Working on quilts has proven to be difficult. The slightest rustle of fabric and Oliver is all over it, whether its at the sewing machine, being layered out on the table, laid out for photographs, or freshly out of the wash. He has truly found his happy place. Except not too happy for me when I'm trying to get things done.
Here he is caught red-handed time and time again! Only on quilts though, he never shows any interest in any of the my other sewing projects. Skirts, dresses and bags are entirely safe.
There seemed to be only one solution – make Oliver a quilt of his own, so when I'm sewing I can lay that out and keep him off my work. Of course it makes him very happy too, so he should have a quilt of his very own. With his one leg missing, he sometimes seems to find it hard to lie out comfortably and often drags fabric into a pile to lie on, so I know he'll love the softness of his quilt.
When I made my serger jelly roll quilt I had triangles left over on the sides after cutting the large square blocks from the center of the big fabric piece. These sort-of matched because they are the same fabric, but these are triangles sewn into blocks, to use up all the bits, rather than just the square blocks.
I did toy with the idea of adding them to the back panel of the quilt, but well, I was sending it out for quilting to Lucy for long arm quilting and didn't want to give her any extra work to do, so instead I made up the 3 spare blocks into a single row. Lucy quilted these for me separately, I added a matching binding and there you have it!
Oliver has the perfect cat sized quilt of his own.
Now he can pull in those ends and make himself a little pillow, or usually, he scrunches it up and rests his shoulder on the thicker part of the quilt to make up for his missing arm. He now sleeps like a baby and loves his quilt.
In fact, we have to move it around now to his various sleeping places. So on the bottom of the bed in the mornings, on the sofa for the afternoon, and then up on the top of the back of the sofa where he lies stretched out for the evenings to cool down, while we watch a film.
I can also move it into the sewing room to keep him off my work in there too. Perfect. Oliver loves his new quilt.
Want to sew some items for your pets? Here's a round up I did earlier this year of ideal sewing projects for your pets, for National Dress Up your Pet Day. Yes, there's a National Day for everything!