Friday Cat Blogging – 27 December 2013

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Here it is, our final quilt of the year. The design is a “blooming nine patch.” (The nine-patchy nature of the quilt might not be obvious at a distance. Click here for a close-up. If you look carefully, you’ll see that every other square is 3×3 nine-patch.) It’s machine pieced and machine quilted, and it’s the only quilt Marian has designed specifically to coordinate with our house. (It matches the drapes.) And since this is our final quilt, it’s fitting to spotlight the person responsible for this year’s quiltfest. In this year’s final catblogging picture, Marian is doing her best to get Domino to cooperate with the camera, and as you can see, she succeeded admirably.

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