April 30, 2012

Greetings! It’s Day 1 of the 100 Blocks Volume 5 blog hop!

I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my stuff on it. If this is your first time visiting my blog All About Appliqué, you are very welcome! If you’re a regular reader or you’ve been here before, I’m glad you’re back!

It’s so much fun to have a block in these very special magazines. Here’s a little backstory for my design.

When I was a newlywed living in Ohio, three little kittens followed us home one day. They stayed for 18 years.

Maikai was the beauty of the family, a striking calico with big round eyes.

During those long years my husband and I learned a lot about cats and what they know to be true. We compiled a list of Cat Caveats, such as:

• If there is a piece of paper anywhere in a room, it must be sat upon.

• Loose objects need moving around.

• What’s on the other side of a door is not interesting until the door is closed.

There are many more, including the fact that bags, boxes, baskets, and any other type of open containers are there for the sole purpose of being climbed into by a cat.

When it came time to design a block for Volume 5 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, I started with this silhouette of Maikai…

… and sat her in a basket.

And here it is, Block #410!

I used hand appliqué for this one, but of course you can use your own favorite method.

Below is another example I stitched up using fusible web and a small machine blanket stitch. I thought it would be fun to play with feedsack-y and 30s type fabrics.

Came out pretty cute!

In the following alternate version I was going for sort of a porcelain figurine look. One of the most fun things about quilting is that you can make your block look so many different ways with just the choice of fabrics!

Be sure to follow the blog tour all week, through May 4. There are multiple bloggers participating each day, with lots of prize-winning goodness at every turn. Start out at Quiltmaker and they’ll send you on your way.

I have a copy of Volume 5 to give away! To enter my drawing, leave a comment at the bottom of this post before 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. You don’t have to be a cat person :). There are 99 other varied and wonderful blocks to choose from!

I’ll also draw a second winner, who will receive my book Growing Hearts to Appliqué.

Best of luck to everyone!

By Kay Mackenzie


271 Responses to “Sitting Pretty”

  1. May Britt on April 30th, 2012 12:26 am

    This block looks just like my cat sitting(sleeping) in his basket. Love it. Would be so happy if I won the magazine or your book.

  2. Sunnybec on April 30th, 2012 1:00 am

    Love your cat in a basket! I only have dogs now, my cat (same colour as yours) was knocked down outside our house and I have never had another one since. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Mary Crowther on April 30th, 2012 1:21 am

    I tested your Block and would love to have a copy of your Book. My version of “Sitting Pretty” is on my Blog.

  4. Beth T. on April 30th, 2012 1:31 am

    Oh, your block reminds me of our calico girls, both of whom used to love baskets, boxes, and bags. Thanks for the sweet memories.

  5. Carin on April 30th, 2012 2:31 am

    I love your block! I have a black cat who is 15 years old.

  6. Kathy on April 30th, 2012 2:51 am

    What an effective, simple block; I love applique that “speaks” without overly complex “pieces”…..thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Betsy on April 30th, 2012 2:58 am

    Kay thank you for the chance to win. I also like the book.

  8. Narelle on April 30th, 2012 3:20 am

    This block is just purr-fect for me! I am owned by 2 calico girls, love to hand applique and loving the porcelain style one.
    Thankyou for the chance to win … this would definately be my first block :)

  9. Lisa Marie on April 30th, 2012 3:53 am

    I’m excited to see this magazine and your book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Heather Mentzer on April 30th, 2012 4:14 am

    I love your cat block! So Cute! I’m new to applique, but I’m really enjoying it and hope to do a lot more.

  11. Julie on April 30th, 2012 4:14 am

    Love your block–the kitty in the basket. It’s definitely one I will try. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks.

  12. Donna A on April 30th, 2012 4:14 am

    We gave shelter to a calico kitten several years ago and she gave us 4 more kittens..as a thank you, I think. I would love to have either of your give-aways, but the kitten block block is the best!!

  13. Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts on April 30th, 2012 4:32 am

    My very first cat was a calico who had kittens in the bush in front of our farmhouse. I was about five or six years old and remember it like yesterday! This is a great block – I wonder if I could find calico cat fabric? I would name the quilt “Patches”, after my first cat.

  14. Nancy Mathewson on April 30th, 2012 4:36 am

    I’ve been enjoying your design from an earlier book and would love to add this one to my library.

  15. Carol aka 'crazy' cat lady so my family thinks on April 30th, 2012 5:02 am

    ADORABLE quilt block! My plans have most definitely changed for the day…as now I shall be busy collecting fabrics from my stash to have on hand to create a quilt using this adorable block. I am talking LOVE!

  16. Conny Brusselers on April 30th, 2012 5:06 am

    Love the block!

  17. Karen A on April 30th, 2012 5:13 am

    Love this block. We have 2 cats and they love being in baskets. I’ll be adding this to my to do list.

  18. Julie A. on April 30th, 2012 5:20 am

    Beautiful cat!!! Would love to win either the magazine or book. Thank you.

  19. Cathy on April 30th, 2012 5:21 am

    Cute applique block, perfect for a magazine like this!

  20. Judee on April 30th, 2012 5:24 am

    Love to hand appliqué and both books would be wonderful to win. I am a ‘heart’ person so maybe I’ll be chosen for the second draw :) – Thanks for all you do.

  21. Sandra on April 30th, 2012 5:26 am

    Love, love, love your applique designs!!!

  22. Diane Kennedy on April 30th, 2012 5:30 am

    Love the cat block, so versatile. Really love your appliqué designs. Thanks.

  23. Donna Russ on April 30th, 2012 5:31 am

    that is so adorable, we use to have a cat just like yours, so that makes your block special to me. thanks for a chance to win vol 5

  24. Dana on April 30th, 2012 5:32 am

    What an adorable block, I can see it as the center of a wall hanging. Your “catisms” made me laugh, so true.

  25. Penny D on April 30th, 2012 5:32 am

    Love the porcelain look!! Thanks for sharing your kitty!

  26. Janet P. on April 30th, 2012 5:36 am

    What a great cat block! I currently have 3 cats of my own and always look for cat blocks in quilting to work on.

  27. Amber on April 30th, 2012 5:39 am

    I love that you’ve immortalized your dear kitty in a quilt. Congrats on making it in the book!

  28. Donna on April 30th, 2012 5:40 am

    I enjoyed your post and the pictures of your beautiful cat. So did my grandson, who recognized your cat as “my Cake” – the name of his cat. Thanks for this opportunity to win!

  29. SewLindaAnn on April 30th, 2012 5:40 am

    Good Morning Monday! Sweet block, and thanks for sharing the story.

  30. barb jansz on April 30th, 2012 5:46 am

    Enjoyed hearing about the story of your kitties. What a beautiful way to remember them. Such a simple but striking applique.

  31. Lee Ann L. on April 30th, 2012 5:46 am

    What a cute block! It appeals to this cat person. :-)

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  32. Patti on April 30th, 2012 5:47 am

    Very sweet block that I would like to make for a friend. Thanks for a chance.

  33. KT on April 30th, 2012 5:48 am

    Great block–it caught my eye right away when I saw the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Sandra on April 30th, 2012 5:52 am

    Thank you for the chance to win either prize.

  35. Shirley on April 30th, 2012 6:01 am

    Love all of your patterns. Would love to be a lucky winner. Thank you for the opportunity to have the chance.

  36. Deb L on April 30th, 2012 6:05 am

    Love your block! But then I love cats.

  37. Victoria Miner on April 30th, 2012 6:09 am

    I love your cat block and can’t wait to make it. It’s so interesting to see how it changes with different fabric choices. Thanks so much for showing that, and for having this giveaway.

  38. Nancy on April 30th, 2012 6:19 am

    I love your kitty block and would love to have a copy of your book.

  39. Jeanne in Ohio on April 30th, 2012 6:20 am

    The kitty in the basket is adorable. My cat would be right in there too! Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Amy Higgins on April 30th, 2012 6:24 am

    WOW! You combined my favorites….cats and applique!!! Love the block!!

  41. Donna Joy on April 30th, 2012 6:33 am

    Love cats, but allergic to them. Your block is fantastic.
    Now I can have cats by using your block.

  42. kathy h on April 30th, 2012 6:40 am

    Congratulations on being in the magazine. You must be very excited. I love the cat block. We just got our new cat yesterday so I keep looking at her and seeing those cat shapes. I will need to make up your block for a cute table topper. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway.

  43. Patricia Szymanski on April 30th, 2012 6:40 am

    Your block is sew adorable! I just love kitties and can’t wait to get my hands on this issue of Quiltmaker’s Magazine!! Thanks “sew much” for this chance to win!

  44. nancy sperry on April 30th, 2012 6:40 am

    I enjoyed your blogand really appreciated the color alternatives, thanks!

  45. Dee on April 30th, 2012 6:45 am

    I love that your showed so many options. Love cats – I used to show CFA Registered Birmans.

  46. Robin on April 30th, 2012 6:45 am

    Hi Kay, your block is soooo sweet! And Maikai is a beauty! Thanks for the opportunity to win the block book, and especially your book!

  47. LeAnne L on April 30th, 2012 6:52 am

    Your blocks are so much fun, and Maikai makes such a great subject.

  48. Becky Greene on April 30th, 2012 7:01 am

    You do know your cats!! Congrats on being included in 100 Blocks and thanks for teh chance to win!

  49. angie chappell on April 30th, 2012 7:02 am

    Gotta make this block for my mother who just loves cats. thank you

  50. Katie on April 30th, 2012 7:12 am

    I love your cat block! I am a little intimidated by applique, I am so new to quilting. But someday I will have to make that block. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  51. Debbie St.Germain on April 30th, 2012 7:15 am

    Of course I love your block, who wouldn’t love a kitty and this would be so fun to do in all different fabrics. I like designs that can be repeated and use up those scraps that I save.


  52. Cecilia on April 30th, 2012 7:17 am

    I love your block! I too am a cat person. :-) thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine and your book.

  53. Judith Reynolds on April 30th, 2012 7:28 am

    Beautiful block of Maikai. Congrats and thank you for sharing…..Judith, Texas

  54. Mary W on April 30th, 2012 7:35 am

    I am a cat person too. Love the idea of a cat in the basket. Where don’t they go??? Our cat has to inspect everything I do!

  55. Janet F on April 30th, 2012 7:48 am

    LOVE THIS BLOCK! I’m sure my furry diva, Flossiefluff, would love a quilt made from this block! Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Kathleen on April 30th, 2012 7:53 am

    Wow, Kay, I love your block and especially the porcelain figurine version! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

  57. Barbara on April 30th, 2012 7:54 am

    Your block is ameowzing!

  58. Ronna on April 30th, 2012 7:56 am

    Love the cat AND the block. =)

  59. Angie SoCal on April 30th, 2012 7:57 am

    I’m not a cat owner, but I have a cousin I’d love to make your block in a pillow. Thanks for the chance!

  60. gilda on April 30th, 2012 7:57 am

    love your block! Cats are really fun pets. thanks for the pretty block

  61. SuzK on April 30th, 2012 8:01 am

    As a cat owner (actually, as person owned by a cat), this block really appeals to me. Totally love it.

  62. Kathy Lancaster on April 30th, 2012 8:04 am

    Having lost our cat, Mister, earlier this year, I love your block. Love your designs.

  63. Sandy S on April 30th, 2012 8:06 am

    Woo Hoo…Volume 5? I have every other one. Would hate to miss acquiring this one as well!
    Love the block Kay. I babysit cats for friends…they definitely have their personalities…

  64. Kay Ahr on April 30th, 2012 8:07 am

    Many of us commenting are cat lovers! I’ll have to make one in black and white for my Turkish Van! I’m just learning applique, so this is a perfect project to want to finish. Thank you!

  65. Stray Stitches (Linda G) on April 30th, 2012 8:14 am

    Darling block with the cat in the basket! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway.

  66. Wilma Searcy on April 30th, 2012 8:21 am

    What a cute kitty! This would make a lovely scrappy wall quilt with all different prints.
    I always choose hand applique, though it does take longer to finish. thanks for the giveaway.

  67. ritainalaska on April 30th, 2012 8:28 am

    cosngrats! great applique for the 100 blocks volume! thanx for offering a copy of your ‘growing hearts to applique’ … i’d love to win it.

  68. Linda on April 30th, 2012 8:29 am

    Cute block!

  69. brenda on April 30th, 2012 8:31 am

    I would love to win a copy of the mag or your book both are great. Thanks for the chance.

  70. DebrafromMD on April 30th, 2012 8:31 am

    Well, I am a cat person but unfortunately, my husband is allergic to felines. An appliqued cat block will have to do.

  71. Ruth B on April 30th, 2012 8:34 am

    Wouldn’t it be fun if cats really had calico fur and floral fur? So cute!

  72. Janice Blake on April 30th, 2012 8:42 am

    What an adorable cat!!! I would love to win one of the prizes in your drawing:)

  73. Leanne on April 30th, 2012 8:56 am

    Your cat reminds me of our Merlin who died 5 years ago. Your block is cute. It really is amazing how fabric choice changes the look of a block.

  74. Wanda on April 30th, 2012 8:56 am

    I love cats and I love applique. This block is win-win.

  75. cynthia on April 30th, 2012 9:01 am

    What a charming addition to the “cats on quilts” theme!

  76. Jennifer P on April 30th, 2012 9:03 am

    I am not usually a cat person but this block is really cute and so easy to adapt to any fabric choice. Thanks for the drawing opportunity.

  77. Jenelle B on April 30th, 2012 9:18 am

    My daughter has been and still is a cat lover, she will love this block. Thanks for the chance to win.

  78. Chris on April 30th, 2012 9:23 am

    I love cats and can’t wait to get my hands on the magazine. It will be great fun.

  79. Linda B. on April 30th, 2012 9:26 am

    Love your block! I have a orange kitty that loves to get into anything he thinks he might possibly fit into. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks.

  80. Jenny. S on April 30th, 2012 9:30 am

    Hi, love your cat block, I have a cat that quilts with me everyday.

  81. Rhonda H. on April 30th, 2012 9:32 am

    She IS a beautiful cat; we have 2 so I understand your “cat facts” ;>) Thanks for chance to win this great issue!

  82. Billie K on April 30th, 2012 9:34 am

    Great kitty block!

  83. Kathy O in GA on April 30th, 2012 9:38 am

    I’m not partial to cats due to allergies(she is sooo pretty though), but I love your block! I’d love the chance to win the magazine, or your book as I love your applique, and hearts!

  84. BarbR on April 30th, 2012 9:41 am

    Cats are my favorite pets. Right now we have a mama and three babies. Watching them is more fun than almost anything else. Thanks for a chance to win.Of course your books are outstanding as are the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks vol. I am trying to collect them all. =!=

  85. Laurie on April 30th, 2012 9:42 am

    Love the observations about cats. All true.
    They also must test every quilt made at home!

  86. Bev on April 30th, 2012 9:51 am

    Beautiful cat and photo. I like the way different fabrics change the look and feel of a block or quilt.

  87. Jay on April 30th, 2012 10:07 am

    While it may not be necessary to be a cat person, I have been one all my life. The current household includes Pearl, a Siamese mix little cutie, and Little Grace, a beautiful calico, who came to us with the same name as our German Shepherd, Grace, thus the ‘Little’.

  88. martina on April 30th, 2012 10:12 am

    Such a cute cat! Love all your applique!

  89. Caroline on April 30th, 2012 10:13 am

    Love the cat block Kay – really cute. Thank you for the giveaway.

  90. LizA. on April 30th, 2012 10:16 am

    Cute block–even if I am a dog person

  91. Janet Wright on April 30th, 2012 10:19 am

    What a pretty kitty!! Congrads and thanks for the giveaway!!

  92. Lisa on April 30th, 2012 10:32 am

    I really like the blocks with the applique. It gives it a different look. I also think you are right on when you talk about cats. If there is something for them to climb in they are going to do it. If there is something for them to move the will do that too. They can be very fun to have around and a lot of company. I like the way you came up with the idea for the block.

  93. Gail on April 30th, 2012 10:34 am

    I’m a cat person also and I just love this pattern. I also own three of your books. Hope I win.

  94. Judi R on April 30th, 2012 11:01 am

    I love the kitten skiing ing her basket. I only need to use the great piece of batik I have in my grand’s cat’s colors!

  95. Sandra Timmons on April 30th, 2012 11:12 am

    I totally agree with your comments about cats. I have a Burmese cat and I just love her. Sitting pretty captures all cat lover’s hearts everywhere. To have a chance to win Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5 or even a copy of Growing Hearts to Applique is simply awesome. Thank you for giving us that chance.

    Sandi T.

  96. Maryellen on April 30th, 2012 11:13 am

    Adorable! Great block, easy applique and cute!

  97. Sara on April 30th, 2012 11:43 am

    Cute block! I’m always fascinated by how the fabric changes the look of a pattern.

  98. Stephanie Matz on April 30th, 2012 11:51 am

    Congratulations on another great block. I’m a follower of your blog and always get inspiration one way or another. Thanks again.

  99. lindawwww on April 30th, 2012 11:53 am

    I’m a cat person too and I love your block. Very cute!


  100. Elaine on April 30th, 2012 11:57 am

    I too am a big cat lover. Have had a cat or two in my household for over 40 years. Love their quirky habits. I would love to win either book. I pretty much only do applique and love this form or quilting. Thanks for your generosity.

  101. Christa on April 30th, 2012 11:59 am

    Cats are such a joy!!

  102. Sallie on April 30th, 2012 11:59 am

    I LOVE YOUR BLOCK! It’s adorable!

  103. Jennifer Dancy on April 30th, 2012 12:03 pm

    Thanks so much for a chance to win such great prizes!

  104. Nancy Noah on April 30th, 2012 12:11 pm

    I am a cat person, and I do love your block. If only my cats were as picturesque.

  105. Brenda on April 30th, 2012 12:28 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love the cat basket. We have 2 cats of our own.

  106. Jocelyn on April 30th, 2012 12:31 pm

    What a sweet kitty. I LOVE the blue floral basket!! Thanks for sharing a copy of the latest edition of 100 Blocks.

  107. Penny Potts on April 30th, 2012 12:36 pm

    I’m the crazy cat lady of our house, and think your kitty in the basket block is purrrfect! As a new quilter, I would love to win any prize to help me get my feet wet!

  108. Becky in Georgia on April 30th, 2012 12:36 pm

    Your sitting pretty block would make a wonderful pillow for my future daughter-in-law. I can see Sitting Pretty in batik fabrics! Congratulations on having your block in Vol.5

  109. ginny on April 30th, 2012 12:38 pm

    Applique and cats! What could be better?
    Thank you for sharing both.

  110. Kate on April 30th, 2012 12:40 pm

    Oh that is darling, and for this block alone will order the issue if I dont win one. Ive got two fur kids who love to help me in the sewing room all the time! Nice job!

  111. Maureen Terblanche on April 30th, 2012 12:43 pm

    I absolutely love the porcelain figurine version of your cat. In real life she is just as beautiful! I love applique, and being a fairly new quilter I am still gathering a stash of fabric (and books!!!)

  112. Charlotte Amaro on April 30th, 2012 12:44 pm

    Oh, I such a cat person! I love this block. My kitties love to jump in my baskets and they look very much like your block (well my one cat does; the other one is substantially tubbier). Thanks for the chance to win. I’m going to be a regular follower. I very much like your designs.

  113. Diann Cornell on April 30th, 2012 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. Your kitty is beautiful.

  114. Lee on April 30th, 2012 12:48 pm

    I love your designs – congratulations on a wonderful block! Perfect for me as I am allergic to cats but love them.

  115. Chris Huff on April 30th, 2012 12:55 pm

    So much to learn and so many fabrics; I’m a late starter to quilting and there is so much I want to do!

  116. robin on April 30th, 2012 12:56 pm

    I love your block. Our calico mama cat, Lily, gave birth to 5 kittens about 2 weeks ago. I was happy to see a calico in the litter, but it’s interesting – instead of black as one of her colors like Lily, she’s gray, orange and white. Kit Kat, the tom, is gray so I guess that’s why. :)

  117. Carrie P. on April 30th, 2012 12:56 pm

    that is so neat that your cats were your inspiration for your very cute blocks. I love this magazine. I have them all from the beginning.

  118. Jan Beam on April 30th, 2012 12:59 pm

    Love cats and for some reason the old 1950’s melody came to mind when I looked at this block. Here goes ….
    How much is that kitty in the basket,
    The one with the beautiful eyes.
    How much is that kitty in the basket,
    I sure hope that I win a prize ……

  119. Judy on April 30th, 2012 1:03 pm

    That would be a fun block to incorporate into a quilt.

  120. Vickie on April 30th, 2012 1:05 pm

    Your cat block is adorable. Congrats on the publishing of it! My Siser in Law will love this block as she is a cat and basket person, so I am going to foward this along to her! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing!

  121. Janis T on April 30th, 2012 1:06 pm

    Aren’t cats wonderful! I’ll make both the feed sack and the porcelain cats and then let the imagination fly!

  122. Laurie P on April 30th, 2012 1:22 pm

    I love cats. We have one that just showed up one day and she has brightened up our little family a lot. Congrats on being chosen to be in the 100 Blocks.

  123. Glenna Reynolds on April 30th, 2012 1:23 pm

    Great giveaway!

  124. Mary on April 30th, 2012 1:23 pm

    Love the cat block. I want to make one for a friend whose cat does exactly that- sits in any basket around. She especially like the smaller fruit baskets. Problem is Tipper is over 20 pounds now.

  125. Terry H. on April 30th, 2012 1:24 pm

    Love you cat block! I am a cat person, but not so much applique, but I may just have to give this block a try! Too Cute. Thanks.

  126. Mimi Colwell on April 30th, 2012 1:24 pm

    Your cat caveats are so true. Love the block, thank you.

  127. kwiltnkats on April 30th, 2012 1:24 pm

    Cute Maikai. Curious what names you came up with for the other two. I’m a cat person too and love how you’ve recreated your kitty in the basket. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Sandi

  128. Nancy Chaddick on April 30th, 2012 1:32 pm

    We had a Maine Coon cat for 18 years and also have a bunch of “cat” sayings = Kitty loved my fabric stash and would burrow into the drawers if I left even the tiniest space. I adore your kitty pattern – think one or two of the granddaughters would enjoy a quilt with this kitty in it. Thank you!

  129. Sandra on April 30th, 2012 1:32 pm

    I am a cat lover and I love you block. Congratulations on being chosen for the newest 100 quilt blocks.

  130. Sunny on April 30th, 2012 1:35 pm

    Great block! I just love cats.

  131. Donna Amos on April 30th, 2012 1:45 pm

    What a cute block. Thanks for thegiveways

  132. VickiT on April 30th, 2012 1:51 pm

    What a beautiful cat and a great model for your block. Love that you put the kitty in the basket that way. So cute. Congratulations on being in Issue 5.

  133. Kornelia Massner on April 30th, 2012 1:53 pm

    That block is awesome and so sweet!

  134. Martha Varino on April 30th, 2012 2:00 pm

    I love your patterns. We have 5 kitties at our house. & your kit in the basket reminds me of our little calico.

  135. Estie on April 30th, 2012 2:04 pm

    Love your cat in the basket. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  136. Mary Jo Baird on April 30th, 2012 2:05 pm

    I love kitties, too! You can never have too many! Well, maybe you can! I can’t wait to get the new 100 Blocks in my hand! Yours will probably be the first block I make! I have the other 4 books so I have to have this one, too!!

  137. Carina on April 30th, 2012 2:13 pm

    I am a cat person, have 6 felines lying around the house. I also have a suit case full of cat fabric. I can just imagine making your pattern in those fabrics:)

  138. Moira McSpadden on April 30th, 2012 2:18 pm

    Love your story about your sweet calico, and the block you designed from her picture!

  139. Marge in Louisiana on April 30th, 2012 2:23 pm

    I love applique and this looks so easy to do. Hope I win a book so I would have the pattern.

  140. Liz Engman on April 30th, 2012 2:56 pm

    I can see this block in a quilt for one of my sisters–or a grandchild. Very sweet.

  141. Kay Pucciarelli on April 30th, 2012 3:05 pm

    I love your block, maybe because I am also a cat lover!

  142. Madeline on April 30th, 2012 3:23 pm

    OH, I love that cat in the basket! I have a stuffed rooster that I sit in an empty basket, and call it “chicken in a basket”. I would love to make that block in a quilt or just as a wall hanging.

  143. Sher Stiles on April 30th, 2012 3:27 pm

    I absolutely love your cat basket. It reminds me of the 3 cats that used to call my house home. We had two boys and a little girl and I can see all of them sitting in a basket if not boxes. Definitely will get the magazine just to have that block. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  144. Cheryl on April 30th, 2012 3:38 pm

    Love the applique! And my 4yo son just peeked over my shoulder and wanted to see if there was another basket with an elephant in it:-)

  145. Robyn Brown on April 30th, 2012 4:07 pm

    I really like that flower version. Lovely.

  146. Susan on April 30th, 2012 4:32 pm

    How cute! Really would be honored to win either book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  147. Nancy on April 30th, 2012 4:39 pm

    My daughter has two wonderful cats. I have two of your books and love your work.

  148. Lynn S on April 30th, 2012 4:43 pm

    Your cat block is purrfect! A really cute pattern!

  149. MarciaW on April 30th, 2012 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway. The machine applique stitch is so very tiny. You are a very talented quilter – congratulations on being selected for QM 100 blocks v5.

  150. June Cowles on April 30th, 2012 4:49 pm

    This is a beautiful block. I love the porcelain cat! I have only tried applique twice in 15 years. This block is one that I would like to try!

  151. ellen on April 30th, 2012 4:53 pm

    I am a cat person too. My oldest adoptee was 20. My current one has been with us 7 years so far and she must’ve been at least a year old when she found us. Over here, “Maikai” means “good”, “fine”, “very well”. Good name! Great block!

  152. Joan Trautwein on April 30th, 2012 4:55 pm

    The block is so sweet and it does say “this is what I’m good at”–looking adorable. Only have a grandcat now–our 18 yr old stray, all black, sweet lady has passed on. She couldn’t get up the bottom porch step, she was so tiny. I do miss her along with our 14 yr old adopted Jack Russell. Sigh! Would love to win this. Thank you for the chance.

  153. Judy on April 30th, 2012 4:57 pm

    I am very much a cat person so I love your block and liked seeing the pictures of Maikai

  154. Robbin on April 30th, 2012 5:34 pm

    So cute in feedsack print. Thanks! Can’t wait for the magazine.

  155. Pat Hersl on April 30th, 2012 5:36 pm

    Only cat in my life is the grandcat, and we love him. But I really flipped for your hearts! A wonderful look.

  156. candace on April 30th, 2012 5:40 pm

    Hi Kay, Thank you for the chance to win AND another great design :D Count me in the cat households…I have 2!

  157. Sheryl W. on April 30th, 2012 5:41 pm

    I have to make that cat block! I’m a “cat person”, too. I’ve been having lots of fun with your dolls and dresses book.

  158. TX JennyWren on April 30th, 2012 5:48 pm

    I love your cat in the basket block. How cute!!

  159. Tina Conner on April 30th, 2012 6:02 pm

    Love your Klingon, I mean Cat block. Loved seeing it in different fabric flavors. I sure miss my two girls Lacey and Stormy and my dog girl Callie. I think of Willie often. Thanks again for the very cute block. Can’t wait to see your new book.

  160. Jill on April 30th, 2012 6:10 pm

    I am going to have to use your block to make quilt for my cat loving daughter. It is really cute.

  161. jmniffer on April 30th, 2012 6:12 pm

    Fun block. I’m new to applique but willing to give it a try. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  162. Tricia on April 30th, 2012 6:14 pm

    Wow…. now there are 2 things that seem to go hand & paw. Cats & Quilts seem to be almost a requirement for all Quilters. I can’t wait to play with your wonderful block. And I just drooling over you second prize of “Growing Hearts by Applique”. I have discovered that I rather enjoy applique and would love to add your book to my anemic book collection. Congrats on your block making the magazine and thank you for the chance to win.

  163. Diantha Howard on April 30th, 2012 6:15 pm

    I am a cat person and I liked your block of the cat in the basket. I particularly liked how different it looked with different fabrics!

  164. Sandy A in St. Louis on April 30th, 2012 6:20 pm

    Very cute block! Thanks for showing all the different fabric options. It’s fun seeing how different they look!

  165. JoAn GODFREY on April 30th, 2012 6:24 pm

    my calico was PHANTOM.
    my sister’s cats are always on her baskets. she has sold longaberger baskets for about 25 years. she has LOTS of baskets. she may need one of these in a wall hanging or into a quilt.

  166. Beth Vilsack on April 30th, 2012 6:33 pm

    I love the kitty in the basket! congratulations on being in the 100 blocks book!

  167. Jan on April 30th, 2012 6:51 pm

    I love kitties! All of yours are very cute.

  168. Linda E in AZ on April 30th, 2012 7:16 pm

    I used to be cat owned, but sadly am no longer since we moved (may I borrow a cat??). We used to live in Sunnyvale so know your area….

  169. Marcai on April 30th, 2012 7:17 pm

    My furry friend Tommy and and I love your block. I have just begun using applique and am still learning. Your pattern will be a good one as I learn.

  170. Nancy on April 30th, 2012 7:21 pm

    I am not a great cat lover but I really like the alternative block – the fabric choices are great and the idea is wonderful for friends who love cats! Thanks.

  171. Charlene on April 30th, 2012 7:25 pm

    Very nice block, makes me smile

  172. Cathryn on April 30th, 2012 7:30 pm

    Love the Kitty block. I love cats and kittens and while I would love to have them, allergies don’t allow the furred kind. So I have to make do with other versions. This will be a definite block to make for me

  173. Cindy on April 30th, 2012 7:33 pm

    What a cute cat block. I have several friends that are big cat lovers that I thought of when I saw this block. Congrats on being in the magazine.

  174. Deb T. on April 30th, 2012 7:48 pm

    Sorry, I really wasn’t excited about your cat block. Cats make me sneeze and wheeze. I do like your color choices for your blocks, though.

  175. Cindi C on April 30th, 2012 8:05 pm

    Love the block! We have 6 cats and you can’t leave anything laying around, but they have to sit on or in it. Too funny!

    Congrats on being in the 100 Block issue

  176. Doris - The Quilting Queen on April 30th, 2012 8:12 pm

    I’m not a cat lover at all but my 4 year old granddaughter would love it if Nana made her something with this cat on it.

  177. Donna m on April 30th, 2012 8:22 pm

    I love baskets and my best friend loves cats. This may be my first applique project. Very cute!

  178. Linda (Petey) on April 30th, 2012 8:42 pm

    Another animal lover here, but there is a dog at my feet when I’m sewing. Love seeing the way the fabric changes the block. Very nice.

  179. Joyce Mitchell on April 30th, 2012 8:45 pm

    Love your cat applique. Your cat caveats are right on the money. Thanks for the chance to win.

  180. Angela N. on April 30th, 2012 8:47 pm

    Im a kitty lover myself. I have the cat my mom got for us when i was 12… hes an old man now, but still going strong. The block is amazing! I love the idea you had!

  181. Tracy on April 30th, 2012 8:57 pm

    Very cute & classic cat! I’ve got a few relatives and friends that might be getting this for Christmas. THANKS!!!

  182. Sherry Moran on April 30th, 2012 9:06 pm

    This classy cat looks like a block I will do. I am learning to applique and a cat block will encourage me, ’cause I love cats! Thanks.

  183. Jen on April 30th, 2012 9:16 pm

    Lovely kitty! The block, and especially the inspiration.

  184. Jennifer J on April 30th, 2012 9:21 pm

    I do love your kitty. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  185. Karen on April 30th, 2012 9:28 pm

    Your cat is beautiful, just the kind that my daughter would love to have. Our cat is a very soft grey with a white tip on her tail. I enjoy the quiet needle work of hand applique, it’s my “stress buster”. But sometimes the cat would rather get my attention and will walk back and forth on my lap to get it.

  186. Debra Lee on April 30th, 2012 9:34 pm

    Definately my favorite block!

  187. Vickie on April 30th, 2012 9:53 pm

    What a cute block! I love cats and baskets too.

  188. Karrie Smith on April 30th, 2012 9:58 pm

    I am definitely a cat person, so I love your block. I can’t wait to check out your book! THanks for the chance to win :)

  189. Lindsay Mattison on April 30th, 2012 9:59 pm

    I LOVE your beautiful little kitty in the basket! I’m not much of a cat person, but I do LOVE your block! Congrats!

  190. Diane Wagner on April 30th, 2012 10:17 pm

    If I had an empty basket, one of my cats would be in it for sure. Love your block!

  191. Julie in WA on April 30th, 2012 10:55 pm

    Your calico cat is stunning! Her colors are just perfectly situated! Your cat block is just so cute, love it in the reproduction fabrics!

  192. Annie on April 30th, 2012 10:56 pm

    I’m not a big fan of applique (probably because I’m not very good at it), but the variations on your cat pattern may make me rethink my position!

  193. Binks on April 30th, 2012 11:05 pm

    I’m not necessarily a cat person, but this block is super cute. I love the idea and would switch in a rabbit instead. My little bunny gets in absolutely everywhere and a basket is not stranger.

  194. Peach Rainbow on April 30th, 2012 11:21 pm

    Congrats on your block and thanks for the chance :)

  195. Janet on April 30th, 2012 11:59 pm

    Great block! I particularly like the porcelain version. My mother used to say “curiosity killed the cat” – I interpreted that as that the cat got closed in somewhere it was searching out and forgotten about. Sad story but cats are very curious.

  196. Deb on May 1st, 2012 2:12 am

    I love your block. It is just so cute.

  197. Martha Raiford on May 1st, 2012 3:49 am

    I love kitties…so I love this block…thanks for be so creative and for giving us a chance to win. Have a great day.

  198. Kris L. on May 1st, 2012 5:22 am

    What a great block. I will add that if a human is trying to sew, that fabric must be napped upon to your list of cat caveats.

  199. Joyce Carter on May 1st, 2012 5:32 am

    Congratulations on having your block featured in Volumn 5! It is so cute. I love to do applique so this is one block that I would like to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

  200. Debbie S, on May 1st, 2012 5:52 am

    Love your kitty block…lost my calico last year she was my quiltig partner!! I would love to win your book! Thank you

  201. Dell on May 1st, 2012 6:09 am

    I have always been a fan of appliqué. Your block is great.

  202. rosa on May 1st, 2012 6:11 am

    Beautiful block and both are just wonderful.Thanks for the gieveaway!

  203. Amanda E on May 1st, 2012 6:20 am

    That is so true about kitties. I am about to have 3 Bengal Cats and if those are true about your average cat, they are EXTRA true about Bengals ;)

  204. Shelley dionne on May 1st, 2012 6:21 am

    Oh a Cat Block!!!! I love him :) Love applique and wish I had more time to do it!

  205. Jan S on May 1st, 2012 6:42 am

    I’m addicted to applique and always have a project going. Love this cat! I have 2 cats of my own and can’t imagine being without one. Your blog is wonderful and fun to read. Thank you!

  206. Kathy on May 1st, 2012 6:49 am


  207. Barb N on May 1st, 2012 7:14 am

    I’m glad for this Blog Tour because I get to visit your wonderful site and learn some insights about hand applique, a skill I have yet to conquer. I enjoyed reading about the creative process that went into your cat basket design!

  208. Verna on May 1st, 2012 7:27 am

    First time here, and as soon as I saw your beautiful cat block, and read the story I decided to leave a comment, which I haven’t been doing. I had 2 beautiful brothers for 14 years, and just said good-bye a month ago. I chuckled at the things you learned over those 18 years, they are so true. Cats are the so entertaining.

  209. Becky (central oregon) on May 1st, 2012 7:59 am

    I have just the person for the sitting pretty block!!!

  210. Debbie Rhodes on May 1st, 2012 8:06 am

    Love this I will have to make two pillows for my daughters two kittys..

  211. Marsha on May 1st, 2012 8:10 am

    Hello! I love the varied looks of your block throughout this post. The porcelain look is my favorite. I have many friends who love cats so they will also enjoy this. Thank you.

  212. mo on May 1st, 2012 8:10 am

    Very cute block. I am extremely allergic to cats, but this one I could welcome into my home!

  213. Kathleen on May 1st, 2012 8:17 am

    Can’t resist a kitty. Can’t wait to get home and make one of these.

  214. Gwen W on May 1st, 2012 8:21 am

    My 2 cats prefer to curl up in boxes – but the basket makes a much better applique subject!

  215. Lynn D in NC on May 1st, 2012 8:22 am

    Would love the book or the magazine. Love the cat caveats – all so true.

  216. Joleen Graham on May 1st, 2012 8:23 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I love the cat block, as we have always had a cat around until our last one passed on, and we decided we could not replace Bud!

  217. Michelle Harrison on May 1st, 2012 8:45 am

    Great block! I could see a way to use some buttons on that little circle piece.

  218. April on May 1st, 2012 9:22 am

    I love the way you took an everyday action of your cat and incorporated it into a quilt block. Wonderful!

  219. flavia on May 1st, 2012 9:23 am

    ciao desidererei mettermi in contatto con te per avere delle delucidazioni di una tua tecnica…puoi darmi indirizzo e-mail per favore??’
    grazie e ciao

  220. Dea on May 1st, 2012 9:42 am

    I love your kitty block, esp. made with the flower fabric. I’m already seeinga nice pillow cover with it in my future :-).
    Thank you for a chance to win a copy of the book.
    Dutch hugs,

  221. Betty Bradley on May 1st, 2012 9:48 am

    I loved your pattern and will visit your website often!

  222. Rose on May 1st, 2012 9:48 am

    Congrats, I do like your block and I’m not a cat person so that really says alot

  223. Jill on May 1st, 2012 9:49 am

    Very cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

  224. Ellie T. on May 1st, 2012 10:04 am

    Love the cat applique… yep, a cat lover, too. Thanks for the giveaways.

  225. Amy C on May 1st, 2012 10:21 am

    Very cute – very well done :) This looks like a super book!!!

  226. Leila on May 1st, 2012 10:41 am

    My girls sure are cat people!
    The fun thing about the 100 blocks is that there is something for everyone! Thanks for putting together a block and for the giveaway.

  227. Kristen on May 1st, 2012 10:53 am

    That is adorable! One thing I always love about the 100 Blocks hops is that you lead in with so much backstory before getting to the block that it is so fun to see the reveal.

    I spent my life dreading cats since we had a mean one when I was very small. This past Christmas, the kids talked me into getting one from a rescue shelter. It has been a crazy learning curve and I am teasing the cat people I know for not giving me all the “caveats” in advance! Sitting in things is definitely on that list and I can’t wait to make something from this block when I get a copy of the magazine.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  228. Patti on May 1st, 2012 11:13 am

    What a beautiful cat.

  229. PhyLLis on May 1st, 2012 11:34 am

    My daughter and her family have 3 cats, and they’re always sitting in her decorative baskets, so your block just may be the start of a wallhanging for their new house! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Volume 5 *Ü*

  230. Jamie on May 1st, 2012 11:45 am

    I am not a cat person, but I like how you showed your block in different fabrics. Based on the picture, it looks like you captured you cat perfectly.

  231. Beth Sanders on May 1st, 2012 12:00 pm

    Adorable! And your kitty list…exactly!!

  232. Sandy F on May 1st, 2012 12:29 pm

    I Love Applique and Love your Cat Block! Thanks for a chance to win the Quiltmakers 100 BlocksBook!

  233. Kathy Biggs on May 1st, 2012 12:46 pm

    Well, that kitty is just ‘sittin’ pretty’. lol Love the block. Congratulations for having a block in the new edition. And, thanks for a chance to win the magazine and your wonderful book.

  234. Karen Heck on May 1st, 2012 12:48 pm

    Love your designs and happy for you that you got in the magazine. I haven’t delved into applique yet, it’s definitely on my list of to-dos.

  235. JayneHonnold on May 1st, 2012 12:59 pm

    Hello Kay, I am happy to meet you through the 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I randomly clicked on your blog because of your last name which happens to be my maiden name – McKenzie. Imagine my surprise when I learned that you once lived in Ohio! I’m a life-long resident here, and so are my ancestors! We could be related – now how about that??

    I love applique, but an reluctant to do very much of it, as it intimidates me. I watched a woman demonstrate some really clever techniques at a recent quilt show in Cincinnati, and it was inspiring! I think I could learn to be more comfortable with applique if I just did it more.

    Hoping I win something! I will continue to follow your blog.

  236. Margaret Vargas on May 1st, 2012 1:18 pm

    We have a cat named Kate. She is getting along in years. I hope I don’t have to say goodby too soon. I love your block. Just the thing I need.

  237. Denise on May 1st, 2012 1:27 pm

    That kitty block is so cute. I just found my cat sitting in the middle of dinette table on top of folded placemats. I guess he wants to be a centerpiece.lol

  238. Kat on May 1st, 2012 1:47 pm

    Great block~ That bears a striking resembelance to our cat, Jiji! I would love to have the book. I have 3 of yours thus far and enjoy them all greatly. I do have to say the cds with the books has me totally spoiled.

  239. Annie K on May 1st, 2012 2:12 pm

    I have a daughter who would adore your kitty in a basket,though hers seem to prefer paper bags and the bathroom sink. :-)

  240. Beverly Lawler on May 1st, 2012 2:13 pm

    I love the looks of your new applique book. I would love the chance to win it and the chance to win the magazine. Love your kitty!!

  241. Anne C. on May 1st, 2012 2:27 pm

    Wonderful blocks! I have two “grand” cats. They stay at my house whenever my daughter and son-in-law travel. Though my husband is allergic, both cats adore him. Sweet story about the kittens following you home.

    Congratulations for having your block chosen and for publishing a new book, too. I adore heart designs.

  242. Gill on May 1st, 2012 2:43 pm

    I love your block! especially the second version!

  243. Karen on May 1st, 2012 3:11 pm

    Love your block, and I’m not even a cat person. Congrats on being in this issue.

  244. Ruth Janssen on May 1st, 2012 3:31 pm

    I love your cat in a basket block!! And I would love to win the book so I can make your block. My sister is a cat lover and it would be perfect for her!

  245. Jeanne on May 1st, 2012 3:36 pm

    What a cute block! When I seen it I instantly thought of all the cat lovers I know who would enjoy a quilt made from it.

  246. marci on May 1st, 2012 4:05 pm

    thank you for the giveaway!!

  247. Blondie on May 1st, 2012 4:32 pm

    Adorable block ! Congratulations on being selected to be in the book.

  248. Lacesell Hayes on May 1st, 2012 4:55 pm

    I don’t have a website but I am a big fan of quilting websites. Found yours from “WE LOVE QUIlTING”. I love applique and your block was a favorite with me. Keep up the wonderful work. Thank you. Lacesell

  249. Jodi G. on May 1st, 2012 5:29 pm

    I love your block! My daughter’s cat is going on 15 yrs. We went to a pet store when she was young and before I could change directions, she had found her cat. I know she would love this block. I’m so glad there are lots of great applique blocks out. I love doing applique. Congratulations on having your block chosen to be included in Vol.5.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  250. Shirley V on May 1st, 2012 6:18 pm

    I loved the stories of your cats, and I LOVE the block you designed. It really captures the pose. So cute!

  251. 4dreamsr on May 1st, 2012 6:24 pm

    So cute block! Such a wonderful cat story. I am a cat person too. Would love to win & thanks for a chance.

  252. Mary on May 1st, 2012 6:42 pm

    Cute block and story. I love the pictures of your calico cat.

  253. Kate Brown on May 1st, 2012 7:22 pm

    I love cats and I love your block. This is definately a block I would make so hoping I win this one :) Thank you so much1

  254. Annmarie on May 1st, 2012 7:45 pm

    The animal blocks are always the best – yours is super cute. Thanks for the chance to win Vol 5.

  255. Debbie Fick on May 1st, 2012 7:53 pm

    Cute kitty!

  256. Margaret R on May 1st, 2012 7:55 pm

    Your cat block is awesome.

  257. Cindy O'Dear on May 1st, 2012 8:03 pm

    We live with a tiny yorkie dog and a large calico cat. It is fun to watch them play in among my fabric, as I am planning a quilt. It is also fun having a cat much larger than the dog!

  258. Ann carrico on May 1st, 2012 8:41 pm

    Love the kitten block!!

  259. Dolly Foster on May 1st, 2012 8:54 pm

    I can hardly wait to get the pattern to make this block with my momma cat and her son.

  260. Diane Hines on May 1st, 2012 9:08 pm

    I love the block and am really glad to find the list of applique pattern companies and pattern designers. I will definately be looking at them.

  261. Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on May 1st, 2012 10:28 pm

    Eu achei muito bonito o seu gato,parabéns e a história da porta é super.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

  262. Carol in E TN on May 2nd, 2012 12:48 am

    What a wonderful block. Thanks for the giveaway.

  263. Rachel on May 2nd, 2012 8:57 am

    I am ABSOLUTELY a cat person! I have four girls right now, and they love baskets (and quilts!). Such a cute block!!

  264. Carla G on May 2nd, 2012 9:00 am

    Very cute block! Congratulations on having your block published. :)

  265. Diannia House on May 2nd, 2012 10:12 am

    Hi Kay,

    I met you in Fresno at the quilt show last month and bought almost all of your books! I’ve got to have this cat block too!!!


  266. Rosemary on May 2nd, 2012 10:22 am

    I just LOVE your Sitting Pretty block and caveats. I also have three cats so I could probably add at least one to your list: If you’re working on a quilt and put it down, a cat with sit on it. You could do an entire quilt on cats and their various positions. You should do one in a box!

  267. Nancysue on May 2nd, 2012 1:15 pm

    Congrats on your block!!! Love it! This little kitty may be “Sitting Pretty” right now, but I can imagine it’s ready to bound out of the basket and get into some trouble. My 4 yr old son renamed your block “Mr. Snickers in His Time Machine”. Mr. Snickers was my father’s cat. I have no idea where the whole time machine comes into play:) Congrats again! It will on the top of my to do list of blocks from the magazine!

  268. Linda Hubbard on May 2nd, 2012 4:17 pm

    Congrats on a lovely block – I’m a cat lover too! Thanks for the chance to win an issue…

  269. Chris Windham on May 3rd, 2012 5:40 am

    Love your cat block. I am also a Cat lover, mine just turned 17. Thank you for the chance to win the books.

  270. janet on May 3rd, 2012 7:28 am

    Hi Kay – I LOVE your blog!!!I love applique too! My mom taught me and my 3 sisters how to sew when we were in elementary school and I have been sewing ever since. I created my own “quilts” the way I thought looked right. Only last year, after all of my 5 children married, I took my first introduction to quilting class and made a sampler. Now I really DO know the right way and am loving trying these new skills. Piecing is so creative, but in my heart I LOVE APPLIQUE!!! I am taking a quilting class next week on the crayon tinting for quilts and also embellishing with embroidery – I’m SO excited. I am looking foward to catching up on your website and all of you blog posts – SO MUCH FUN AHEAD. I would love to be in the drawing too! Thank you for including me,
    Janet in sunny Texas

  271. admin on May 3rd, 2012 8:18 am

    The contest closed at 7:00 p.m. California time on May 2.

    Thank you one and all!