Sunday, December 17, 2006

Cat Tree and Pillow top

I took a bunch of half square triangles I had, and put together this little pillow top to go with a quilt I'm giving away for Christmas. The hsts were little bonus triangles - I used most of them to go around the border of the quilt, but had a BUNCH left over. The resulting pillow is way too contrasty, but I figure, hey, it matches the border perfectly. :) And I wanted to try the depression block, too.


I've also been starting on a new cat tree. The one I have now is over 20 years old and has been through a lot. The sisal rope has been clawed completely loose in places (which is really fine, I WANTED it to be used) but it's looking awfully shabby. The carpet on the top is coming off, the carpet on the middle perch is shredding strings. I bought some sonotube to make perches with this time, getting fancy! Also, when the local fabric store went out of business, I got some of the heavy duty tubes that upholstry fabric is rolled on. My nephew cut one in half for me, and drilled three holes in each tube for dowels. I'm covering it with more sisal, and this will be a cute little three-rung stepladder between levels.


Toby was wearing himself out, chasing the rope end wiggling around as I was wrapping the ladder, but I stopped and taped the free end down when I decided I needed some hot glue to put around the wrapped dowel. He came over to check the ladder out, then got tired of waiting for me to entertain him again.

I've even been thinking about doing some quilted, washable covers for the new sonotube perches. Here's a picture of a tree with sonotube perches, but my cat tree is going to look different, with half tubes and a whole tube cave for them to snuggle in. Have any of you ever combined quilting and cat-tree making? Any advice?

6 comments:

Lily said...

Well done Jane on finding a use for those leftover HSTs!

I think you're amazing making a cat tree! We're about to buy one for our puss, who arrives with us in late jan.

I am planning on making him a snuggle quilt, but not one for his tree...just yet!

joyce said...

Cats and quilts just seem to go together from what I read on people's blogs. Maybe there is a business selling quilted cat tree covers. The cats will just whine and sulk until they get one. Could be a big business!

Hedgehog said...

Love those depression blocks! What a lucky kitty!

quiltpixie said...

great idea to work on a cat tree.... I'm much to lazy, but can see how the cats would appreciate it! ;-)

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Great Job! Cats sure do love Quilts.

Ann said...

Nice pillow. To me, Toby looks like he's waiting for you to finish his tree! He's waiting patiently for it, so get with the program. hehe

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