Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Crafty Cats

Cat lovers, this line is for you! Crafty Cats by Cheryl Haynes features your favorite feline friends. Comfy, cozy, and oh-so-cute! The collection includes a panel of cat blocks and a huge variety of coordinating prints. 

We asked Cheryl to give us some background on the Crafty Cats collection:

With a line like Crafty Cats, we have to ask: Are you a cat owner?
I used to have cats—I had a cat for years and years and just figured I had seasonal allergies. I’m allergic to them—once we lost our cat, I didn’t get another one. I do still like them though!

What makes cats so fun for a fabric line?
There are so many different styles of dogs, but all cats basically look the same. So instead, I changed the color. I really like the blue and green with the cats. It’s a different color palette.

How did you design this line?
I’m a doodler. I hand draw my designs to start with and play around with different ideas. In this case, much of my playing was in the colors—how to make the cats look different through their coloring.

Tell us about the panel.
It’s cats in all their favorite places. I really do love the blue cats! The one thing that’s different about this panel is I normally try to keep each block in the panel separate. But in this panel, the sleeping cat has a tail that extends into the block below.

Tell us about the blenders.

I think the leaf dance is a really pretty fabric. I also like the thread dot. They’re great blenders. I like to design lines with a lot of different shades of the same color because you can do so much with them in a quilt.

The Crafty Cats collection has two free quilt patterns: 

"Cats N Bows" by Cheryl Haynes
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

"The Cat's Meow" by Benartex Studio
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire Crafty Cats collection.
Click here to find the free quilt patterns. 

p.s. Are you an animal lover? Next week we'll be posting as part of the Piece for Shelter Pets, an exciting venture for animals by quilters! Get a quick preview of what it's all about here.
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1 comment:

  1. I love this fabric! The colors are so comforting, and the blue cat totally makes sense to me. I will be talking to my LQS about placing an order.