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From October 1997 Issue of McCall's Quilting


Stairway To Cat Heaven
Designed by Barbara Dubovsky

As every owner of a feline friend knows, when the sun sets, cats are just beginning the day. In a nocturnal celebration, appliquéd kitties frolic up and down the nine-patch "stairs" of this wall hanging, enjoying the glow of the crescent moon. Echo quilting helps create texture in the sky, and low-contrast fabrics mimic the shadows of night.

Stairway to Cat Heaven

Finished Quilt Size ... 56 1/2" x 56 1/2"

Number of Blocks and Finished Size
36 Nine-patch Blocks 6" x 6"

Planning, Cutting, and Marking ... What fun a cat lover will have planning this quilt! Looking closely at the photograph, note that Barbara chose a great variety of prints for her scrappy nine-patches, but each print has black in it.

Fabric Requirements
10-12 Assorted prints ... 1/4 yd. of each
Blue star print ... 1 3/8 yds.
Black solid ... 1 1/2 yds.
Cream solid ... 1/2 yds.
Backing ... 3 1/2 yds.
Batting ... Twin size

Other Materials
Sewing thread
Quilting thread (hand-quilting)
Monofilament thread (machine-quilting)

Click here for appliqué templates assembly instructions and diagrams.

Cutting Instructions
Assorted prints

... 14 strips 2 1/2" x WOF (width of fabric) cut in pairs of 2
... 7 strips 2 1/2" x 21", 1 to match each WOF pair
... 14 strips 2 1/2" x 21", cut in pairs of 2
... 7 strips 2 1/2" x WOF, 1 to match each 21" pair
Blue star print
...*1 square 44" x 44", cut in half diagonally to make half-square triangles (1 triangle needed)

... 4 squares 7" x 7", cut in half diagonally to make half-square triangles (cut from remaining 44" triangle)
Black solid
... 4 strips 2 1/2" x 58", pieced from 6 WOF strips
... 1 Template A
... 1 Template B
... 1 Template C
... 1 Template D
Cream solid

... 1 Template E
* cut first

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