You know, sometimes the very best thing about a project isn’t the actual project itself. (I feel like I’ve mentioned this before…) I could tell you all about the things I learned as I tried free motion quilting a whole quilt for the first time. I figured it was about time since my plan for this one was to keep it for ourselves. For example, I only got about half done before I remembered to drop the feed dogs so that’s one thing. But honestly the very best part of this project happened during the binding.
Last January we adopted a new kitty and named her Kaylee. Kaylee was not yet a year old, but hadn’t been socialized in the home she was born to. She is incredibly curious, but also incredibly shy. One of the assistants at the shelter shared concerns that she might not ever be a lap snuggle cat. Kaylee loves our older cat Conan even though there is nearly 15 years age gap between the two and he has been a very good example to her in how to be a cat. She comes up to get pets and treats from my husband and I, and is slowly getting more and more social.
So trust me when I say, the best thing about this quilt is that part way through the hand binding, Kaylee decided to try out being a lap cat. And not as in a quick hop up and never fully settle, but a full on settled in several minutes stretch.
Since this experience, she’s getting more at ease with getting up on the couch next to me, but hasn’t yet tried out my husband’s lap other than just a quick situation check. But I have high hopes for my orange girl’s future. Though I do have some concerns about our Christmas Tree this year.