A long time ago, I'd discovered this really cute cat block while surfing. http://w1.avis.ne.jp/~miyako/cat.JPG
(To see more of Miyako's work, go to her home page.)
When Emmie and Gordon, who are great cat-lovers, announced their engagement, I just knew I'd found the perfect use for this block. The cats are even wearing bow ties, so are dressed and pressed and ready to attend a formal event!
I drafted my own templates according to the look of the photo. I think my kitties turned out to be a bit more pudgy than in the original quilt.
I opted for more naturalistic colors, except, obviously, for the center cat that bears the inscription. These swirly, vibrant fabrics are dyed by Ellen Anne Eddy. They are used for the bow ties for all the other cats as well.
This cat represents Emmie and Gordon's ginger cat Leo.
And this one is my late and beloved silver tabby Otto. I've known Emmie since "before she was born", so she and Uncle Otto were quite well acquainted.
The rest of the crowd are no one in particular, just an homage to the wonderful world of The Cat. I had great fun choosing buttons from my burgeoning button collection for the knots on the bow ties.
All the fabrics came out of my stash. It was great fun designing the cats, looking at both colors and prints that express "fur" rather than "flower garden". Emmie and Gordon just celebrated their first anniversary, and are as happy as happy can be.