Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sigmund on Quilts and Rescue Blanket Update


Pets on QuiltsWelcome to everyone joining us for the Pets on Quilts Show! Before I get into details about the fluffy quality inspector that likes to nap in my sewing room, I'd like to take a moment to tell you animal lovers about the cause I am sewing for this year.

The Snuggles Project is an organisation that encourages people to donate blankets to local animal rescue shelters. Each donated blanket, or "Snuggle", provides comfort to a rescued cat or dog during their difficult time at the shelter, and will stay with them to ease the transition to their Forever Home. Find out how you can help on the Snuggles Project website, including a list of shelters in your area looking for donations.

So far this year I've made ten kitty rescue blankets. Each blanket will have a label attached with details and contact information. Here they are, all ready for snuggling!


To read more about the project, and find out the story behind each blanket, visit my Blankets for Kitties page. My favourite feline Sigmund was rescued as a kitten, and he now takes his role in my kitty blanket project very seriously.

Here he is assisting with the construction process

Here he is performing the all important comfort and nappability test

And here, checking the lighting as my photography assistant

When there is no kitty blanket underway, Sigmund likes to use his expertise to help with other essential tasks:

Modelling my fabric selection

Holding down table runners so they don't fly away

Checking for loose threads

Protecting our bed from blanket thieves

And, finally, getting some well deserved rest after a hard day's work

And now that you've seen quilts for pets, and quilts under my pet, how about some actual animals on a quilt to round things out? A collage of turtles!


This Houndstooth Turtles mini quilt was one of my first ever quilting projects. Each of those little guys is made out of felt, hand embroidered, and hand stitched onto the quilt. I then quilted around them to make them nice and puffy. (I'll admit, I mostly added the turtles to detract from the piecing mistake that made the pink hounds' ears twice the size of the green.)

And now I'm off to 'Oooh' and 'Aaah' at all of the other participants' adorable pets and colourful quilting!

52 comments:

  1. Well, thank goodness you have Sigmund, I don't know how you would get anything done without all of that assistance. LOL. He looks like he's purring in a bunch of those pictures.
    Thanks for idea, I'm going to pull fabric today for kitty beds.

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  2. Tough job but Sigmund is obviously up for the challenge!

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  3. LOL.... I once had a cat that helped me with everything too. His favorite trick was "booby trapping" the bed. he would hide under the quilt and wait for burgulars. Sometimes he thought I was a burgular.
    Love your turtles.

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  4. Sigmund and you are doing an awesome job!

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  5. Wonderful post! What a great idea for helping kitties and pups at the shelters....hope lots of folks will pick up on that. (Hmmm, maybe a special category for next year's show....)
    Thanks for all the cute pix and love the humor, too!

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  6. What a great project. I'm a firm believer that a pet living in a shelter needs a good comfy blanket/bed. If they have a good nights sleep they will be in a better state of mind, the next day, and ultimately have a better chance of finding a forever home.

    Love your post, project, cats, quilts. What fun.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  7. It is good to know that all your projects go through such "rigorous" inspections and that they are "Sigmund Approved"........what a lovely cat and your turtle mini is adorable.

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  8. Love your cat quilts and will check out the site. I've given some snuggly blankets for the local cat rescue assistants and have loved the cats they have helped me adopt.

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  9. Sigmund is a fantastic helper!! Ha! how sweet. Love the turtles mini quilt too!

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  10. Sigmund looks like a big helper, the last photo is my favorite!

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  11. It's so nice to have a quilt tester to help out. Love the turtles!

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  12. Love Sigmund and the turtles too...what a wonderful project you are doing with the 'blankies' - for years we have been making "pillows" stuffed with fabric scraps for our local shelter...keep up the great work!

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  13. Love your helper and your variety of ideas.

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  14. So nice to meet a fellow Edmontonian- What a great project that you are involved in- Thanks for sharing. Love the little turtles too
    Warmest regards, Anna

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  15. I had to read about the kitty quilts, wonderful project. You have a sweet helper. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  16. I love the kitty quilt project! But even more, I love your feline helper, Sigmund. He reminds me a lot of my quality control officer, Foster. Foster often has an expression similar to Sigmund's expression on the picture where he's helping with the construction process. Sort of, "Don't even THINK about sewing any of these squares. I'm not finished inspecting them yet!!" LOL

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  17. Sigmund is an accomplished quilter!

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  18. Love your turtle! Have been seeking turtle or owl pattern ideas for next project. Nice visiting all the pets on quilts blogs :)

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  19. Sigmund is very much like my Molly cat, except she'd rather sleep on something when I am not looking or step on my pedal when I am not paying attention to her! Those turtles look like they could be cousins of Snoodles' turtles!

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  20. Sigmund is gorgeous! What a handsome model for all of those lovely quilts.

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  21. He, he,he. Wonderful post.

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  22. Purr purr from Rusken to your cat. All cats needs a lot of quilts to sleep on.

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  23. Sigmund is such a purrrfect quilt model..

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  24. Wow, your assistant really works hard!

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  25. What a sweet kitty! I hope he gets extra treats for anointing your quilts with cat hair.

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  26. Sigmund is a real charmer and such a huge help. He's a real asset to your lovely quilts.

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  27. Sigmund is adorable - beautiful quilts too!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your photos of Sigmund, he looks so cute on your work! Cute little turtles too!

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  29. Sigmund is beautiful! And the turtle quilt is cute, cute, cute!

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  30. Gorgeous quilts. I love the one with the turtles. Sigmund looks wonderful on them

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  31. Love the name...sigmund. Suits him very well. Great selection of quilts that he owns.

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  32. I think both of you - Sigmund and you - are doing very important job with the rescue blankets!

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  33. What a brilliant job Sigmund does, with you as his assistant.

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  34. He seems to take the job very seriously, but apparently he can also take it easy and enjoy receiving a loving home by you. Great idea with the rescue quilts :)

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  35. Your quilts are wonderful, but your helper is even more wonderful. He looks not only useful, but snuggly as well.

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  36. Keeping quilts from flying away is VERY hard work.

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  37. Looks like you have quite the helper and is he beautiful!

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  38. Like the colors in your quilt along with your turtles and cat.

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  39. I am so glad you have such a diligent helper with your quilts. Such a pretty boy.

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  40. Sigmund is so adorable! and I love the turtles. very sweet. :)

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  41. Cute turtles! and I just want to pet your cat!

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  42. Thank you for the link and what a fabulous and fun way to help pets waiting for their forever homes. As a volunteer for a local rescue, I can appreciate this on several levels. I think Sigmund is an excellent inspector and quilt anchor. I adore the turtles!

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  43. Cool name - Sigmund. Love the turtles quilt :)

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  44. I LOVE the turtle quilt. I am a huge fan of turtles (and frogs, just in case Padsworth from lilypad checks:D) and yours are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  45. Sigmund is so cute and such a good helper! You are so wonderful to make and donate kitty snuggle quilts to various groups--they are truly appreciated.

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  46. Sigmund certainly knows what his job is. And, your quilts are wonderful.

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  47. Sigmund is adorable and I love the turtle quilt.

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  48. Sigmund is great a great helper and very cute.
    Thanks for making quilts for the snuggles project, its on my list to join when things slow down :0)

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  49. Sigmund is such a great assistant.
    That's a wonderful project you and he are involved in.
    Thanks for joining in the fun.

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  50. Oh! Sigmund is not only a great assistant, he is a very handsome man cat! He also has great taste! Me loves your quilts!
    Kisses
    Nellie at the Cat From Hell

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