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Lessons I-VII and Quilting Archives


“Cat Nap” was made from my favorite vest pattern, probably no longer available, McCalls # 6786. This pattern has several choices, and the best one I have found is the view that uses several panels in the vest front, thus eliminating the need for darts. I decided to make a change in the overall length of the garment, but kept the general design lines the same. I used a variety of fabrics: the front features a royal blue print with spools of thread in its design, a medium blue small scale print, and finally a cat-themed print on an off-white ground. I added multicolored Prairie Points between the blue panels.

The vest back is made up of a center panel which features an orange and white tabby cat sitting atop a pile of 5 quilts. Each of the quilts is a different pattern and include a pieced rail fence, a red and green sample of Seminole patchwork, a sampler with Friendship star blocks, a cat motif quilt, and on top, a crazy quilt. The side panels and yoke are made from the same royal blue print that was used on the front of the vest, and Prairie Points are featured.

Accents of bright red were used for the front pocket welts, the side ties, and the border of the back panel. I entered this vest in the Lake County FL Fair in the spring of 2015 and it won Second Best in category: Quilted Items. The red prize ribbon is shown on the front view. The $10.00 prize is currently pinned to the bulletin board in my sewing room.