Cat Quilts: Feline-Inspired Patterns and Blocks

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Perhaps it’s no coincidence that a few years after I started quilting, I adopted a cat. Murph has “helped” with so many quilt projects over the years that I decided I had to have a second quilt cat, Chloe. Together, they make sure that my quilt tops stay grounded to the floor when I’m not working on them. With care and concern, they “try out” my quilt binding before I use it, just to make sure it’s durable. They also test my quilts for comfort after they are bound and freshly washed. Honestly, I don’t know if I could quilt at all without a the support of my furry quality assurance team.

Cat Sleeping on a Quilt

If you are a feline-loving quilter, you’ll enjoy this roundup of Craftsy cat quilting patterns and member projects!

From paper-pieced blocks to appliqué patterns and inspirational ideas, these cat quilts are the perfect way to honor your four-legged sidekicks.

Quilt with Patterned Cat Head Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Anna – Six White Horses

Modern cat quilt:

First up is a modern cat quilt with a bold and graphic look that works well with solids or monochromatic prints. The Whiskers Paper-Pieced Quilt Block Pattern is a FREE download from Anna of Six White Horses Patterns. Perhaps you can use this paper-pieced block to create an interactive quilt (Twister, anyone?) that will entertain and delight your cats.

Halloween-Themed Cat Quilt

Photo via Brittany Love

Halloween mug rug:

Brittany of Stitches of Love Quilting offers this Halloween-inspired Boo Cat Mug Rug pattern in her Craftsy shop. We love the whimsical take on a traditionally spooky holiday with her picks of polka dot fabrics! This cat quilt features cool shades and a sweet smile that looks great with a bold blanket stitch used for appliqué.

Black Cat Quilted Mousepad

Photo via Craftsy member Darlee

Cat mousepad:

Ready for a fun game of cat and mouse? This quilted mousepad pattern is a simple project that makes a great accessory for your computer workstation. It’s also a fun handmade gift idea! Who said that cat quilts have to be for cats? Practice your appliqué with this classic cat silhouette.

Cat Head Quilt Pattern

Photo via Red Boots

Lots of kitties quilt:

Fusible appliqué is a great technique for adding in the tiny details to capture a cat’s sweet expression. The Red Boot Quilt Company shares the Catnip! pattern in their Craftsy shop. If you like your cat quilts to really pop with color, this mix of jewel tones and earth tones makes a darling bedspread. There are even some mice and birds thrown in for good measure!

Quilted Cat-Themed Screen

Photo via Craftsy member angele.rh919776

Quilted room divider:

Although it’s not a pattern, Cats in the Saisons is a project featuring four different scenes displayed on a room divider screen. Craftsy member angele.rh919776 made the cat quilt as a gift for her aunt. She used fabric and thread to depict four different cats having fun.

Cat Bed Quilt

Photo via Craftsy member pw_quiltworks

Traditional cat quilt:

The Sawtooth Cats Quilt, a project by Craftsy member pw_quiltworks, marries a traditional quilt pattern with the whimsy of cat faces and tails. The sawtooth design decorates each cat’s back to give it a striped look. The geometric look of this quilt almost disguises the fact that the blocks are cats.

More cat quilting patterns can be found here. You might also enjoy our roundup of 12 pet-inspired art projects.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for tips on finishing your quilt edges!

Do your cats like to “help” with your quilting projects? What do you think of cat quilts?

Comments

  1. Dawn says:

    Our two feline helpers like selecting pieces of cloth to go into quilts or be made into cloth mice! Thank you for posting the pics, each and everyone is gorgeous.

    I’m making a kitty inspired quilt, though still some way to go. I like making quick and easy Cosy Cat Coasters too, tutorial and free pattern here http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/make-cosy-cat-coaster/4574236293

  2. Rosemary says:

    I have made many quilts with the theme of cats because we have 3 rescue felines. My first was a Laurel Birch tiles quilt and my last was a 16 fabric sudoku. Whew! That was fun! My husband’s quilt is features cats on motorcycles and my daughter’s has kittens on clouds. Our little female black Bombay like to take pins out of my WIP projects so I’ve had to switch to the flat head type as the ones with little balls on the top she pulls out with her teeth. Love the patterns shown above!

  3. Sue Cole says:

    Way too cute.