Monday, August 15, 2011

Pets on Quilts Show

Today is the start of another great quilt show!
I love the idea that you can show your pet quilts or your pets on quilts!  I have two very special cats I would like to share with you today.

First up is the late Opus the penguin. 

He was my baby for 14.5 years.  He was my sewing partner, computer partner, roll around on the carpet partner.  He was also the inspiration for the name and logo I sell under. 

As you can see he loved being in the center of my quilting action.  If you notice I came into my studio one day to find him laying on the Christmas cat fabric I was ironing on the ironing board.  Behind him on my design wall was a wall hanging made of cat heads.  Also two 12" cat blocks from a swap I was participating in.  Oh and a couple of 12" Star Trek swap blocks.  Opus would also lay across my shoulders on the back of my sewing chair and bat at the needle as it went up and down on the sewing machine.  He also loved to walk across the computer keyboard as I emailed my internet quilt group.  I miss him still.

My current kitty is Kalli.  She is not as brave and fearless as Opus was. She is only just now warming up to the sewing machine noise.  Before she would not even stay in the same room with it.  But she is a quilt kitty!

I won this Christmas mix tape quilt from fiesty eily and laid it on the floor to photograph it.  Kalli walked right up and laid down on it.

And then she started rolling around on it like it was covered in catnip.  Whenever I get this quilt out she always rolls her self up in it. 

Kalli also loves to walk on the back of the sofa and hide behind the quilt hanging on the wall.  Sometimes I look all over the house calling her and then remember to look there.  I think she thinks she is invisible behind there.

Keep dreaming...Colleen

On Gull Lake in Canada, Dad would carry me and my kayak
some where and drop me off to paddle.


36 comments:

Nanbon44 said...

what a wonderful photo of Opus, he was loved and it showed... Now the new kitty looks like she is a quilt cat...maybe she though the quilt for just for her...

wackywoman said...

Most adorable!!!

LynCC said...

I love Opus's name. What a striking fella he was.

Janet said...

Opus looks like a king! Kalli has a lot to live up to.

Threeundertwo said...

Great photos. I'm sorry you lost your beloved Opus, I'm so glad to see Kalli is warming up to quilting. She looks like such a sweetheart.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just love the photo of Opus. Kalli looks so relaxed, snuggled into a quilt.

Dana Gaffney said...

Opus was one handsome guy. He has that look of "I am the King of all". Kalli with those big round eyes looks a little unsure. She is beautiful, I love her colors and she looks so soft, good cuddle cat. I guess she claimed that quilt as her own.

andsewon said...

Opus was one good lookin TomKitty! I am sure he is greatly missed. Kalli is very pretty too, looks like our Cocoa Kitty!

QuiltSue said...

Opus was very handsome and Kalli is very pretty. I love the quilt she's lying on.

Lesly said...

Lovely cats - Opus was a handsome fellow and I can tell Kalli is a sweetie. Thanks for sharing!

Stray Stitches said...

Your kitties are adorable!! Love the quilt Kalli is laying on :)

Thearica said...

It is very hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet...although you can never replace Opus, Kalli looks like she will fill that void really well.

Connie said...

What a great photo of Opus! Kalli is so cute and before you know it she will be with you all the time in your sewing room! She has great taste in quilts!

paulette said...

Lovely pictures...she has wonderful taste in quilts!!
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Barbara said...

What a pretty kitty.

Becky said...

Wonderful quilt and "quilt friend." Thanks for sharing with us!

Staci said...

What sweet kitties! I enjoyed seeing your photos and learning about your kitties.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Ah, that was a nice post! Thanks for sharing! Pam

hetty said...

What cute kitties! Opus was the king, but Kalli will certainly be your princess. That's a lovely quilt she is sitting on.

Joanna said...

It sounds as if Opus was a wonderful pal, and Kalli has beautiful markings and a sweet face. Beautiful pictures.

Tonya said...

Sounds like you have had wonderful sewing room companions. Isn't it funny that Kalli has attached herself to that particular quilt?

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Opus sounds like a wonderful companion. Kalli is adorable.

Gladys said...

What sweet kitties!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Now there's a talent, a cat that can roll themselves up in a quilt. Maybe my cats are just lazy, because they make me help them.

SoCal Debbie said...

Opus was a very handsome kitty. Your pictures are wonderful!

Kelli said...
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Kelli said...

Pets are like family members..they stay in our hearts forever. Love the wall hanging behind Opus, and Kalli is very pretty--love those eyes. :)

Snoodles said...

Love your quilties and the kitties!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your kitty has such a sweet face. Very cute pictures. And pretty quilt too :-)

SewCalGal said...

I can tell Opus was much loved, as is Kalli. I know you can't replace the love of one with another, but I'm still so happy that you brought Kalli into your home. Beautiful cat and she so appreciates your beautiful quilts too.

Thanks for sharing in the Pets on Quilts Show.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

missknitta said...

Thank you so much for introducing us to Kalli, she is really lovely! I'm glad she is getting more interested in keeping you company while you sew -- you must really miss that are having Opus with you for so long!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

Kalli has a good eye for good looking quilts. Your pic of Gull Lake, is that Gull Lake, Alberta? There are several Gull Lakes I think.

Pat V. said...

Glad that Kalli is finally getting into quilting!

Melissa said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely kitties with me. My dogs will not allow me to have a kitty, so I do enjoy looking at photos of other folks kitty companions.

LethargicLass said...

Kalli is a little beauty, and Opus looks like he was a wonderful companion :)

Kathy T. said...

RIP, Opus ... love lives on. Your Kalli looks very special and will do her best to warm your heart again. The christmas quilt is lovely and very huggable!

PS Kalli IS invisible behind the wall hanging ... trust me.