Wednesday, August 1, 2012

OFW Hexie , Pets on Quilts, my 100th Post& ?

"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement."   - Henry Ford

Well I don't know if Henry Ford would include quilting mistakes in the quote above but I guess it's possible to sew something wrong and decide you like it better............

So anyway........I am at the point with my Hexagon Oz Wall Hanging that I am not sure I want to sew the whole flower together for fear I will have to take it apart.......so I have been making mountains of petals for the Kansas side of the Oz hanging in hopes of finding just the right colors that will transition from a tornado sky to the blue sky of Oz................but in the meantime I found some more "flying" animals to add to the Kansas sky..........I may have found the perfect batik fabric this week at my LQS and I think I will use it to form the tornado..........
the flowers don't show up as well on this fabric although I like the way the cat and the pig could be placed so they look like they really  are flying in the tornado...... but here they are on another background so you can see them better.
Have you all been to Karen's OFW page today?  She has a beautiful garden and you can go there by clicking on this LINK

In the next part of my post I want to tell you all about the linky party at Lily Pad Quilting............it is the wonderful, fantabulous, (drumroll) 



I hope you will click on the link above and check out all the incredible entries.
This is my first year to enter and I am entering the quilt I made for my son, Josh.  I am entering it in the category, "Cat on Quilt/Cat themed quilt".  I don't know if that is one category or two but I am entering both. Voting will not be open until August 9 and will run until August 12.  I hope you will vote for "Josh's Kitty Quilt" and help me win some fabulous prize!  I will place a link on my page on the 9th if you would like to vote....Ok here we go!
  First photo is of just the quilt.........


 and a closeup of the center block:


My son, Josh has loved cats since he was just a little tyke and during his lifetime we have had two wonderful cats running in our house, so I found it fitting to dedicate his quilt to Lucy and Tinkerbell.  Lucy is the cat represented by the two opposing yellow cats and Tinkerbell is the gray cat.  The center block is "Snails Trail", which is perfect for the 4 cat tails...............
The quilt was made after Lucy was no longer with us (she crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the ripe old age of 19)  but we are lucky that Tinker (14 yrs old now) is still with us.
Here are some photos to show you how Tinker approves of her namesake quilt:


 As I mentioned earlier.....Lucy was with us for 19 years.....I brought her home to be a "mouser" in 1980 so she was already 6 years old when my son, Josh, came along.........and Josh loved cats from the first.....here he is over the years with sweet Miss Lucy......


We rescued Tinkerbell in a rainstorm from the rain gutter at Albertsons's grocery back in 1998.   Josh and I were just leaving when he said, "Look, Mama, there's a poor little kitty over there in the rain"..................
When we drove up, stopped and got out, the kitty had disappeared!  I had a feeling that the kitty had caught a ride under our car so I drove back home (a block away) very slowly.....then we pulled into the garage, got out and went inside..........about 15 minutes later Josh had gone out to check and heard "meow, meow, meow....".....and so is the story of Tinkerbell's "adoption"............A cat will decide who will be her master and Tinker chose Josh........(Lucy was mine). We actually had two cats in the house for a couple of years....but now Tinkerbell runs things..........Josh just got home from work and he indulged his Mama in one more photo........here he is today with his Tinkerbell



Tinker does like to be "consulted" with other quilting projects........here she is helping me with my State Birds Dresden quilt.......


 Gosh this is the longest post I've ever had...........and so it is fitting that it is also my 100th post!  And another thing is happening this month........I will celebrate my birthday on Saturday and I was just thinking that this would be the perfect time for a giveaway!  Since I have already stretched your patience with this lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng post........please forgive me.....I will just ask you to stay tuned because I will post the giveaway soon! TaTa for now!



55 good friend(s) left a comment:

Agnes B Bullock said...

FABULOUS - love the hexies and the cats in the center of the other quilt!

Hilachas said...

Nice post. You posted so much that I don't know what to comment on first. The hexies are going to be perfect with that tornado-looking fabric and your cat quilt is fabulous. I just love how those tails intertwine with each other in the middle and I know I will vote for your quilt. Unless someone has a better one, jajajaja.... Just kidding.

shez said...

lovely story about your cats Ida,and i will vote for your gorgeous cat quilt.xx

Needled Mom said...

That tornado looking fabric is perfect!!!! I love the idea of the flying animals. Now you need some little houses flying too.

Your Pets on Quilts contribution is so nice. It was fun to read the story that went with it too. Do you think the kitty had crawled up into the motor? Oh dear!!!

Cherie said...

Wow girl you sure know how to talk (kidding!)
I have enjoyed reading your blog posts and seeing all your hexie flowers. Such lovely cats...they are way more interesting than dogs. As Mr Tinkles said "Cats rule!" =D

heather said...

I love that cat quilt. I'm always finding mine on fabric somewhere. I was trying to take quilt pictures this morning and shooing cats to do it.

Cybele's patch said...

What a great idea to have pets in your hexi flowers. I also love the cat quilt. Your cats are adorable. They look very much like our cats.

Loris said...

Love the tesselating cat quilt...not to mention the sweet cats sitting on it. Lovely work!

CaroleM said...

I love this post - the story of Josh and your cats, and the pictures too!! Thanks for sharing!

Snoodles said...

Wonderful pictures and such a sweet story...so glad you entered and shared this with us!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Wonderful story...just love Tinker and Lucy (how amazing is that, 19yrs!)...Love Joshua's quilt!

Anthea said...

Ida, ah yes you & your family are renting the house from the Cat, it seems! The hexies are coming along well!

Karen said...

A wonderful post Ida, I love the story of Miss Lucy and Tinkerbell. Great tornado fabric and the flying animals too!

quiltmom said...

Josh's quilt is wonderful_ I love how the cat's meet in the center- We have a son who will be 25 in December. he loves cats and Mars and he are great buddies. He misses Mars alot as he lives across the country from us.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I hope you will visit again.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

SewCalGal said...

Such a cute post/entry in the Pets on Quilts Show.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

sherry said...

cute cats and wonderful story

The English Ladies! said...

Love the tornado fabric!

Kathy said...

Happy early birthday and congrats on your 100th post. Tinkerbell is so lucky to have such a nice family. Great batik fabric for your Oz quilt. I can't wait to see how all those hexagons turn out!

Gene Black said...

Very clever idea for the tornado fabric!

Gene Black said...

Very clever idea for the tornado fabric!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happy birthday and congratulations on 100. I just loved the story of 'adoption' and the growing up photos were special - a tribute to a memory. Thank you for sharing.

Donna~~ said...

Fun to see your kitties and to see Josh grow up too! Thanks for sharing your story!

Missy Shay said...

What special friends! I have a 16 year and 13 year old cats, and they are such a part of the family!

Marcia W. said...

This is a lovely story and a great quilt to match! Thanks.

Laurie in Maine said...

Nice cat story with the best lived happily ever after ending :)

Dana Gaffney said...

I love the progressive pictures of Josh with his kitty, such nice memories. Thank you.

Joanna said...

Your cat quilt and the other quilts are beautiful. I love hearing how people came to have their pets. Lucy and Tinker were and are lucky cats.

Jillsknit said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Cats and quilts - what more cuold you ask for. Love the snail's trail kitty quilt.

MC said...

What a fantastic way to modify the snail's trail block, I love this quilt idea. It is also great to see pictures of your son growing up with the family kitties!

Kat said...

What a great post, Ida. Happy Birthday tomorrow!! Tomorrow is also my daughter Rachel's 9th birthday :-)

Mina said...

I think a dog will choose its owner as well.

Happy Birthday!

Elizabeth S. said...

I just love the quilt with the four kitty tails wrapping around each other.

Marianne said...

What sweet memories. I had a cat named Tinkerbell back in high school. Thanks for reminding me.

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!! Love the quilt with the cats in the middle - cool!

Kruse Kats said...

I love the tangled tails block, and love that you used it in the corner designs. You are inspiring me!

QuiltSue said...

The quilt is great, and your Tinker obviously takes her job of inspecting them very seriously.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Aww how sweet!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

What a great little post and Tinker is too precious.

Mhairi said...

Beautiful quilts and I love the story too.

Denise in PA said...

Love the hexies! I'm in the middle of a hexie quilt myself - so fun. What a lovely Tinkerbell story! I'm sure she makes a very good quilt consultant!

Junebug613 said...

Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing the story of your kitties and your son along with your lovely quilts!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

What a sweet cat thanks for sharing.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love the story of the 'adoption'!!

heartsease54 said...

What a great post-I love posts like this. Great quilts and wonderful cats too.

Marjorie said...

Cute kitties and beautiful quilts.

Kirsten said...

So many great photos of your cats and I love the story about Tinkerbell coming to be with you.

JustPam said...

I loved the progression of your son and his cat. Good luck. I didn't realize you were to vote on these or I wouldn't have entered.

Lyndsey said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. The cats and the quilts are fabulous

Pat said...

Lovely cats and quilts!

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

Happy 100th post! Loved the story of Lucy and Tinkerbell inspiring this quilt :) I'm sure you miss your Lucy, and what a wonderful way to remember her!

Colleen said...

nice quilts and cats. thank you for sharing

Debi said...

What a lovely story, thank you for sharing. Your kitties are beautiful and your quilts are wonderful.

Jenn said...

I love how they adopt you! I recently found a fur ball and after giving her some food she proceeded to follow me up the stairs (crying!) to my apartment.

Needless to say the next day when I had a box and she came for dinner - she came inside and stayed :)

Katie, Sparky, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie, Zeek said...

Neat quilt! Love your cats too.
Linda, Katie, Sparky, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Great quilts and stories.