The Cat Napper

We were planning to visit my son and fiancé and their two cats. I wanted to bring something for the kitties. I found a pattern online called “the cat napper” from a company called Sallie Tomato which looked really cute, and ordered it. Here is the cat fabric that was in my stash.

Cat fabric

The construction called for placing 3 sections of 1/4″ fusible foam that was 2 layers thick. The interior fabric was then placed on top of the foam and stitched in place.

Fusible foam, 2 layers

Grosgrain ribbon was placed on the edges for ties and then the binding was stitched all the way around. The binding was the hardest part to accomplish because of the thickness of the foam. It was difficult to keep the stitching straight and I actually broke two needles!

So we arrive in Massachusetts, unpack the cat napper, and waited to see what happened. The first cat to come was Meera, the black cat. She walked around and checked it out from the outside, then scratched her head on it a few times. She finally ventured inside (with the help of a pinch of catnip) and proceeded to roll around inside, overturned it, and thoroughly enjoyed having her own new digs. Later, the other cat, Nutmeg came to check it out, but was unable to go inside because Meera was there to defend her new territory! Which is totally okay because Nutmeg won’t allow Meera on the second floor of the home! Crazy cats!

Summer in Houston, TX

Summer is my least favorite time in Houston. August especially can be brutally hot for weeks with temps high in the 90s and often surpassing 100 degrees. So when my local chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) decided to issue a call for entries for quilts that represented “Life in Bayou City”, it was a no brainer that I would make a quilt that was a commentary on Houston summer weather. It would have to include symbols of the extreme heat, and also the flooding that Houston experienced 2 years ago in the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was a disaster of unbelievable proportions- $125 billion dollars in damage. The storm lasted from August 17 to September 2, 2017.

I started by constructing a temperature graph, using colors that went from yellow to red suggesting rising temperatures.

Constructing the temperature graph

Next, I searched for fabrics to represent the floodwater. I needed to piece several different blue fabrics together trying to get the right variety of light and dark fabrics for flowing water.

Stitched blue fabrics together to represent floods

I then used my printer to try different fonts and sizes to come up with the template for the title lettering.

Paper template for cutting out the lettering

Lastly, it was all pieced together with more lettering added to separate the different sections of the quilt. I had to include those dreaded words” A tropical storm is developing in the Gulf of Mexico” and “Heat advisory in effect for the next 10 days”.

The finished quilt:

Houston Weather

So, here it is the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. I hope my friends here in Houston are prepared and ready for the hurricane season that is ramping up, and I hope Mother Nature is kind to us this year.