Babies and Cats

Stefan's quilt, front

The baby quilt I sent off to be quilted recently is back, and I’m tickled pink. Make that blue, as this quilt is for a little boy. Longarm quilter Sherry Wadley and I picked a modern swirly edge-to-edge design that echoes the waves in the sea-themed fabric.

Here’s a close-up of the quilting that also shows off some of the prints in the quilt, including a stylish seahorse sporting a bowtie:

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You can see why I fell in love with this line of fabric, Into the Deep, designed by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics.

On the back, the quilting motif shows up well on the batik stream that flows alongside the jellyfish fabric, part of the Into the Deep collection:

Stefan's quilt, back
Here’s a close-up of the stream that shows off that organic-looking quilting:

Stefan's quilt, detail on back
I’m going to bind and label this quilt as quickly as I can so I can deliver it to Baby Stefan. Here’s hoping it will keep him warm and wrapped in love well beyond his toddler years.

In other happy news, there’s a new resident feline in the Portland White House. My husband and I had planned to visit the Oregon Humane Society yesterday but last Friday night I got a call from my friend Colleen, who lives out in the country. A calico cat, obviously hungry, had been hanging around her house all day, and was I interested in taking a look at her? Yes, please!

I picked the kitty up Saturday afternoon, and it was love at first sight. She was thoroughly checked out by our vet on Monday, who thinks she is about one year old. She’s gotten all her shots, been treated for ear mites and fleas, and been microchipped and licensed. She is ours.

And she’s a beauty, don’t you agree?

Coco May 24, 2016
What a mellow cat she has turned out to be, especially for a stray! Now that she knows there will be a next meal, she is totally relaxed. She absolutely adores my husband. This photo was taken on Sunday, the first full day we had her:

Coco with Charlie

We have named her Cordelia, after the daughter of King Lear. (We name all our cats after royalty and I figure literary royalty counts, too.) We call her Coco for short.

Babies and cats. Irresistible!




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11 Responses to Babies and Cats

  1. Jeanne says:

    Adorable quilt.
    Kitty even more adorable!
    Looks like she claims Charlie.
    I have a thing for calicos. (Don’t look at our house if she turns up missing!)

  2. Claudia McCarter says:

    So happy you got a new kitty. She is lovely. She looks just like my first and favorite cat, Katarina. Wishing you many happy years with her!

  3. Fawn says:

    Hey Dawn- this is Fawn- that little Coco looks exactly like my calico, Brittany- nicknamed Britty-brat! She was the BEST cat we’ve ever owned and she lived to be 21 – here’s hoping Coco gives you many lovable years! Britt-brat was chasing a mouse the day before she died! Amazing!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Coco is beautiful and so photogenic. Can’t wait to see pictures of her helping in the sewing studio. Unless, of course, she continues as a Daddy’s girl and follows him everywhere.

  5. Kristi says:

    Both quilt and cat are beautiful! I’m so happy that you found the kitty who was obviously meant to live at the Portland White House! Here’s to many happy years together.

  6. Jean Kelly says:

    Lovely quilt. Even lovelier kitty. Coco is definitely a keeper. Glad you were able to welcome her into your home and hearts.

  7. Vickie says:

    Great quilting on this latest baby quilt! It is always amazing how the quilting takes a quilt to a whole new level.

    Coco is one very lucky cat!

  8. Cindy says:

    All beauties. Congratulations and may you have many happy years together!

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  10. Diane says:

    How did I miss this post? Shame on me.

    Coco is in a long line of Portland White House kitties with rags-to-riches stories to tell! And for us caretakers, with whom cats are kind enough to allow us to share THEIR home, we are all the better for it. You and Chaz are so right to give them royal names!

    Oh and by the way, your finished baby quilt is darling!

  11. Anne Bender says:

    Dawn, the baby quilt is beautiful! Perfect colors and quilting.
    Coco is elegant, beautiful and she knows who is the master ;))

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