“Humm – Purr”

Diamond kitty

I’m working on the latest Free Motion Quilting challenge with Cindy Needham this month.

I have been learning so much this year and I can’t recommend it enough for any quilter. I, myself, being a hand quilting purist am having a wonderful time.

I haven’t actually began the tutorial, but Cindy recommends finding your sewing rhythm by simply sitting down at a machine and sewing.  She recommends listening to your machine and find that purrrrfect (that was me, not her.) sound your machine makes, not too fast, not too slow.

Here is what I was working on.

FMQ feathers


I was trying to find that rhythm. Trying and trying and trying

when all of a sudden I could hear it. I could actually hear that purring rhythm…..

Except, it wasn’t my sewing machine.



The source of the purr.


This is Diamond. She is one our many kitties. She thought my quilt just looked like a comfy place to crawl up in and sleep.

Now, do I move her or do I let her sleep? I certainly can’t sew with her on the quilt. That needle moving up and down is just too big of a temptation.  What would you do?


Diamond kitty


  1. Jeanne Prue says:

    LOL! What a cute post! I also have a wannabe quilter cat so I totally empathize. Your machine quilting is so nice!

    • Quilty Stuff says:

      Jeanne, you are so kind. I wouldn’t be the quilter I am today if it wasn’t for you.
      As far as cats go, I’m so afraid that they are going to hop up on the ironing board and get burned or jump up and put their paw under the needle. I had one who would pull all the pins out of my design wall and chew on them. I had to make sure I put the pins in just right or I would come up in the morning and all my blocks would be on the floor. I’m so glad he didn’t eat a pin. -M.

  2. landscapelady says:

    Well, you had better make her a quilt to lay on while you quilt:-) she is beautiful and deserves only the best which I’m sure she is telling you with purrrrrr talk.

    What kind of quilting gloves are those and do you like them. I just can’t seem to find any I feel comfortable wearing.

    By the way I am a fellow Vermont quilter ;-)

    • Quilty Stuff says:

      I think I will have to make her a quilt. All our cats love the action in the sewing room so it can be a challenge at times. The gloves are Fon’s and Porter. They were the only ones available at the quilt shop. I can’t believe the difference they make. When I don’t have them on I have no control at all. They look very similar to a lot of my garden gloves, but because they are bright yellow everyone knows that they are off limits. I’m glad to meet a fellow Vermont quilter.

  3. Jean Romack says:

    Your kitty is adorable, who can resist the face. Leave her be for a little while, maybe she will decide to leave you to your quilt later. Its obvious she wants to be near you.

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