern was a breeze to put together but for my first one, I decided to start with a mini quilt and someday soon, I’ll make a full size quilt!
The Kittens Blocks work up so quickly and her steps lay it out to make them quite easy to customize. I decided I would make them look just like our two furry babies and us too!
I used this pretty pink ombré cotton to represent “me” because I love that the colour is so soft! The Plain Kitten blocks were used for this kitten and my husbands.
This stripey friend represents my cat Piper. He has a really pink nose and a stripe of white down his face. I added a little extra white around the nose so it looks even closer to my cat!
This stripey friend is our big cat Jude. I had to get a little creative with this one because Jude has a half white, half brown moustache plus a little patch of white near his nose. By adding a little triangle of white, I was able to add that little patch perfectly!
Speckled in blue is the cat to represent my Husband. I ran out of blue and it was his idea to do the stripes and it work perfectly to look like whiskers.
On the back, I brought the Tula Pink Circles from the front for the backing. I also added some little triangles at the top corners along the binding so I can slide a dowel behind and hang it on the wall. I did a simple curved quilting so that the cats and backing could really stand out.
For my little man I created him a custom pillow. While little man doesn’t’ wear glasses, he insisted that his cat did! He picked all the fabric and helped me with the details. Originally we weren’t going to add the pupils and whiskers but the yellow eyes looked a little spooky!
I added a bright green zipper to the base so he could easily change out the pillow as needed. I also did very basic quilting so that the eyes and whiskers could really stand out!
On the back we went with some fun Diary of a Wimpy Kid fabric so he could have either side sitting up. They’re his favourite books to read and now he has a matching throw pillow to the pillowcase he made himself!
I’m so excited to have finished this quilt and cannot wait to get it hanging on my sewing room wall. Are you a crazy cat lady too? I can’t wait to get started on my next Kittens Quilt. What colours do you think I should make next?