Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cats Know Comfort!

Warning! This is going to be a long post because it includes the directions to make the featured quilt.

A few years ago Debby Kratovil and I discovered the Comfort quilt block. We found it is just perfect for using those yummy oversize prints. Between the two of us we have made a half dozen or so variations of this block.

Five years ago I was invited to give a program at the Textile Museum in Washington DC. This is an excellent smaller museum just north of Dupont Circle. It is well worth making the trip to visit if you happen to be visiting our nation's capital. This talk launched me back into giving programs about quilting to various quilt guilds and quilting venues. You can learn more about my programs and workshops by visiting my website:

I stayed with my daughter, Heidi Eitel, who is an exhibits designer at the National Air and Space Museum Heidi came to the talk and fell in love with this quilt that features Amy Butler fabrics These same fabrics may not be currently available but Amy Butler has many exciting new fabrics that will sew up magnificently into this same quilt pattern.

To prove how comfortable this quilt is, Heidi's two cats, Annie and Andy, have chosen it as their #1 place to take their many daily naps. At night the quilt provides comfort for Heidi and Brian as it rests on their bed.

Here is the quilt that was featured in QUILT magazine the not long before I retired as editor-in-chief in 2006. You can see we made pillow cases, and an accent pillow to complete a full bed ensemble.

Here are the directions to make the quilt. It's so simple to make that you can figure out the sewing on your own after you have cut the the blocks. 

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