“This Old House” Finished

by Nicole

This quilt started out as a class exercise and then turned into something more.

old house

When I found a scrap of fabric with a little kitty, it reminded me of my cat, Mookie, who passed away recently. I knew I wanted to put the cat in front of this house. The scene reminded me of a sentence from Cynthia Rylant’s Cat Heaven that comforted me:
“She will watch the old house
where she once lived and wandered
and the people who loved her inside.”

For this reason, I’ve named the quilt, “This Old House.”

The thing that I enjoyed most about making this quilt is all the details. I used raw-edge applique and embellished the pieces with free-motion quilting.

I knew I wanted the house to be made of bricks so I used a solid color for the house so that the quilting of the bricks would be visible.

old house_close

I love the look of the bricks on the house, but all those bricks left the back of the quilt looking like a hot mess! It seemed impossible to cut all the threads and leave the back looking neat, so once I was all done with the quilting, I fused fabric to the back to cover up all the threads.

I added some trees, birds, and butterflies to the scene.

old house_bird

I also added a cloud and filled it with poly fiberfill to give the cloud some dimension.

old house_bird2

I don’t usually add a label to the back of a quilt, even though I know I should, but in this case, I wanted to include the quote by Cynthia Rylant. I tried writing it with thread using free-motion, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked so I opted for a Sharpie and my own handwriting.


I added a couple of pockets to the back of the quilt for hanging on the wall.

“This Old House” has a spot on the wall in our hallway waiting for it. Each time I look at it, I’m sure I’ll think about my sweet Mookie.

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CitricSugar May 31, 2012 - 6:59 pm

What a sweet way to remember your cat… Love the quilting you did.

beth lehman May 31, 2012 - 7:01 pm

looks like you really enjoyed making this – so many little details. i have that cynthia rylant book and love it.

MB in MI May 31, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Nicely said…and done.

April May 31, 2012 - 7:21 pm

That is very sweet. And the house is so detailed and beautiful. Love it. April@Little Mama Hen

Patrice May 31, 2012 - 7:31 pm

This is the cutest thing! Great Job!!

Heather D. May 31, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Awww, that's so sweet. Lovely job, Nicole.

Books_Bound May 31, 2012 - 7:48 pm

I'm a sucker for a quilt with a story and for a big, beloved kitty cat. πŸ™‚ What a nice way to remember her!

BillieBee (billiemick) May 31, 2012 - 7:53 pm

A really too cute quilt for sweet memories of kitty….I love it.

Debbie May 31, 2012 - 7:55 pm

aww what a sweet post. What great details you incorporated into your Mookie memory quilt…

Heidi Staples May 31, 2012 - 8:09 pm

So sweet, Nicole. I'm so glad you'll have something special to remind you of Mookie. πŸ™‚

Katy Cameron May 31, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Oh wow, love it! The quilted bricks are amazing, and love how you did the sky too, plus, of course, all the wee details!

Cherie May 31, 2012 - 10:24 pm

That looks amazing, love the little elements and the quilting. Such a great way to remember your cat =D

Paige June 1, 2012 - 12:14 am

WHat a great way to honor Mookie. I love the quilt label,

Carla June 1, 2012 - 12:37 am

sew fun! It's nice to have a little reminder : )

Becky June 1, 2012 - 2:21 am

Great quilt, super quilting, and what a sweet way to remember your cat. It's so hard when we lose them. So sorry!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight June 1, 2012 - 3:27 am

What a sweet, meaningful quilt. I love the Cynthia Rylant quote and the handwritten label.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight June 1, 2012 - 3:27 am

What a sweet, meaningful quilt. I love the Cynthia Rylant quote and the handwritten label.

Pennie June 6, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Oh, my, now I have tears!

Heidi Grohs June 17, 2012 - 7:10 pm

I love it…especially the smart use of quilting for the brick on solid!!!!

Zumi Embiado November 28, 2012 - 3:12 am

That was so sweet. I had a great time reading your blog. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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