My Garden Cat Quilt

Quilt Top Completed 2014

Here is my cute Garden Cat Quilt that was designed by my daughter Katherine and myself - a free pattern for you to download.

If you are new to applique then this is an ideal quilt to start with. Each applique shape has been designed with simple edges to sew around using the raw edge applique method and the placement of these pieces on the quilt is not critical!

You will notice that there are flowers that have stems in the lower part of the quilt and the other half of the flowers - the smaller ones above the height of the cat have no stems as they are floating away in the wind.

If you'd like to use a different cat than in the pattern, then google 'cat silhouettes' - this is how I found this cat and the flowers.

To make this quilt you will need:

  • One Jelly Roll (2 1/2” wide)

From 42” wide fabric

  • 2 yards Cream
  • 3/4 yard Plain Black for appliqué
  • fat quarter Pink appliqué flowers
  • 41/2 yards for backing & binding
  • batting 60” x 80”
  • thread of your choice

Below I have added a photo of one of the blocks in the quilt and the strip sizes I cut to make it. The block finishes 10" x 10".

From light fabric cut:

1x square  4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

1x strip  2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1x strip  2 1/2" x 8 1/2"

From dark fabric cut:

1x strip  2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

1x strip  2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1x strip  2 1/2" x 8 1/2"

1x strip  2 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Below are close up photos of the appliques. The method I used was raw edge machine applique. I applied all my appliques using

Warm Company Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 Double Stick Fusible Web 9"X12" Sheets 5/Pkg

The thread I use by choice is Madeira rayon due to its lovely sheen.

Below I have added the full size applique patterns for you to download and use.

To Full Sized Template
To Medium Flower Template
To Leaf 1 Template
To Leaf 3 Template
To Large Flower Template
To Small Flower Template
To Leaf 2 Template
To Stalk Template

How this garden cat quilt came about

My quilt was a design my daughter Katherine & I created that had been inspired by a range of factors. Firstly I had bought a jelly roll while on a quilting bus tour and I wanted to use it and the background block choice came from the quilt I loved here.

Once the blocks were made and sewn together we were very disappointed in how lifeless the top was. What to do?? With my daughters help in design we created all the appliques using the EQ7 quilting software programme.

No border has been added to our garden cat quilt top yet as we're not sure whether to add one or not. It currently will finish at 50" x 70" which is just right for a babies bed but if we add borders then it will be big enough for a child's bed. Um - decisions. I can see it will sit folded away for a little while yet until a gift is needed or inspiration gets the better of us. Always good to have a project or two to finish at a later date - that's my excuse!!

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