Behind Blue Eyes

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I will start with a little background story to this quilt.  A few years ago while I was volunteering at a shelter, Mr. Montague Wilberforce joined our little band.  At the time he was a sick, stressed-out, untrusting, biting middle-aged man.  However, over months of care and a lot of patience, he became a healthy, relaxed and loving gentleman who now purrs all the time.  He also likes nothing better than to spend a lot of his day with me.

 

 

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Except, there is the little factor of a gigantic Maine Coon boy named Mr. Tuffleberry who has been spending his days with me while I work since he was a tiny little kitten.  He does not like to share his bed.  So Mr. Montague comes by now and then in between his romps around the house to cuddle and sleep on my lap for a while.  Since he loves to be very close to his humans without being on the lap the whole time, he spends the rest of the day with my husband in the next room while he works.

 

 

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I really love quilting for my kitties.  I made the 2014 Pantone Challenge quilt for Mr. Tuffleberry while he was recovering from a surgery.  Now it was time to make a personal quilt for Mr. Montague as well.

 

 

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My knitting stars quilt patterns – Aran, Argyle, Vale and Fair Isle

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I had made these vintage-themed star quilt blocks last year.  Having read up on the history of British knitting, I based these patterns on traditional knitting designs.  I made the Argyle and Vale stars first from a set of Grandma’s House fat quarters, and then a mistake led me to making the Fair Isle Star and the Aran Star with different background colours.  I found a perfect Fleur-de-lis grey-cream fabric for the sashing, and I used it for the backing too.  Originally I wanted to hand quilt this, but I am a very slow hand quilter and it would have taken forever.  At the end I decided to machine quilt it with a crisscross diagonal quilting pattern using a green variegated thread and bound the quilt with Kona Chocolate.

 

 

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Now my beautiful blue-eyed boy Monty has a quilt made specially for him that he lounges on and I can chalk up another finish.

 

-Soma

 

 

22 thoughts on “Behind Blue Eyes

  • Lorna McMahon April 10, 2015 at 15:47

    Your block designs are beautiful, Soma. And you chose the purrr-fect fabrics to compliment the cat. Monty is a handsome fellow and looks so contented to lay on his new quilt. Well done!

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  • Ruth April 10, 2015 at 06:52

    Love the blues and greens in this. Looks like Kitty does too!

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  • krislovesfabric April 9, 2015 at 09:12

    Sweet! A beauty of a quilt and kitty. Yay for rescue cats :) I have been a bad blogger of late, trying to catch up!!

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  • Jennifer @ Glinda Quilts April 8, 2015 at 14:14

    Adorable kitty! And how splendid a quilt you have made him :)

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  • Jennifer @ Glinda Quilts April 8, 2015 at 14:13

    How sweet! Adorable kitty and a splendid quilt just for him :)

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  • Cheryl April 8, 2015 at 11:03

    A cute quilt for a cute kitty!

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  • Maartje Quilt April 7, 2015 at 12:01

    Lovely post, quilt and cat!!!
    Love from Amsterdam.

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  • Susie April 6, 2015 at 14:51

    It is just so purrfect for Mr Montague! He know it is his own special, gorgeous , custom kitty quilt!
    I love how you made your knitting blocks into quilt blocks! Isn’t it comforting to do the hand quiltig? He must feel that, too.

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  • Wendy April 6, 2015 at 09:16

    This is a beautiful story both of the cat, and of the making of his own personal quilt. He surely must feel the love you have given him. The quilt is lovely, with the various stars … don’t stars make great quilt squares? Enjoy your day!

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  • Nancy April 3, 2015 at 17:23

    A wonderful story and a beautiful quilt.

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  • Cynthia April 3, 2015 at 13:06

    It is a beautiful quilt. It looks perfect with your cat on it.

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  • Janine April 3, 2015 at 09:49

    Mr. Montague Wilberforce must feel like he’s won the lottery. The quilt is beautiful and your cats are extremely lucky to have you sew for them. I don’t let any of our pets read your posts :)

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  • Mona's Creativity April 3, 2015 at 09:39

    Lovely cat AND quilt! Thank you for sharing the or Mr Montague! I love cats.

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  • Dixie April 3, 2015 at 08:32

    A beautiful napping quilt for the free Mr. Wilberforce. He certainly “found” a loving home.
    A wonderful story, Soma…

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  • France Nadeau April 3, 2015 at 05:37

    I liked seeing the individual blocks and I must say I really like how they look once assembled. I also like how the brown binding brings everything together. Mr. Montague seems to love it.

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  • Kim April 3, 2015 at 05:19

    Such a distinguished name is, Mr. Montague Wilberforce and what a pretty boy he is. AND….what a lucky boy to have his very own beautiful quilt on which to nap! Your Monty is a very handsome fellow!

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  • Mihaela April 2, 2015 at 20:49

    What a beautiful story! What a beautiful quilt! I like very much your fabric selection.
    Lucky kitty!

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  • Mary April 2, 2015 at 20:27

    What a beautiful quilt that is for such a lucky kitty. He is a gorgeous cat.

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  • Kathleen April 2, 2015 at 16:35

    Looks like Monty is giving your sewing skills a close-up inspection :)
    I think he likes it.

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  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts April 2, 2015 at 14:22

    Such a pretty quilt and pretty cat! I always had a cat or two when I was younger, now that I’m married we don’t since hubby is allergic. Some days I miss cuddling up with one!

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  • Susan April 2, 2015 at 12:40

    Oh, he looks so sweet. It was sweet of you to make him his own quilt. My cat wants to be in my lap or right next to me (when he is not eating, doing his toileting, etc.) which is pretty much most of the time.

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  • Silvana (silort) April 2, 2015 at 11:41

    ohh! this is an awesome gift for your lovely Mr Montague! He deserves this care!!!

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