Tools and equipment: Scissors; pins, needles; sewing machine; yardstick; iron; quilting needles; thimble.
Size: Approximately 44 x 52 inches.
Pattern: Pattern and piece placement at bottom of page.
1. Wash, dry, and press all fabrics.
2. Cut 16 rectangles, each 9-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches, from the white fabric. Cut the following number of 1-1/2 x 11-1/2-inch strips from the scrap fabrics (using as many different fabrics as you have available): 24 brown, 20 yellow, and 20 orange. (These measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances.)
3. Following pattern, cut pieces for cat appliques, adding 1/4-inch seam allowances to each piece. Cut out enough pieces for 6 yellow, 5 orange, and 5 brown cats. Make ears and paws from the same fabric, head and body from another fabric, tail and legs from a different fabric, and nose from another fabric. Clip seam allowances as needed, and press to back.
4. To make a single appliqued block, pin body to a white rectangle, with bottom line of body 2 inches from bottom of rectangle, centered from side to side. Pin legs in place, tucking side of leg where it meets side of body over the edge of body. Pin paws on. Clip tail where shown on pattern, and press under all of tail except from slit up. Slip this seam allowance above slit under body and pin. Pin rest of tail over body seam allowance. Pin head in place, ears under, nose over, with top seam allowance tucked under top of head. Applique all parts in place.
Draw mouth, nose, eyes, and pupils in with pencil. Embroider in outline stitch with 1 strand of floss, using 2 to fill in pupils and nose with satin stitch.
Using a 1/4-inch seam, sew one strip to each of the long sides of the rectangle. Press seams toward the strips. Orange cat has yellow strips, yellow has brown, brown has orange. Sew strips on top and bottom, and press seams toward strips.
Place completed appliqued rectangle, right side up, on same-size rectangles of batting and backing fabric, right side down. For yellow cat, use yellow backing fabric; for orange cat, orange fabric, for brown. brown. Smooth out layers and pin securely. Edges should match.
Quilt around cat outline 1/4 inch or so from edge, and quilt 1/4 inch inside edge of white rectangle with quilting thread.
5. When all rectangles are finished, sew them together in rows 4 across, then sew the 4 rows together to form quilt top. See photograph above for arrangement. To sew rectangles together, first sew just the edges of quilt-top rectangles together in a 1/4-inch seam, pinning backing and batting out of the way. Turn over to back, and smooth edges of batting flat, trimming one edge a bit. Smooth one edge of backing fabric over the top of the batting, turn the other edge under 1/4 inch, pin, and sew down with a slip stitch. Do not go through to the front of the quilt. This seam should be over the seam on the quilt top.
Quilt on both sides of seams that join the rectangles together, stopping 1/2 inch from quilt edge. Turn edges of completed quilt under 1/4 inch and pin together. Close with slip stitch.
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