When I began to quilt, I took classes at an amazing quilt shop; The Country Quilter, in Somers, New York. The teachers were so knowledgeable and experienced. When I first began, I only knew how to sew a button on a shirt, and I remembered how to thread a sewing machine from my 7th grade Home Economics class.
This shop was in a cute little house. I loved looking at all the bolts of fabrics. There were so many. Mixing and matching the colorful bolts of solids and patterns, was so much fun.
I had one teacher who loved her family, friends, and her cats. Of course on the back of each quilt there was a label, with a dedication. She also told me that she dedicated a quilt to each of her cats. I know she had a few over the years, but was not a crazy cat lady either.
What a beautiful thought to do that for your pets.
The cats didn’t sleep on them every night or actually use them. But I decided to adopt this tradition. So I dedicated this first one to our cat Josie.
The quilt is stitched in the ditch. And has some hand quilting in it too.
There are little tulips along the edges, and in the yellow squares.
And of course the label…
Josie was six years old when we adopted her from a Ragdoll Rescue Organization. She was abused by several breeders, which is awful.
We were so happy to make her a member of our family. As she got older, she often suffered from bladder infections. After we would come home from the vet, she would lie down on our bed. I took this quilt and made a circle with it around her. It was like her own little nest. And I didn’t care if she slept on it. If that’s what made her feel better, than it was fine by me.
When she was feeling better, she would jump out and come into the living room to find us for love and petting. Josie was so cute and sweet.
This is not my favorite photo of her. I think a lot of our photos are still in a box we haven’t gotten to yet from moving.
Today I am linking up with Throwback Thursday @quarterofaninchfromthedge,
And October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. I volunteer at SPCA of Briarcliff, a no-kill shelter. Adopting a dog or a cat is a wonderful thing to do.